Porter Wittich was to be a writer. His father, Lucius, was a sports writer and mining editor for the Joplin Globe in the early 1900’s.
Porter was born in 1905 in Galena, Kansas, to Lucius and Grace (Lauder) Wittich. The Wittichs also had a daughter, Katherine Muening.
After graduating from high school, Porter attended Norte Dame before joining the staff of the Joplin Globe in 1927.
A prolific, colorful wordsmith, porter gained fame throughout the state with his daily sports column, “The Globetrotter.” His column was a fixture in the left column on the lead sports page for more than 30 years.
After heading the Globe’s sports staff, Porter moved to the news-Herald as a sports editor in the early 1950s and later wrote a human interest column, “Of Cabbages and Kings,” which ran daily in the New-Herald.
Porter and his wife, Nadine, had three children: daughter Jill Wittich and sons William and Joseph. Joseph is a published poet, had written a novel and is currently working on a series of short stories.
Porter knew several celebrities in the sports world and had his picture taken with such notables as heavyweight champion Joe Louis, light heavyweight champion Archie Moore, and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman and manager Ken Boyer.
Porter was also a close friend of Horton Smith, the Joplin and Springfield professional golfer who won the first Masters tournament and repeated two years later.
During his long career with the Globe, Porter’s favorite assignment was covering the Joplin Miners, A New York Yankees farm team. He always said the Mickey Mantle was his favorite player on the Joplin teams. He was a fixture before the TV when the Yankees were playing and Mantle was in center field.
Porter died in 1970, a day before his 65th birthday.