Richard J. Schaap (September 27, 1934 - December 21, 2001) was an American sportswriter, broadcaster, and the author or co-author of 33 books. His autobiography, “Flashing Before My Eyes: 50 Years of Headlines, Deadlines & Punchlines”, was reissued under Schaap’s original title- “Dick Schaap as Told to Dick Schaap: 50 years of Headlines, Deadlines and Punchlines”.
In 1964, Schaap began a thrice-weekly column covering current events. He also wrote the autobiography of New York Jet Joe Namath, as well as a biography on Robert F. Kennedy, and “Bo Knows Bo” with Bo Jackson, one of the best-selling sports autobiographies ever. Schaap earned five Emmy Awards, and was a theatre critic. The Sports Emmy division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences renamed their writing category “The Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award”.