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.

YearAward Recipient(s)
2020Nick Cafardo
2019Jayson Stark
2018Sheldon Ocker
2017Claire Smith
2016Dan Shaughnessy
2015Tom Gage
2014Roger Angell
2013Paul Hagen
2012Bob Elliott
2011Bill Conlin
2010Bill Madden
2009Nick Peters
2008Larry Whiteside
2007No award
2006Rick Hummel
2005Tracy Ringolsby
2004Peter Gammons
2003Murray Chass
2002Hal McCoy
2001Joe Falls
2000Ross Newhan
1999Hal Lebovitz
1998Bob Stevens
1997Sam Lacy
1996Charles Feeney
1995Joseph Durso
1994No award
1993Wendell Smith
1992Leonard Koppett, Bus Saidt
1991Ritter Collett
1990Phil Collier
1989Jerome Holtzman
1988Bob Hunter, Ray Kelly
1987Jim Murray
1986Jack Lang
1985Earl Lawson
1984Joe McGuff
1983Ken Smith
1982Si Burick
1981Bob Addie, Allen Lewis
1980Joe Reichler, Milton Richman
1979Bob Broeg, Tommy Holmes
1978Tim Murnane, Dick Young
1977Gordon Cobbledick, Edgar Munzel
1976Harold Kaese, Red Smith
1975Tom Meany, Shirley Povich
1974John Carmichael, James Isaminger
1973Warren Brown, John Drebinger, John F. Kiernan
1972Dan Daniel, Fred Lieb, J. Roy Stockton
1971Frank Graham
1970Heywood C. Broun
1969Sid Mercer
1968H.G. Salsinger
1967Damon Runyon
1966Grantland Rice
1965Charles Dryden
1964Hugh Fullerton
1963Ring Lardner
1962J.G. Taylor Spink