Baseball Writers’


Association of America




Founded 1908
























(As revised and approved, October 28, 2007)








            The name of this organization shall be the BASEBALL WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA.








Section 1:       The objects of this Association are:

A:        To ensure proper facilities for reporting baseball games and to provide

competent regulation of  press boxes of the American League of  Professional

Baseball Clubs and the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs,

hereinafter designated as the Major Leagues;



B:        To assist in clarifying baseball scoring rules, thereby promoting uniformity in official scoring;



 C:       To sustain cooperation and fellowship with the baseball writers of the minor leagues;




D:        To foster the most creditable qualities of baseball writing and reporting.




Section 2: 

A:        The Association shall be independent and shall neither ask nor receive favors from the club managements or leagues beyond the rights and privileges necessary to the quicker and more comfortable discharge by members of the Association of their duties to their employers.



B:        The Association shall not sponsor or endorse any marketable physical product or suffer any unauthorized use of its insignia. It may, however, elect to make available to commercial television the presentation of its annual awards, provided that all net financial revenues obtained by the Association from such a  pre- sentation are distributed to legitimate charitable organizations of the Association’s choosing, at the earliest possible date, in order for the Association to maintain its not-for-profit status.



C:        The Association admonishes against any use of its name in publicizing player-award polls other than those for which members are designated as the electorate by agreement with the Baseball Hall of Fame, or those conducted by Association-sponsored committees.




D:        The Association shall extend press box courtesies to non-members on legitimate assignment, but shall not invite regular occupancy by extending recognition to credentials of other organizations.





Section 3:

A:        In acknowledgement to the Baseball Commissioner and member clubs, who recognize the Association as the custodian of Major League press boxes, the Association accepts responsibility for special services as an empowered agent of the Commissioner at All-Star, League Championships and World Series games.



B:        Host chapters shall assist in processing all requests for working press accommodations, shall oversee the charting of seating arrangements, allocate non-transferrable credentials, and appoint Association wardens to police press-section occupancy. Any misused credential shall be revoked, its unauthorized holder ejected, and the violating applicant, whether member or non-member, shall be censured in written protest to his or her publication’s management by the Secretary-Treasurer.



C:        The Association’s Commissioner-appointed official scorers and host chapters shall waive fees for All-Star services in favor of the Association, to which such fees shall be deposited.










CHAPTERS: Qualification



Section 1:  A chapter of the Association shall be located in each Major League area. Chapter membership affiliation shall be governed by the geographical location of the team being covered.



A:        Any change in the composition of the Major Leagues that eliminates or adds to

any of the Major League areas shall call for an immediate re-evaluation of the

chapter structure by the national officers and board of directors, and for

subsequent action by national memberships.



B:        Any chapter that loses its Major League franchise shall maintain active status for

a period of  10 years. That chapter shall not be eligible to nominate officers nor

shall its members serve on any committee or vote on any special awards.




CHAPTERS: Rules of Order



Section 2: Each chapter shall adopt such rules for conducting business as are compatible with the rules of the Association.






Section 3: Each chapter shall elect annually a Chapter Chair, who will also serve as a deputy to the National Association.


A:        Election results shall be reported to the Secretary-Treasurer no later than

December 1 of each year.



B:        Any chapter that fails to report the Chair-elect by December 1 shall be declared

to have re-elected the incumbent Chair.




Section 4: Local press box supervision shall be a primary duty of the chapters of the Association.


A:        For each press box, an Association warden shall be appointed to police against incursions, empowered to decide the legitimate occupancy of working facilities and to eject unauthorized persons.



B:        Chapters shall instruct club-appointed monitors stationed at press box entrances concerning the Association’s restrictions.



Section 5: Chapters shall insist upon efficient, comfortable working conditions for both

visiting and local members.


A:        Physical improvements within club premises shall be encouraged locally.



B:        Uncorrected inadequacies and suggestions for further improvements of facilities shall be submitted to the Association’s Press Box Committee for negotiation.



Section 6: Each chapter shall require the unanimous approval of its members for

nomination by the Chapter Chair of its candidates for Honorary membership.



Section 7: Each Chapter Chair shall be responsible for the collection of dues in his or

her chapter and shall forward them to the Secretary-Treasurer by January 31.



Section 8: When it is the turn of a local chapter to supply a Vice President for the

National Association, as noted in Article V, the Chapter Chair shall conduct a secret

ballot among the eligible members of the chapter to determine the chapter’s candidate. 

The candidate must be elected by a majority of members voting and must be  

determined prior to the Annual Meeting at the World Series.







MEMBERS: Classification


Section 1: Membership in this Association shall be classified as Active and Honorary.



Section 2: Active membership in this Association shall be reserved to persons who meet the following qualifications:


A:        Members, as restricted below, of the staff of a daily newspaper which covers, by staff reporter at home and by a staff reporter or special correspondent on the road, 75 percent of the scheduled games of the Major League teams in its area.  In the case of a chapter in which two or more Major League teams are based, it shall be sufficient for a paper to cover, by staff reports, 75 per- cent of the home games of those teams.



1.      On such papers, the sports editor shall submit to the Chapter Chair a list of applicants. That paper shall be entitled to membership in the Association for one sports editor, all full-time general sports columnists who regularly cover baseball, and as many reporters as are primarily assigned to cover baseball.



2.      The definition of “special correspondent,” as noted in Subsection A, shall be determined by the local chapter.  Any newspaper denied Association membership in this situation may appeal the ruling to the National Board of Directions.



 B:       Regularly-assigned sports staff members of foreign-language daily newspapers

or press associations who emphasize single-city coverage, but only within the

limits prescribed above.



C:        Statisticians who supply baseball records to daily newspapers, baseball public relations personnel and other specialists who may be deemed eligible by the Board of Directors of the National Association.



D:        Members qualifying under A and B (above) shall be affiliated with the appropriate local chapter. Members qualifying under C (above) shall be “Members-at- Large,” not affiliated with any single chapter. Members-at Large shall have full privileges and shall be under the direction of the National Vice President.



E:        Full-time employees of major wire services whose primary assignment is covering baseball. These may be either members of a local chapter or Members-at-Large, as determined in each case by the National Board of Directors in consultation with the appropriate Chapter Chair, in accordance with the nature of the member’s responsibilities.



F:         Employees of The Sporting News, whose individual qualifications for membership shall be decided by their Chapter Chair, shall be members in the chapter in the Major League area in which they are based.



G.        The Association shall also admit full-time members of internet sites under the following procedure:


1.      The National Board of Directors each year prior to the national meeting at the World Series shall obtain a list of internet sites issued credentials by Major League Baseball for that year’s World Series. Employees of shall not be eligible.


2.      Active members attending the Annual Meeting at the World Series shall vote to accept or amend the MLB list of credentialed sites for the purposes of Association membership. A simple majority is needed to accept a site for membership.


3.      The Association shall then accept membership applications from full-time employees of those sites whose primary job responsibility is to write about baseball.


4.      Applicants who believe they qualify must submit appropriate fees by December 1 to the National Secretary-Treasurer.


5.      The National Board of Directors will review all applicants between December 1and the National Meeting at the Winter Meetings to determine whether those applicants meet Association requirements.


6.      The National Board of Directors will submit its findings and recommendations at the Winter Meetings National Meeting for a final vote by active members in attendance. A simple majority is required for an applicant’s admission.



7.      Approved applicants may then choose to become national members or apply for membership to specific chapters, where further fees might apply.



H:        To qualify for Honorary Membership, candidates shall have fulfilled ten years of dues-paid membership and shall have ceased to be Active members.  




MEMBERS: Election


Section 3: Election to membership shall be decided, subject to

 the restraints in Section 5 of this Article as follows:



A:        By the Chapter Chair, who each year shall judge the qualifications of his or her city’s applicants, according to Section 2 of this Article.



B:        By the National Officers and Board of Directors, who each year shall judge the qualifications of all applicants, drawing when necessary on the counsel of Chapter Chairs.


C:        By the Board of Directors, acting upon the questions of eligibility appealed to its consideration.







Section 4: Tenure for various privileges of the Association shall be credited as follows:



A:        Tenure for Active members shall accrue only for dues-paid years and periods of

            interruption for military service.



B:        Any member is retired automatically through severance from qualifying circumstances of employment and may request refund of current dues. Such retirement may be rescinded upon subsequent re-qualification. Tenure shall not accrue during retirement.



C:        Any member may retire voluntarily. Such retirement may be rescinded only by the Board of Directors. Tenure shall not accrue during retirement.



D:        Honorary Memberships are of lifetime tenure. Such members shall be privileged, upon re-qualification, to optional concurrent Active Membership.



E:        Suspension shall forfeit one year of accrued tenure.



F:         Expulsion shall forfeit all accrued tenure.




MEMBERS: Duties and Penalties


Section 5:


A:        Membership dues, the amount to be determined by the National Board of Directors, shall be forwarded to the Secretary-Treasurer each year during the period between the Annual Meeting at the World Series and January 31of the following year. Dues are refundable to applicants who fail of election.


1.      Members in military service and Honorary members shall be exempt from yearly application and dues.


2.      Delinquency for annual dues shall void any privileges until back dues are paid, and shall create automatic vacancies. Delinquency for one full year shall be deemed voluntary retirement thereafter, without waiver of unpaid dues.


3.      Local Chapter Chairs shall collect and forward dues from their chapters and keep a record of delinquencies.




B:        Members shall adhere to the objects and ethics of the Association and shall exercise utmost care in the duties and privileges of memberships.


1.      Any member convicted by the Board of Directors of misusing or attempting to misuse his or her membership shall be expelled for five years and his or her membership card shall be revoked.


2.      Reinstatement following expulsion shall, in addition to regular membership qualification, require payment of all debts previously contracted through the Association.



C:        Members shall respect the selectivity of the Association’s credentials. In no case

does a membership card entitle its holder to press box privileges for any person

other than himself or herself.



1.      Violators’ memberships shall be suspended automatically by any Chapter Chair or Association Warden for one year dating there from. This offense shall be reported to the Secretary-Treasurer and the card of the offender shall be revoked.


2.      Reinstatement after suspension shall, in addition to regular qualification, require payment of annual dues for the period of suspension.



MEMBERS: Privileges


Section 6: Privileges of membership, unless withheld as provided in Section 5 of this Article, shall include the following:



A:        All members shall be entitled annually to a membership card, properly validated for the calendar year of Major League operation.



B:        All members shall have the privileges of attendance and debate at all meetings, and of service on special committees.



C:        Only Active Members shall have the rights to hold National Office, serve as a Chapter Chair, head committees and serve on standing committees. Honorary members may hold clerical or bookkeeping positions in a local chapter at the discretion of the chapter.



D:        Only Active Members shall have the right to vote.



E:        The electorate for Association-approved awards shall be subject to the rules of each poll.



F:         Members shall be privileged to apply for World Series reserved-seat tickets from the Association’s limited allotments.






OFFICERS: Designation


Section 1: The officers of this Association shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary-Treasurer and four Directors, which seven shall comprise its Board of Directors.



A:        There also may be an Executive and/or Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, as the Board may designate, but the Executive and/or Assistant shall not be member(s) of the Board of Directors.



B:        The outgoing President shall become one of the four Directors for the following year.




Section 2: Method of officer selection


A:        Officers shall be selected at the Annual Meeting at the World Series, with the exception of the Executive/Assistant Secretary-Treasurer(s), who shall be appointed by the Board of Directors.



B:        The National President shall be the person who served the previous year as the National Vice President. In the event the National Vice President is unable to serve, the Board of Directors shall determine substitute selection procedures.



C:        The incoming National Vice President shall be supplied by one of the local chapters on a rotating basis. The order of rotation is listed in an addendum to

this document.


1.      If a city looses its Major League franchise, that city’s local chapter will be withdrawn from the rotation and other chapters will move up one year.


2.      If any new local chapters are created as the result of franchise changes or expansion, they will go to the bottom of the Vice President rotation after the new franchise’s first season of play.


3.      If two or more local chapters are created simultaneously as a result of franchise shifts or expansion, their order at the bottom of the rotation shall be decided by lot.



D:        The Secretary-Treasurer will be elected on an at-large basis by majority vote, following nominations from the floor at the Annual Meeting at the World Series.



Section 3: Tenure


A:        Officers shall serve for one year, or until their successors are elected, except as provided by Section 4 and Section 6 of this Article.



Section 4: In the event of vacancy, succession to office for the balance of the unexpired

term shall be as follows:


A:        Presidency: the Vice President will succeed, and his or her office shall be filled as provided below.



B:        Vice Presidency: the Secretary-Treasurer, within 10 days, shall solicit nominations from each local Chapter Chair and conduct a mail ballot, within 10 more days, on which all the nominees will be submitted to all the Chapter Chairs. The new Vice President will be elected by majority vote.


C:        Secretary-Treasurer: the Executive Secretary-Treasurer or the Assistant Secretary-Treasurer will succeed, the appointment to be made by the National Board of Directors.



D:        Directorship: within 10 days of the vacancy, the National President shall appoint a new member from the vacating Director’s chapter.




Section 5: Duties


A:        The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and shall perform such other duties as are required by the Constitution.


B:        The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in the event of absence or disability; shall serve as Chapter Chair to the Members-at-Large; and shall perform such other duties as are required by the Constitution.



C:        The Secretary-Treasurer shall be the Association’s recording, corresponding and financial officer; registrar of memberships; executor of credentials; and shall perform such other duties as are required by the Constitution.



D:        The Directors shall uphold the authority of the Association as members of the Board of Directors and shall rule on such matters as come before the Board.



E:        The duties of the Executive and/or Assistant Secretary-Treasurer shall be defined by the Board of Directors.



OFFICERS: Penalties


Section 6: Any officer convicted by the Board of Directors of commercializing his or her

office, or any other form of  misconduct as defined by the Board, shall be requested to

resign that office. Refusal to resign shall evoke declaration of immediate vacancy. (See

Article VII, Section 3-B.)



 OFFICERS: Salaries


Section 7: The salary of the President shall be $2.00 per annum, that of the Vice

President $1.00 per annum, and that of  the Secretary-Treasurer to be determined at

the Annual Meeting. The salary of the Executive/Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, if any,

to be determined at the Annual Meeting.













Section 1:       Regular meetings of the Association shall be held at the time of the World Series, the joint Major League winter meetings and the All-Star Game, unless otherwise ordered by the Board of Directors. The exact date and place of each meeting shall be at the call of the President.






Section 2: The World Series meeting shall be known as the Annual Meeting, and shall be for the purpose of electing officers, receiving annual reports and for any other regular business that might arise.





Section 3: The quorum for any regular meeting shall consist of representation from a majority of the Association’s local chapters.









Section 1: The Board of Directors shall serve as an executive council, exercising the Association’s authority between regular meetings.


A:        The President and Secretary-Treasurer, ex-officio, shall serve as President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Board.



B:        The Board shall adopt, as necessary, such rules for conducting business as are compatible with the rules of the Association.





Section 2:  As the Association’s supreme tribunal, the Board shall decide:


A:        All issues specifically limited to its jurisdiction, including:


1.      Approval of chapters, defining metropolitan areas as best suited to the interests of the Association;


2.      Rescindment of voluntary retirements, determining reasonable cause for such lapses of membership during eligible years;


3.      Election to membership of applicants whose eligibility is not self-evident.



B:        Such questions are may be submitted to its consideration, including:


1.  Inter-chapter controversies, upon receipt of complaint

     of chapter members;


2.  Controversial issues encountered by a Secretary-Treasurer during

      organization of new chapters.









Section 3:  As the Association’s disciplinary commission, the Board shall be empowered to investigate charges and conduct trials in special meetings in the following manner:


A written statement of charges of any alleged misconduct against a member shall be served on the respondent at least 15 days in advance of any hearing or trial. The written statement shall include a reference to the provision in the Constitution or other governing rule or regulation alleged to have been violated, as well as a statement of the conduct of the respondent that is alleged to have violated that provision.


The Association and the respondent shall exchange lists of witnesses and copies of all

exhibits that they propose to submit at the hearing or trial at least five days in advance

of the hearing or trial.


At the hearing or trial, both the Association and the respondent shall be given a

reasonable opportunity to cross-examine each others’ witnesses, as well as to present

witnesses on their own behalf and to present relevant documentary evidence.


No adverse action shall be taken against the respondent based on information outside the record developed at the hearing or trial; provided, however, that the Association may present evidence on the record regarding a respondent’s past conduct and take such conduct into account in determining the appropriate disciplinary action in the event the respondent is found to have violated the Association’s Constitution or other governing rule or regulation.


Any disciplinary hearing or trial will be held at time, date and place determined by the

Association’s Disciplinary Committee, which shall make a reasonable effort to

accommodate the convenience of the respondent and the parties’ witnesses. The

hearing or trial may be held by telephonic conference call if, in the Association’s sole

discretion that is the only practical alternative. No person involved in the initial levying of

charges against a respondent, and no person employed by any entity publishing a  

newspaper in the same geographical market as the newspaper for which the

respondent is a reporter or writer shall serve on the Association’s Disciplinary  

Committee hearing the charges. At least one member of the Disciplinary Committee

shall be a sports editor of a daily newspaper, the selection of whom shall be the sole

discretion of the Association’s Board of Directors.


Action of the Board of Directors shall be final.



A:        Conviction of charges punishable by expulsion from membership shall require a majority vote (4) of the Board.



B:        Conviction of charges punishable by expulsion from National office shall require a two-thirds vote (5) of the Board, which shall allow such officer the courtesy of immediate resignation. If declined, a declaration of automatic vacancy shall be mandatory upon the Board.







Section 1: The following committees, appointed annually by the President-Elect before the Winter Meeting, shall function for their stated purpose throughout the year and shall submit annual reports.


A:        The 3-man Rules Committee to solicit suggestions for revision of baseball’s

            playing and scoring rules and to prompt Association-endorsed changes through

            its chairman in conference   with the Baseball’s Joint Rule Committee;



B:        The 5-man Records Committee, including the two Service Bureau Members, to formulate non-retroactive standards of authenticity for official player records and to explore record inconsistencies flagrant enough to warrant possible change;



C:        A 2-man Press Box Committee, each member a co-chairman representing the Association throughout a separate league, for:


1.      Negotiation with individual club managements to correct persistent inadequacies and to promote further chapter-endorsed improvements in working facilities;


2.      Discouragement of abuse of press box privileges by club managements or chapters;



3.      Pursuit of unresolved Association-endorsed complaints, enlisting the concurrent services of its ex-officio members, through written notice as necessary to chapters, club managements and landlords and the Baseball Commissioner, or, in most extremity, evoking public censure by the Association.



D:        A 3-man Clubhouse Committee, consisting of a Chairman and two Service Bureau Members, to suggest improvements to the Commissioner for accommodations of the working press at the All-Star, League Championships Series and the World Series games, and to work similarly with Club Managements in anticipation of heavily-covered regular-season or post-season games;



E:        A 3-man Auditing Committee, selected from among the members of the Secretary-Treasurer’s chapter, to certify the correctness of the Financial Officer’s reports and to safeguard the Association’s control of funds through its Committee Chairman’s co-signature upon all Association bank accounts.



Section 2: Special committees created by resolution for specific purposes shall be

appointed by the President to function until fulfillment of their select duties, when they

shall report with formal resolutions covering their recommendations, if any.



Section 3: All committees for Association-conducted player-award elections shall be

appointed annually by the President  according to the rules of each poll, the announced

results of  which shall serve in lieu of any reports.



Section 4: The Association’s participating committee in Hall of Fame elections shall be

appointed by the Secretary-Treasurer according to the rules set forth in agreement with  the Hall of Fame’s Committee.





Section 5:


A:        Any member whose committee appointment is received by mail shall be empowered to serve immediately.



B:        The President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer shall be ex-officio members of all committees.










The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall govern the Association in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the special rules of order and precedents of this Association.










Section 1: Amendments of this Constitution shall require a two-thirds vote of members present at any regular meeting.






Section 2: All proposals for amendment of this Constitution shall require previous notice and advance circulation to all chapters. An amendment must be presented for consideration at any regular meeting but may not be voted upon until the following regular meeting.






(Article V, Section 2, Sub-section C)


For clarification purposes, here is the Presidential and Vice Presidential rotation through the year 2032, subject to additional change because of franchise shifts or expansion. The term of office begins at the Annual Meeting at the World Series in the month of October PRECEDING the listed year and terminates with the World Series of the listed year.


Year                                         President                                              Vice President


2008                                         Kansas City                                          Atlanta

2009                                         Atlanta                                                  Detroit

2010                                         Detroit                                                   New York

2011                                         New York                                              Los AngelesAnaheim

2012                                         Los AngelesAnaheim                          San Francisco - Oakland

2013                                         San FranciscoOakland                       MinneapolisSt. Paul

2014                                         MinneapolisSt. Paul                           Houston

2015                                         Houston                                                St. Louis

2016                                         St. Louis                                               Colorado

2017                                         Colorado                                               Miami

2018                                         Miami                                                   Pittsburgh

2019                                         Pittsburgh                                             Chicago

2020                                         Chicago                                                Cincinnati

2021                                         Cincinnati                                              Seattle

2022                                         Seattle                                                  Toronto

2023                                         Toronto                                                 Boston

2024                                         Boston                                                  Arizona

2025                                         Arizona                                                 TampaBay

2026                                         TampaBay                                            San Diego

2027                                         San Diego                                             Philadelphia

2028                                         Philadelphia                                           Milwaukee

2029                                         Milwaukee                                             DallasFort Worth

2030                                         Dallas – Fort Worth                                BaltimoreWashington

2031                                         Baltimore – Washington                         Cleveland

2032                                         Cleveland                                              Kansas City









BBWAA Presidents


Year                             President                                              Location/Organization


1908-19             Joseph Jackson                                     Detroit and Washington

1919-20             IrvingE. Sanborn                                    Chicago

1921-24             Fred Lieb                                               New York

1925-26             James M. Gould                                    St.

1927-28             Burt Whitman                                        Boston Herald

1929-30             James Crusinberry                                 Chicago Daily News


1931                             William J. Slocum                                  New York American

1932                             J. RoyStockton                                     St. Louis Post Dispatch

1933                             Denman Thompson                                Washington Star

1934                             H.G. Salsinger                                       Detroit News     

1935                             James C. Isaminger                               Philadelphia Inquirer

1936                             Stuart M. Bell                                        Cleveland Press

1937                             Charles M. Segar                                   New York Daily Mirror

1938                             Irving Vaughan                                       Chicago Tribune

1939                             Paul Shannon                                        Boston Post

                        Charles J. Doyle                                    Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph


1940                             Sid Mercer                                            New York Journal American

1941                             Tom Swope                                           Cincinnati Post

1942                             Albert M. Horwits                                   Philadelphia Ledger

1943                             Gordon Cobbledick                                 Cleveland Plain Dealer

1944                             John M. Malaney                                   Boston Post

1945                             Martin J. Haley                                      St.
Louis Globe Democrat

1946                             Frank F. O’Neill                                     Washington Times Herald

                                    Leo Macdonell                                       Detroit Times

1947                             Tommy Holmes                                     Brooklyn Eagle

1948                             Edward H. Burns                                    Chicago Tribune

1949                             Roscoe McGowen                                  New York Times


1950                             Chester L. Smith                                    Pittsburgh Press

1951                             Franklin W. Yeutter                                Philadelphia Evening Bulletin

1952                             Lou Smith                                             Cincinnati Enquirer

1953                             Joe Cashman                                        Boston Record

1954                             Edward J. McAuley                                Cleveland News

1955                             Shirley Povich                                        Washington Post

1956                             Lyall Smith                                            Detroit Free Press

1957                             Dan Daniel                                            New York World Telegram

1958                             Bob Broeg                                             St.
Louis Post Dispatch

1959                             Les Biederman                                      Pittsburgh Press


1960                             Edgar Munzel                                        Chicago Sun-Times

1961                             Ed Rumil                                               Christian Science Monitor

1962                             Ray Kelly                                              Philadelphia Bulletin

1963                             Bob Wolf                                               Milwaukee Journal

1964                             Lou Hatter                                             Baltimore Sun

1965                             Joe McGuff                                            Kansas City Star

1966                             Hal Lebovitz                                           Cleveland Plain Deale

1967                             Bob Addie                                             Washington Post

1968                             Watson Spoelstra                                  Detroit News

1969                             Dick Young                                           New York Daily News


1970                             Bob Hunter                                            Los Angeles Herald Examiner

1971                             Bob Stevens                                          San Francisco Chronicle

1972                             Max Nicols                                            Minneapolis Star

1973                             Joe Heiling                                            Houston Post


Jack Herman                                         St.
Louis Globe Democrat

1975                             Charley Feeney                                     Pittsburgh Post Gazette

1976                             Richard Dozer                                        Chicago Tribune

1977                             Earl Lawson                                          Cincinnati Post

1978                             Bill Liston                                              Boston Herald American

1979                             Jean Paul Sarault                                   Montreal Matin


1980                             Phil Collier                                             San Diego Union

1981                             Raymond Kelly, Jr.                                 Camden Courier Post

1982                             Tom Flaherty                                         Milwaukee Journal

1983                             Randy Galloway                         Dallas Morning News

1984                             Jim Henneman                                       Baltimore Sun

1985                             Sheldon Ocker                                       Akron Beacon Journal

1986                             Tracy Ringolsby                                     Dallas Morning News

1987                             Gerry Fraley                                          Atlanta Constitution

1988                             Vern Plagenhoef                                    Booth Newspapers

Year                             President                                              Location/Organization


1989                             Phil Pepe                                              New York Daily News



1990                             Gordon Verrell                                       Long Beach Press Telegram

1991                             Kit Stier                                                            Oakland Tribune

1992                             Pat Reusse                                           Minneapolis Star Tribune

1993                             Neil Hohlfeld                                          Houston Chronicle


Rick Hummel                                         St.
Louis Post Dispatcho


1995                             Paul Meyer                                            Pittsburgh Post Gazette

1996                             Jerome Holtzman                                   Chicago Tribune

1997                             Hal McCoy                                            Dayton Daily News

1998                             Jim Street                                             Seattle
Post Intelligencer

1999                             Bob Elliott                                             Toronto Sun


2000                             Charles Scoggins                                   Lowell Sun

2001                             Ian MacDonald                                       Montreal Gazette

2002                             BillCenter                                             San Diego Union Tribune

2003                             Paul Hagen                                           Philadelphia Daily News

2004                             Drew Olson                                           Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

2005                             T.R. Sullivan                                          Fort Worth Star Telegram

2006                             Peter Schmuck                                      Baltimore Sun

2007                             Paul Hoynes                                          Cleveland Plain Dealer

2008                             Bob Dutton                                            Kansas City Star






BBWAA Secretaries


Year                             Secretary                                  Location


1908-17             William G. Weart                       Philadelphia

1917-24             Joseph M. McCready                 Philadelphia

1924-39             Henry P. Edwards                      Cleveland and Chicago

1939-57             Ken Smith                                 New York

1957-66             Hy Hurwitz                                Boston

1966-88             Jack Lang                                 New York

1988-92             Vern Plagenhoef                        Detroit

1993-                            Jack O’Connell                          New York




J.G. Taylor Spink Award



Named in honor of the late publisher of The Sporting News, the award was established by the

Baseball  Writers’ Association of America to recognize meritorious contributions to baseball by members of the BBWAA.  The award was established shortly before Spink’s death, and he was chosen the first winner. The legendary journalist was honored posthumously at the 1963 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies.


Year                                         Award Recipient



1962                                         J.G. Taylor Spink

1963                                         Ring Lardner

1964                                         Hugh Fullerton

1965                                         Charles Dryden

1966                                         Grantland Rice

1967                                         Damon Runyon

1968                                         H.G. Salsinger

1969                                         Sid Mercer


1970                                         Heywood C. Broun

1971                                         Frank Graham

1972                                         Dan Daniel, Fred Lieb, J. Roy Stockton

1973                                         Warren Brown, John Drebinger,

                                                John F. Kiernan

1974                                         John Carmichael, James Isaminger

1975                                         Tom Meany, Shirley Povich

1976                                         Harold Kaese, Red Smith

1977                                         Gordon Cobbledick, Edgar Munzel

1978                                         Tim Murnane, Dick Young

1979                                         Bob Broeg, Tommy Holmes

1980                                         Joe Reichler, Milton Richman

1981                                         Bob Addie, Allen Lewis

1982                                         Si Burick

1983                                         Ken Smith

1984                                         Joe McGuff

1985                                         Earl Lawson

1986                                         Jack Lang

1987                                         Jim Murray

1988                                         Bob Hunter, Ray Kelly

1989                                         Jerome Holtzman


1990                                         Phil Collier

1991                                         Ritter Collett

1992                                         Leonard Koppett, Bus Saidt

1993                                         Wendell Smith

1994                                         No award

1995                                         Joseph Durso

1996                                         Charles Feeney

1997                                         Sam Lacy

1998                                         Bob Stevens

1999                                         Hal Lebovitz


2000                                         Ross Newham

2001                                         JoeFalls

2002                                         Hal McCoy

2003                                         Murray Chass

2004                                         Peter Gammons

2005                                         Tracy Ringolsby

2006                                         Rick Hummel

2008                                         Larry Whiteside