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J.G. Taylor Spink Award

The J.G. Taylor Spink Award, named after the late editor of The Sporting News, was first voted in 1962 when Spink himself was the recipient of the inaugural honor. The award honors a baseball writer (or writers) “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” and is presented during Hall of Fame Weekend by that year’s President of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA).

The award is voted upon annually by the BBWAA, via a meeting and subsequent “show of hands” either at the Winter Meetings. A nominee is recommended by the BBWAA’s Screening Committee prior to the meeting. Each award recipient is presented with a certificate during Hall of Fame Weekend and is recognized in the “Scribes & Mikemen” exhibit in the Library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Year Name  
1962 J. G. Taylor Spink jg
1969 Sid Mercer sid
1972 J. Roy Stockton j-roy
1976 Red Smith Red-Smith
1979 Bob Broeg bob
2006 Rick Hummel rick

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