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 Welcome to jackgallagher.com. Here you can read about the life and times of sports columnist, publicist, promoter and broadcaster Jack Gallagher and keep up with his latest writings and travels. You can see photos and work from his 20-year career in the sports media field.

 

With Bobby Valentine @ Chiba Marine Stadium - 3/10/2004

 This photo with Chiba Lotte Marines manager Bobby Valentine was taken after my exclusive interview with him prior to the start of the first season of his second tenure with the Pacific League team. Nine years after our first interview, he was still insightful and opinionated, which made for a very compelling chat.

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With Yokozuna Takanohana in Tokyo - 2/21/2003

This photo was taken following an exclusive interview with Yokozuna Takanohana. The recently retired sumo wrestling grand champion (who won 22 tournaments) spoke on a wide range of subjects during our hour-long get together. I found him to be easygoing and a great interview.

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 With Naoko Takahashi in Tokyo - 12/13/2002

This photo was taken following an exclusive interview with Japan's 2000 Olympic marathon Gold Medalist. Q-chan gave very compelling and candid comments during our hour-long chat. I was very impressed by the class she exuded. A great ambassador for Japan.

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Read the interview - Part II

 

At Iffley Road in Oxford, England - November 2000

This photo was taken at the site of the legendary feat accomplished by Sir Roger Bannister in 1954. Bannister became the first man to break four minutes in the mile when he ran 3:59.4 on May 6, 1954. I am very into the history of track and field and was glad to finally visit this famous site. I nominated Bannister as one of the greatest sportsmen of the 20th century when I participated in the nomination conference for the World Sports Awards of the Century in June 1999 in Vienna.

 

With Franz Klammer in Vienna - 6/10/99

This photo with the Austrian skiing legend was taken during the nomination conference for the World Sports Awards of the Century. Klammer won the gold medal in the downhill at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, with an amazing run that is still talked about to this day. Klammer won 26 World Cup races during his career. During my interview with him he mentioned that he had recently been to Japan on a promotional outing along with fellow Austrian skiing sensation Hermann Maier. When I said to Klammer, "You were skiing in Japan with Hermann Maier?" His reply was, "No my friend. I was not skiing with Hermann Maier. He was skiing with me!"

 

With Sadaharu Oh, Masanori Murakami @ Fukuoka Dome - 11/5/96

This photo was taken prior to the start of one of the post-season All-Star Games between the Japanese and MLB stars. This was quite a moment, as I was standing with the all-time home run leader (868) in Pro Baseball history and the first Japanese to play in the Major Leagues.

 

With Michael Johnson in Tokyo - August 1995

This photo with the American track legend was taken following an interview at his hotel. Johnson had just made a splash on the world scene by winning the 200 and 400 meters at the World Championships in Sweden. The following summer, at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, he won 3 gold medals (200, 400, 4x400 relay) and shattered the world record in the 200 meters, running an incredible time of 19.32 seconds. Michael is a class act. He is very intelligent, especially about marketing and the business side of track and field. He also doesn't take himself too seriously. When I arrived at the hotel for the interview, I found him waiting in the lobby for me.

 

 With Steve Young in Tokyo - August 1995

This photo with the future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback was taken after an interview at his hotel. Steve and the San Francisco 49ers were in Japan to play in the American Bowl at Tokyo Dome against the Denver Broncos. Steve had culminated the previous season by leading the 49ers to victory over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. He threw a Super Bowl record 6 TDs in that game and was named MVP. By this time in his career, Steve already had his law degree. He was friendly and confident and well-versed in the history of Japan.

 

With John McEnroe in Tokyo - November 1995

This photo with the tennis legend was taken after an interview at the Ariake Colosseum. McEnroe was in Japan to play in a Senior Tour event. It was a fascinating interview. He spoke candidly on a wide range of subjects, including music, his broadcasting career and the British press. He came across as a very laid back guy. Always know for his fiery temper, he went out of his way to make me feel at ease.

 

With Bobby Valentine @ Kamoikeno Stadium in Kagoshima, Japan - 2/26/95

This shot was taken after an interview I conducted with Chiba Lotte Marines manager Bobby Valentine during training camp prior to the first season he managed in Japan. Kagoshima is on Japan's southern island of Kyushu. Valentine led the Marines to their best record in 25 years in 1995, but was fired after the season ended. He returned to the States, took the New York Mets to the World Series in 2000, and now has returned to Japan for a second stint with the Marines.

 

With my wife Mari, AABR President Fumihiro Fujisawa and author Robert Whiting in Tokyo - November 1997

Shortly after moving to Japan in 1994, I became a member of the Association of American Baseball Research. This photo was taken at the 20th anniversary party for the AABR. Many prominent members of the Japanese baseball community attended the event, including Robert Whiting, the acclaimed author of "The Chrysanthemum and the Bat" and "You Gotta Have Wa"

 

With Johan Olav Koss @ Nagano's M-Wave - March 1997

This photo was taken with Norway's triple Olympic champion Johan Koss shortly after I interviewed him at the World Speed Skating Championships in Japan. He dominated at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics in his native country, capturing three gold medals in speed skating. He is now an ambassador for the Olympic movement, working to raise funds for developing nations and their athletes.

 

At Wembley Stadium - 1/20/97

These photos were taken at the world famous venue on my first visit back to London after the London Monarchs and World League stopped playing in 1992. Nearly five years later, Wembley still retained all the magic I remembered when I worked there. Even though it is being rebuilt now, the old Wembley and its Twin Towers will always be a special place for me.

 

With Nadia Comaneci @ SunDome Fukui - October 1995

This photo was taken with Romanian gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci at the 1995 World Gymnastics Championships in Fukui, Japan. Nadia was in great demand by the media at this event, but still found time in her busy schedule to give me a one-on-one interview. Her popularity remains as great as ever in Japan. Her association with the word perfection is still richly deserved.

 

Masanori Murakami Night in San Francisco - 8/20/95

This photo was taken at Masanori Murakami Night at Candlestick Park during pregame ceremonies to honor the first Japanese-born player in the major leagues. In 1993 I approached the San Francisco Giants and proposed honoring Mashi on the 30th anniversary of his debut in the majors (he played for the Giants in 1964-65 before returning to play in Japan). The Giants accepted my proposal, and the ceremony was originally scheduled for August 1994, but was postponed a year by the baseball strike. The events I organized for Mashi were a big success in 1995, with a youth baseball clinic and reception in his honor, both held in San Francisco's Japantown, as well as the pregame ceremonies before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. My final suggestion to the Giants was that they speak to the Dodgers before the All-Star break and have them alter their pitching rotation so a young hurler by the name of Hideo Nomo could start on Mashi's night. They did - and the game drew a crowd of more than 40,000

 

1991 World League Champion London Monarchs - Bushey, England

This photo was taken at the training and lodging site (at what was then the United States International University - Europe) outside London of the inaugural champions of what is now known as NFL Europe. This group was something special. The team went 11-1, losing just one game by 3 points. The loss was avenged with a 21-0 victory over the Barcelona Dragons in the first World Bowl, held at Wembley Stadium on June 9, 1991, and played before a partisan crowd of 61,108. Several players went on to play in the NFL, including QB Stan Gelbaugh (#10) who was the first World League MVP. I had the great honor of being the Director of Public Relations for the Monarchs during the team's first two seasons (1991-92).

 

Two San Jose Boys in the Big Apple - with Andre Riley @ Giants Stadium - 5/11/91

This photo was taken a few hours before game time. The Monarchs entered this game 7-0 and moved to 8-0 after beating the NY/NJ Knights 22-7. Andre was a star wide receiver in his college days at the University of Washington. We both hail from the same hometown of San Jose, California.

 

My last and best Media Guide - March 1992 (104 Pages) - Done in 30 days

This is a classic photo of Stan Gelbaugh dropping back to pass during the World Bowl at Wembley Stadium on June 9, 1991. Gelbaugh threw 2 TDs that day for the Monarchs. Though the Media Guide was for the 1992 season, it was filled with many memorable photos and stats from the championship season of 1991.

 

Thorp Park Photo Shoot - April 1992 - with Greg Harrell

This is one of my favorite photos. This was a photo shoot with tight end Greg Harrell at an amusement park outside London. Greg had participated in the bobsled competition for the United States at the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics just a couple of weeks before joining the Monarchs. The British bobsled team used this track to train on. We had him put on his football uniform (full kit as we would say in England) for this publicity stunt.

 

With Ronnie Lott in Santa Clara - October 1990

This photo with the NFL Hall of Fame defensive back was taken after a San Francisco 49ers practice when I was helping to escort a group of European media on a press tour prior to the first season of the World League. Ronnie and I went to school together at the University of Southern California, where he was a two-time All-American for the Trojans. Known for his ferociousness on the field when he won four Super Bowls with the 49ers, Ronnie is soft spoken and intelligent off the field. He has had great success in business since retiring from the NFL.

 

With Michael Jordan - March 1988 - Los Angeles Sports Arena

This photo was taken with the legend in the locker room after a game against the Chicago Bulls in the spring of 1988. We were both a lot younger then (and thinner) and possessed an equal love for basketball and the NBA.

 

Sports Illustrated - March 1987 - with Larry Drew @ Madison Square Garden

This photo was taken after a game against the New York Knicks at MSG. A writer and photographer from Sports Illustrated followed the team for an entire road trip back East. Larry Drew was one of our starting guards and had injured his ankle that night. Larry was an easygoing guy who was good to work with. He is now an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards.

 

With Julius Erving - November 1986 - Los Angeles Sports Arena

This photo was taken on the court prior to a game in Dr. J's final season in the NBA. The team presented him with some gifts as part of his farewell tour around the league. Doc was one of the greatest ambassadors the game has ever known.

 

Press Conference - May 1987 - Los Angeles Sports Arena

Local and national media were on hand for this press conference in May 1987 when the team brought in Gene Shue as its new head coach. Here I'm introducing NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor, who was the team's GM and was to announce the hiring of Shue.

 

My last NBA Media Guide - October 1988 (152 Pages) - Featuring Danny Manning

This photo shoot with Danny was done in June 1988 in Century City, just a couple of months after he led the University of Kansas to the NCAA title. The Clippers made him the No. 1 selection in the 1988 NBA Draft. As the Director of Public Relations for the team, I traveled the USA doing press conferences with Danny during his rookie year - which ended abruptly after 26 games when he injured his knee. After five years, I left the team at the end of the 1988-89 season.

 

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