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Dan Tewell, an English teacher at Pittsburgh High School, encouraged Wendell Redden to try his hand at writing and that suggestion blossomed into a 45-year career as a sports writer. As a junior in high school Redden joined the sports staff of the Joplin Globe in 1950 providing sports stories on Joplin High School football and basketball games away from home. In 1951 he took a full-time position on the Globe’s sports staff. Trained by veteran Globe wordsmith Porter Wittich, Redden soon advanced to the position or sports editor. For over 40 years Redden would witness sporting history as the sports editor of the Globe. He interviewed sporting world’s legends like Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Warren Spahn, and Paul “Bear” Bryant. Locally he covered Misssouri Southern’s NAIA national championship football season of 1972 and recorded the Joplin High School state basketball championships in 1955 and 1967. He was inducted into the Missouri Southern Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 and became a member of both the Joplin and Missouri Bowling Hall of Fame.