We'll never see another Bert Sugar

Iconic writer always had a cigar in mouth, a fedora on head and a joke on his lips

Updated: March 26, 2012, 2:29 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

Want to hear a funny thing about Bert Sugar? I never saw him without a cigar in his mouth.

And I never once saw him light it.

Oh, it would always be there, clenched in his teeth or pushed off to the corner of his mouth so he could unleash the smile that was never far from his face. The end would grow soft and gelatinous and repulsive looking -- he would withdraw it rather frequently to allow room for a sip of his favorite beverage, generally a scotch and water -- but the damned thing ...

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