Simon Burick (June 14, 1909 – December 10, 1986) was a sports editor and featured columnist for the Dayton Daily News for 58 years.
Burick was an Ohio radio personality as early as 1935, when he became WHIO's first sportscaster. His daily 15-minute programs aired until 1961. Burick also hosted the Cincinnati Reds pre-game show before home games. In 1949, when WHIO-TV went on the air, Burick was one of its featured personalities and continued to be so for 10 years.
Burick authored three books, Alston and the Dodgers in 1966, The Main Spark, a biography of Sparky Anderson, in 1978, and Byline, a collection of his columns, in 1982.
Burick was voted the J. G. Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) in late 1982,and in July 1983 was honored at ceremonies at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. He became the first writer from a city without a Major League Baseball team to be so honored at the Hall of Fame.
Burick was inducted to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1986, he received the Red Smith Award from the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE),given annually to a single honoree for "major contributions to sports journalism".
The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) is a professional association for baseball journalists writing for daily newspapers, magazines and qualifying websites.
Peter Gammons is an American sportswriter, media personality, and musician. He is a recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for outstanding baseball writing, given by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
The BBWAA Career Excellence Award, formerly the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, is the highest award given by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). It is given "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing" and voted on annually by the BBWAA. Winners are typically announced in December, with the award presented during induction festivities of the Baseball Hall of Fame in July. Winners are not considered to be members of the Hall; they are not "inducted" or "enshrined", but are permanently recognized in an exhibit at the Hall's library.
Fred Russell was an American sports writer prominent in the Golden Era of Sports in the 20th century. He was a lifelong resident of Nashville, Tennessee and was sports editor and later Vice-President of the Nashville Banner daily newspaper. His career spanned 70 years. He published three books of sports humor in the 1940s. Russell was a protégé and friend of famed sportswriter Grantland Rice.
Robert William Patrick Broeg was an American sportswriter.
Joseph T. McGuff was an American journalist, author, and newspaper editor.
Murray Chass is an American baseball blogger. He previously wrote for The New York Times and before that the Associated Press on baseball and sports legal and labor relations. In 2003 the Baseball Writers' Association of America honored him with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award where he is honored in Cooperstown, NY in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He took a buyout from the Times, along with Supreme Court writer Linda Greenhouse and dozens of others, in April 2008.
Harold Stanley "Hal" McCoy Jr. is an American sportswriter. McCoy was a beat writer for the Dayton Daily News, covering the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. He still covers all Reds home games, writing a blog for the Dayton Daily News and for his own web-site, halmccoy.com. He also writes for pressprosmagazine.com. He was honored by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) in 2002 as the winner of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, which is awarded annually at the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction festivities "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing." He gained national attention in 2003 when he continued to cover the Reds despite strokes in both his eyes that left him legally blind.
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Mick Hubert is the radio play-by-play announcer for several Florida Gators athletic teams at the University of Florida (UF). Hubert is only the third "Voice of the Gators" - Otis Boggs held the position for over 40 years, and David Steele left in 1989 to become the TV voice of the expansion Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. Since then, Hubert has been the lead radio announcer for Florida's football and men's basketball teams and most baseball games. He also serves as the host for several coaches' radio and television shows and hosts and produces various other television, radio, and online content for UF's athletic department. On football broadcasts, he works with color analyst and former Gator player and coach Lee McGriff. For basketball games, he calls the action alongside Mark Wise.
John George Taylor Spink, commonly known as J. G. Taylor Spink or Taylor Spink, was the publisher of The Sporting News from 1914 until his death in 1962. He inherited the weekly American baseball newspaper from his father Charles Spink, younger brother of its founder Alfred H. Spink. In 1962, the Baseball Writers' Association of America established an annual J. G. Taylor Spink Award and named him the first recipient; Spink's name was removed from the award in February 2021 due to his history of supporting segregated baseball.
Jerome Holtzman was an American sportswriter known for his writings on baseball who served as the official historian for Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1999 until his death.
Lawrence W. Whiteside, nicknamed "Sides", was an American journalist known for his newspaper coverage of baseball, most notably of the Boston Red Sox for The Boston Globe.
Ross Newhan is an American former sports writer, best known as a columnist for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and baseball writer for the Los Angeles Times. He began his career in 1961 and retired in 2004.
Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1983 followed the system in place since 1978. The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected two, Juan Marichal and Brooks Robinson. The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider older major league players as well as managers, umpires, executives, and figures from the Negro leagues. It selected Walter Alston and George Kell. A formal induction ceremony was held in Cooperstown, New York, on July 31, 1983, with Commissioner of Baseball Bowie Kuhn presiding.
Charles Ritter Collett, known as Ritter Collett, was a sports editor and columnist for the Dayton Journal-Herald and Dayton Daily News for over 50 years.
Gordon Russell Cobbledick, was an American sports journalist and author in Cleveland. He was the sports editor of The Plain Dealer for many years, and posthumously received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, the highest award given by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Claire Smith is an American sportswriter, best known for covering Major League Baseball for the Hartford Courant, The New York Times, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is currently a news editor for ESPN. Smith was the first woman to be honored with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Elections to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for 2021 proceeded according to rules most recently amended in 2016. As in the past, the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from a ballot of recently retired players. The results were announced on January 26, 2021, with no players receiving enough votes to be inducted.
Richard James Kaegel is an American sportswriter. As a beat writer, he covered the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball, and also served as the editor-in-chief for The Sporting News.