CHSAA hits Homer with per­fect pick

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Neil H. Devlin

If you haven’t met him, you prob­a­bly have heard of him or at least read some of his sto­ries span­ning seven decades and touch­ing four gen­er­a­tions.

And you wish you had a dol­lar for ev­ery player, coach, of­fi­cial, fan, sta­dium worker, ex­ec­u­tive or fam­ily mem­ber he has in­ter­viewed, writ­ten about or ex­changed pleas­antries with since the 1950s. He is a na­tive Den­verite who turned into a news­pa­per in­sti­tu­tion with an en­cy­clo­pe­dic knowl­edge of sports from kids to pros. Now 81 years old, he still has ink run­ning through his veins and re­mains a com­bi­na­tion of bull­dog and gen­tle­man.

His name is Homer (you knowhim as Irv) Moss, fit­tingly the first Den­ver Post sports­writer to be in­ducted into the Colorado High School Ac­tiv­i­ties As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame, which will oc­cur Wed­nes­day.

“I re­ally feel good about the fact that I started out in this busi­ness cov­er­ing the high school sports,” Moss said. “I think there’s an el­e­ment there that if you don’t do it, you miss out.”

In the middle of col­lege, the 1952 grad­u­ate of Den­ver’s West High was drafted into the Army while work­ing at The Post. He even­tu­ally re­ported on ser­vice­men play­ing sports over­seas for a mil­i­tary pub­li­ca­tion while sta­tioned in Ger­many.

When he re­turned in March 1959, the for­mer copy boy said “they put me in sports and I’ve been there ever since.” Moss said he had a large crew that he su­per­vised, in­clud­ing Joe Sanchez, Michael Knis­ley, Terry An­der­son and Mike Mon­roe.

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