They’ve supported their children, gave us all baseball, fought for civil rights, and more. Meet some of our favorite featured fathers.
Single dad is saving up for his son to go to college
Jesse Swanagan didn’t know what to expect when he walked into his son’s charter school in St. Louis a few years ago.
After all, his son Jesse III was just a kindergartner; college was the furthest thing from his mind.
Veterans overcome mental, physical, and emotional barriers for their kids
Kyle Miller is determined to live a life filled with purpose, despite his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. It was on his descent from Wyoming’s Gannet Peak that he found the clarity he needed to move forward.
“Coming down from Gannet Peak, I knew that my kids had to be at the forefront of everything I do,” said Miller, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and now lives in Billings, Montana. “I’ve made a lot of changes in my life to be a better father and to be more present.”
‘Father of baseball’ creates national pastime for American families
The crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd return each April as baseball teams everywhere open their new season.
While the national pastime has a complex — and sometimes murky — history, it is generally agreed that Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr., once a Wells Fargo team member, helped create the game that generations of fans have enjoyed. Abner Doubleday was once promoted as the inventor of the game, but this myth was debunked by the Mills Commission in the early 1900s. Cartwright is often labeled the “father of baseball.”
Born in New York City in 1820, Cartwright worked at the age of 16 for a Wall Street brokerage firm, and then as a clerk at Union Bank of New York.
‘I hustle hard’: Restaurateur credits her father for her work ethic
Here’s a top chef and entrepreneur who’s a voracious learner, too.
Dad’s small-town newspaper becomes a leader in packaging
When W. Horace Carter began publishing The Tabor City Tribune in 1946, he was hoping to create a platform to keep the community connected through a weekly newspaper. A few years later, unfortunately, he found that his small, North Carolina community was increasingly subjected to the outlandish and violent acts of the Ku Klux Klan.
The 29-year-old editor used the greatest tools he had to combat the Klan’s actions against local citizens: his words and his newspaper. The paper won the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service in 1953.