Edward "Ed" Senyczko
Year Inducted: 1985
Ed came to Port Huron in 1949 as a general reporter for the Port Huron Times Herald. He soon moved to the Sports Department and spent 20 years covering sports in the Port Huron area, the last 10 years as Sports Editor.
He learned the sports/newspaper business at the knee of Fred Vincent, long-time Sports Editor of the Times Herald and one of the first inductees into the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame. The two-man staff of Fred and Ed covered all local high school, Junior College, city recreation, church league and bowling leagues.
In addition, Ed had his own sports show on WTTH, did the play-by-play for Port Huron High, St. Stephen High and Junior College games, officiated football, basketball and baseball games and played third base on many of the great Shoffner softball teams, two of which were state championships. He was also assistant football coach and head track coach at St. Stephen High.
He started the Robinson Tennis Tournament, the Honor-Roll Track Meet, and the Fred Vincent Scholarship Award. He wrote his own sports column “From the Sidelines” and began the popular “Willie be Wrong” feature, still carried by the Times Herald.
He was honored by the Michigan Track Coaches Association for his coverage of track personalities. He and the Times Herald sponsored the first Port Huron area sports clinic. He organized a sports blood bank, and served as the official Michigan Community College Sports publicist. He was a leader in choosing the area’s first all-area football and basketball teams.
When Hall-of-Famer John Wismer brought the International Hockey League to town, Ed and the Times Herald threw their weight behind it. Working with Fred “Punk” Lamein, another Hall-of-Famer, Ed encouraged and promoted the emergence of a strong Silver Stick program.
Ed left Prot Huron for the Lansing State Journal in 1969. He became Sports Editor in 1973.
Working in the State’s capital city, Ed commanded a vast staff of editors, writers, and photographers covering Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Detroit Tigers and Lions, and dozens of high school teams.