J.G. Taylor Spink Award

Meritorious Contributions to Baseball Writing

The J.G. Taylor Spink Award was first given in 1962, in an effort to recognize the baseball writer for his or her meritorious contributions to the field of baseball writing.

The recipients are selected by the Baseball Writers Association of America annually and voted on during the Winter Meetings. The winner is announced during the annual induction ceremonies at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and presented with a certificate then recognized on the "Scribes & Mikemen" exhibit in the Research Library. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the winners of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

"Nothing on Earth is more depressing than an old baseball writer." - Ring Lardner (J.G. Taylor Spink Award Recipient in 1963)
J.G. Taylor Spink Award

In Chronological Order

Year Name(s) Beat 1 st BBWAA Year
1962 J.G. Taylor Spink

St. Louis, Missouri

1912
1963 Ring Lardner

New York, New York

1910
1964 Hugh Fullerton

New York, New York

1908
1965 Charles Dryden

Chicago, Illinois

1909
1966 Grantland Rice

New York, New York

1912
1967 Damon Runyon

New York, New York

1911
1968 Harry G. Salsinger

Detroit, Michigan

1909
1969 Sid Mercer

New York, New York

1909
1970 Heywood C. Broun

New York, New York

1911
1971 Frank Graham

New York, New York

1915
1972 Dan Daniel

New York, New York

1913
Fred Lieb

New York, New York

1911
J. Roy Stockton

St. Louis, Missouri

1922
1973 Warren Brown

Chicago, Illinois

1922
John Drebinger

New York, New York

1923
John F. Kieran

New York, New York

1922
1974 John Carmichael

Chicago, Illinois

1932
James Isaminger

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1908
1975 Tom Meany

New York, New York

1924
Shirley Povich

Washington, D.C.

1925
1976 Harold Kaese

Boston, Massachusetts

1934
Red Smith

New York, New York

1929
1977 Gordon Cobbledick

Cleveland, Ohio

1928
Edgar Munzel

Chicago, Illinois

1929
1978 Tim Murnane

Boston, Massachusetts

1908
Dick Young

New York, New York

1943
1979 Bob Broeg

St. Louis, Missouri

1942
Tommy Holmes

Brooklyn, New York

1923
1980 Joe Reichler

New York, New York

1944
Milton Richman

New York, New York

1946
1981 Allen Lewis

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1950
Bob Addie

Washington, D.C.

1942
1982 Si Burick

Dayton, Ohio

1946
1983 Ken Smith

New York, New York

1927
1984 Joe McGuff

Kansas City, Missouri

1955
1985 Earl Lawson

Cincinnati, Ohio

1949
1986 Jack Lang

Brooklyn, New York

1946
1987 Jim Murray

Los Angeles, California

1961
1988 Bob Hunter

Los Angeles, California

1958
Ray Kelly

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1946
1989 Jerome Holtzman

Chicago, Illinois

1957
1990 Phil Collier

San Diego, California

1962
1991 Ritter Collett

Dayton, Ohio

1947
1992 Leonard Koppett

New York, New York

1951
Bus Saidt

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1967
1993 Wendell Smith

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1948
1994 No Award Given

n/a

n/a
1995 Joseph Durso

New York, New York

1964
1996 Charley Feeney

New York, New York

1946
1997 Sam Lacy

Washington, D.C.

1934
1998 Bob Stevens

San Francisco, California

1940
1999 Hal Lebovitz

Cleveland, Ohio

1946
2000 Ross Newhan

Los Angeles, California

1961
2001 Joe Falls

Detroit, Michigan

1945
2002 Hal McCoy

Dayton, Ohio

1961
2003

Murray Chass

New York, New York

1962

2004

Peter Gammons

Boston, Massachusetts

1979

2005

Tracy Ringolsby

Denver, Colorado

1976

2006

Rick Hummel

St. Louis, Missouri

1982

2007

Not Awarded *

See Fast Fact #3 (below)

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2008

Larry Whiteside

Boston, Massachusetts

1969

2009

Nick Peters

San Francisco, California

1961

2010 Bill Madden New York, New York 1978
2011 Bill Conlin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1961
2012 Bob Elliott Montreal & Toronto, Canada 1978
2013 Paul Hagen Dallas–Fort Worth/Philadelphia 1971
2014 Roger Angell The New Yorker 1962
2015 Tom Gage Detroit, Michigan 1978
2016 Dan Shaughnessy The Boston Globe 1977
2017 Claire Smith ESPN, News Editor 1983
2018 Sheldon Ocker Akron Beacon Journal 1984
2019 Jayson Stark The Athletic / MLB Network 1979

2020

Not Yet Announced

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Year Name(s) Beat 1 st BBWAA Year

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Si Burick was, "on the same job for fifty-four years without receiving a promotion" and in 1982 he became the first recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from a non-Major League city. Claire Smith, 2017, is the first woman to win!
Wendell Smith was the first black recipient of a J.G. Taylor Spink Award and he is credited with the writing of the first ever Jackie Robinson biography.
* In 2007 the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) changed the year designation for the Spink Award so it would coincide with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Day ceremonies.
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