Sol J. "Salty Sol" Fleischman, USCGR (Ret.), 89,
of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away April 20, 2000. Born Sept. 10,
1910 in Hawkinsville, Ga., he was a well-known Tampa Bay radio and
television personality and a true pioneer in broadcasting. An Eagle
scout, he served in the Coast Guard aboard the USS Huron (PF-19) as
a damage control officer during World War II. He began his broadcasting
career at 18 doing play-by-play of football games by telegraph at
WDAE-AM and began his TV career with WTVT/Channel 13 in 1956 with
a nightly sports and fishing show. He was also part of Channel 13s
daily morning show with Ernie Lee. He interviewed sports personalities
from Babe Ruth to Babe Zaharias, from former Coast Guard Reservist
Jack Dempsey to Pete Rose. He fished with President Hoover, baseball
great Ted Williams, golfer Jimmy Demaret, musician Benny Goodman and
beer magnate Gussie Busch.
Among his many awards and honors, he was inducted into the International
Fishing Hall of Fame, Tampa Sports Hall of Fame and elected to the University
of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame. Twice he was named Floridas No. 1 Conservationist.
In 1988, the Gandy Boulevard boat ramp at the Coast Guard Auxiliary building
was renamed the "Hillsborough County Salty Sol Fleischman Boat Ramp"
by the Tampa City Council. He considered that his greatest honor.
"Salty Sol" (links)
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