Jerome Henry (Jerry) Radding, 92, died Oct. 30 at the Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow. He was the widower of Susan Radding. Born in West Springfield, he was the son of William and Sarah Radding. After graduating Classical High School, he served in World War II in Germany and later graduated from American International College in Springfield. He was a career sportswriter and spent 42 years with the Springfield Newspapers, covering college and professional basketball, football, tennis and baseball. After retirement, he continued to write for Street & Smith’s Magazine, Associated Press and Reuters. In the early 1950s, he began writing “Off the Racquet,” a popular Sunday column. He also covered 20 Tennis Hall Fame inductions and tournaments in Newport, R.I. In 1990, he covered Wimbledon in England writing about Springfield’s own Tim Mayotte. He was also an avid tennis player, playing in many tournaments including the Massachusetts Senior Games. In 2017, Mayor Domenic Sarno and the City of Springfield honored him by renaming the Forest Park Tennis Courts the Jerry Radding Tennis Courts. He was the first publicity director for the Basketball Hall of Fame at Springfield College. He was a past president of the National Association of Basketball Writers and was elected to the National Basketball Writers Hall of Fame in 2004. He attended over 40 NCAA Basketball Final Four tournaments. He is survived by two children, Rachel (Radding) Kagno of Holliston, and Neal Radding of Fairfield, Conn; three grandchildren, Samuel, Ethan and Benjamin; a daughter-in-law, Pattie; and a son-in-law Todd. He was predeceased by two brothers, Donald and Sigmund. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Nursing Home, 770 Converse St., Longmeadow.
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