More About the Author
Robert S. Lyons is the author of On Any Given Sunday: A Biography of Bert Bell, Palestra Pandemonium: A History of the Big 5, and co-author of The Eagles Encyclopedia (all published by Temple University Press), and Big Al(Meltzer): Fifty Years of Adventures in Sports Broadcasting (Camino Books, Inc.).
Lyons, who covered professional and college sports for the Associated Press for more than 40 years, has written for numerous national publications including The Saturday Evening Post, Christian Science Monitor, Nation's Business, Delta SKY Magazine, The Sporting News, and Baseball Digest, among others.
The president of his own suburban-Philadelphia-based editorial services and public relations firm since 1995, Lyons has provided professional services to a variety of organizations including the Associated Press, Brandywine Global Investment Management, La Salle University, Merrill Lynch, Elf Atochem, Princeton University, and Philadelphia's WHYY-TV, among others.
Before forming his consulting firm, Lyons served in a number of capacities at La Salle University including director of the News Bureau, editor of the university's alumni quarterly magazine, and lecturer in the Communication Department, teaching courses in journalism, public relations, and advertising.
He has also worked as a commercial advertising and public relations account executive, a news and sports reporter for the (former) Philadelphia Bulletin, and the public relations consultant for Abington (PA) Township.
The past president and former chairman of the board of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, Lyons has also served on the boards of the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association and La Salle University Alumni Association, as well as the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame selection committee. He lives in Southampton, PA.