Jack Lang Award

The Slocum Award

The Jack Lang Award, which was previously called the Slocum Award from 1930, through 2009, is presented annually by the New York Baseball Writers Association to a person judged to have a long and meritorious service to baseball.

William J. Slocum, whom the Slocum Award was named in honor of, was a well known sportswriter in New York City during the roaring twenties. All four of Bill Slocum's sons followed their father into writing: Bill Jr. was a sports writer, Jack was a newspaper reporter, Charlie wrote for the old Arthur Godfrey Show, and Frank wrote television scripts (between stints at MLB). Bill's grandson - also Bill - is also a writer whose articles have appeared in Connecticut Magazine and the New York Times.

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By The New York Baseball Writers Association

1930
William B. Hanna (Sports Writer)
1931
Babe Ruth (Hall of Fame Player)
1932
Wilbert Robinson (Hall of Fame Player)
1933
John McGraw (Player / Hall of Fame Manager)
1934
Walter Johnson (Hall of Fame Player)
1935
Connie Mack (Player / Hall of Fame Manager)
Rabbit Maranville (Hall of Fame Player)
1936
Frankie Frisch (Hall of Fame Player)
1937
Travis Jackson (Hall of Fame Player)
1938
Kenesaw Mountain Landis (Commissioner of Baseball)
1939
Bill Klem (Hall of Fame Umpire)
Joe McCarthy (Hall of Fame Manager)
1940
Edward G. Barrow (Hall of Fame Executive)
1941
J.A. Robert Quinn (Baseball Executive)
1942
Mel Ott (Hall of Fame Player)
1943
Sid Mercer ( Spink Award Winner)
1944
Branch Rickey (Hall of Fame Executive)
1945
Bill McKechnie (Hall of Fame Player)
1946
Al Schacht (Player / Clown Prince of Baseball)
1947
Shag Shaughnessy (Player / Manager / Pioneer)
1948
Bucky Harris (Player / Hall of Fame Manager)
1949
Ford Frick (Commissioner of Baseball)
1950
Casey Stengel (Player / Hall of Fame Manager)
1951
Will Harridge (Hall of Fame Pioneer)
1952
Edward T. Brannick (Team Secretary)
1953
George M. Weiss (Hall of Fame Executive)
1954
Paul Krichell (Player / Scout)
1955
Horace Stoneham (Team Owner)
1956
Tom Yawkey (Hall of Fame Executive)
1957
Phil Wrigley (Team Owner)
1958
Larry Goetz (Baseball Umpire )
1959
Dan Daniel (Baseball Writer)
1960
Al Lopez (Player / Hall of Fame Manager)
1961
Frank Graham ( Spink Award Winner)
1962
J.G. Taylor Spink (Sporting News Publisher)
1963
Roy Hamey (Executive)
1964
Stan Musial (Hall of Fame Player)
1965
Jocko Conlan (Player / Hall of Fame Umpire)
1966
Warren Giles (Hall of Fame Executive)
1967
Yogi Berra (Hall of Fame Player)
1968
Lee MacPhail (Hall of Fame Executive)
1969
Johnny Murphy (Player / Coach)
1970
Tom Gorman (Baseball Umpire )
1971
Don Davidson (Team Secretary)
1972
Bob Fishel (New York Yankees & A.L. Public Relations)
1973
Al Kaline (Hall of Fame Player)
1974
Willie Mays (Hall of Fame Player)
1975
Joe Cronin (Hall of Fame Player)
1976
Gabe Paul (Executive)
1977
Walter Alston (Player / Hall of Fame Manager)
1978
Bill Veeck (Team Owner)
1979
Ralph Houk (Player / Manager)
1980
Lou Brock (Hall of Fame Player)
Carl Yastrzemski (Hall of Fame Player)
1981
Charles "Chub" Feeney (National League President)
1982
Willie Stargell (Hall of Fame Player)
1983
Earl Weaver (Hall of Fame Manager)
1984
Johnny Bench (Hall of Fame Player)
1985
Calvin Griffith (Team Owner)
1986
Pete Rose (Player / Manager)
1987
Dick Young ( Spink Award Winner)
1988
Reggie Jackson (Hall of Fame Player)
1989
Tom Seaver (Hall of Fame Player)
1990
Phil Rizzuto (Hall of Fame Player / Announcer)
1991
Ralph Kiner (Hall of Fame Player)
1992
Mel Allen (Sportscaster / Ford Frick Award Winner)
Ernie Harwell (Sportscaster / Ford Frick Award Winner)
1993
Doug Harvey (Hall of Fame Umpire )
1994
George Brett (Hall of Fame Player)
Nolan Ryan (Hall of Fame Player)
1995
Vin Scully (Sportscaster / Ford Frick Award Winner)
1996
Sparky Anderson (Player / Hall of Fame Manager)
1997
Tommy Lasorda (Player / Hall of Fame Manager)
1998
Bob Sheppard (Yankees Public Address Announcer)
1999
Arthur Richman (New York Mets & Yankees Executive)
2000
Bob Murphy (Baseball Executive)
2001
Jack Lang (Baseball Writer)
2002
Seymour Siwoff (Statistician)
2003
Gene Michael (Player / Coach / Manager / GM / Scout)
2004
Phyllis Merhige (MLB Employee)
2005
Bill Gallo (Sports Writer / Cartoonist)
2006
Roland Hemond ( Branch Rickey Award Winner)
2007
Frank Robinson (Hall of Fame Player / Manager)
2008
Joe Torre (Player / Manager)
2009
Greg Maddux (Player)

Jack Lang Award

By The New York Baseball Writers Association

2010
Don Zimmer (Player / Coach)
2011
Bill Shannon (Baseball Historian)
2012
Gene Monahan (Trainer)
2013
Chipper Jones (Player)
2014
Tim McCarver (Sportscaster / Catcher)
2015
Bud Selig (MLB Commissioner)
2016
LaTroy Hawkins (Retired Player)
2017
David Ortiz (Retired Player)
Mark Teixeira (Retired Player)
2018
Katy Feeney (Baseball Executive / Posthumous)
2019
CC Sabathia (Retired Player)
2020
Not Yet Announced (x)
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Did you know that Bill Slocum was also the ghost writer for Babe Ruth ? Slocum's grandson wroter in a letter, " Ruth once quipped, 'Bill Slocum writes more like me than anyone else I know.' To this date, that remains the biggest insult ever levied against the Slocum family name."

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Bob Fishel, the 1972 receipient of the Slocum Award, has a baseball award named in his honor—click it's name to read more about the Fishel Award .

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