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Longtime NY Sports Writer Maury Allen Dead At 78

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NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime sports writer Maury Allen, who penned biographies of everyone from Jackie Robinson to Joe Namath and spent 27 years writing for The New York Post, has died of lymphoma. He was 78.

Allen primarily covered the New York Yankees for The Post, which confirmed that the author died Sunday at his home in Cedar Grove, N.J. Allen also worked for The Journal News and Sports Illustrated, wrote more than three dozen books and served an adviser on “The Bronx is Burning.”

Allen also had a minor acting role in “The Odd Couple.” He also was a staple in several sports documentaries.

He recently completed a book about former Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder Dixie Walker, which was released earlier this year.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.