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Perhaps as confirmation, Runyon was inducted into the writers' wing (the J. Taylor Spink Award) of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967.
He spun humorous and sentimental tales of gamblers, hustlers, actors, and gangsters, few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead colorful monikers such as "Nathan Detroit", "Benny Southstreet", "Big Jule", "Harry the Horse", "Good Time Charley", "Dave the Dude", or "The Seldom Seen Kid".
Runyon had promised her in Mexico that if she would complete the education he paid for her, he would find her a dancing job in New York.
She became his companion after he separated from his wife.
In present-day Pueblo, Runyon Field, the Damon Runyon Repertory Theater Company, and Runyon Lake are named in his honor. While in the service, he was assigned to write for the Manila Freedom and Soldier's Letter.
In 1898, when still in his teens, Runyon enlisted in the U. he then worked in the Rocky Mountain area during the first decade of the 1900s: at the Denver Daily News, he served as "sporting editor" (what would today be called "sports editor") and then worked as a staff writer.