Bob Ryan to retire from Globe this year

Longtime columnist will depart after the Olympics

Bob Ryan, an award-winning sports columnist for the Boston Globe, plans to retire after the London Olympics this summer.

“After 43 years and a career of enormous satisfaction, I think it’s time to scale back and step aside,’’ said Ryan. “I’ve accomplished everything I’ve ever dreamed of accomplishing. I’m just ready to step aside.’’

Ryan, 65, will continue to write for the Globe on a part-time basis following the Olympics.


Ryan, a Boston College graduate, started at the Globe as a summer intern in 1968, and became the Celtics beat writer in October of 1969. He covered a wide range of sports before becoming a full-time columnist in 1989. He is also a frequent guest on ESPN programs.

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Ryan is the author of several books, including “Forty-Eight Minutes: A Night in the Life of the NBA,’’ with fellow sportswriter Terry Pluto; “Drive: The Story of My Life,’’ with Larry Bird; and “Wait Till I Make The Show: Baseball in the Minor Leagues.’’

He also co-authored “as told to’’ books about Celtics greats John Havlicek and Bob Cousy.