J. G. Taylor Spink Award

For the identically named "J.G. Taylor Spink Award" given by Minor League Baseball and Topps to the "Topps/Minor League Player of the Year", see Topps#Awards.

The J. G. Taylor Spink Award is the highest award given by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). The award was instituted in 1962 and named after J. G. Taylor Spink, publisher of The Sporting News from 1914 to 1962, who was also the first recipient. The recipient does not have to be a member of the BBWAA, but every recipient from the award's inception through 2013 had been a BBWAA member at some time; the first recipient to have never have been a member was 2014 recipient Roger Angell.[1]

The Spink Award is presented at the induction festivities of the Baseball Hall of Fame in the year following the selection of the recipient. Through 2010, the award was presented during the actual induction ceremony; since then, it has been presented at the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation, held the day before the induction ceremony. In recent years, the Hall of Fame has announced the finalists for the award and final vote totals. Previously, the results were kept secret.

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. For several years in the early 2000s, Spink Award honorees became life members of the Veterans Committee, which elects players whose eligibility for BBWAA consideration has ended, and is also the sole body that elects non-players for induction into the Hall. Starting with elections for induction in 2008, voting on the main Veterans Committee, which then selected only players whose careers began in 1943 or later, was restricted to Hall of Fame members. After further changes announced for the 2011 and 2017 elections, Spink Award winners are eligible to serve on all of the era-based voting bodies that replaced the Veterans Committee (three from 2011 to 2016, and four from 2017 forward).

Among the well-known Spink Award winners are Fred Lieb, Shirley Povich, Jerome Holtzman, Ring Lardner, Wendell Smith, Sam Lacy, and Peter Gammons.

Recipients of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award

Note: For the years below — through 2006 — the year reflects when the recipient was announced; the award is formally presented the following year. In 2007, the BBWAA changed the year designation for the award to coincide with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, i.e., the year after the award is announced. This makes it appear as though 2007 was skipped, though it was not.

Year Honoree Beat
1962Spink, J. G. TaylorJ. G. Taylor SpinkSt. Louis
1963Lardner, RingRing LardnerChicago
1964Fullerton, HughHugh FullertonChicago
1965Dryden, CharlesCharles DrydenChicago
1966Rice, GrantlandGrantland RiceNew York City
1967Runyon, DamonDamon RunyonNew York City
1968Salsinger, H. G.H. G. SalsingerDetroit
1969Mercer, SidSid MercerNew York City
1970Broun, HeywoodHeywood BrounNew York City
1971Graham, FrankFrank GrahamNew York City
1972Daniel, DanDan DanielNew York City
1972Lieb, FredFred LiebNew York City
1972Stockton, J. RoyJ. Roy StocktonSt. Louis
1973Brown, WarrenWarren BrownChicago
1973Drebinger, JohnJohn DrebingerNew York City
1973Kieran, John F.John F. KieranNew York City
1974Carmichael, JohnJohn CarmichaelChicago
1974Isaminger, JamesJames IsamingerPhiladelphia
1975Meany, TomTom MeanyNew York City
1975Povich, ShirleyShirley PovichWashington, D.C.
1976Kaese, HaroldHarold KaeseBoston
1976Smith, RedRed SmithNew York City
1977Cobbledick, GordonGordon CobbledickCleveland
1977Munzel, EdgarEdgar MunzelChicago
1978Murnane, TimTim MurnaneBoston
1978Young, DickDick YoungNew York City
1979Broeg, BobBob BroegSt. Louis
1979Holmes, TommyTommy HolmesNew York City
1980Reichler, JoeJoe ReichlerNew York City
1980Richman, MiltonMilton RichmanNew York City
1981Lewis, AllenAllen LewisPhiladelphia
1981Addie, BobBob AddieWashington, D.C.
1982Burick, SiSi BurickDayton, Ohio
1983Smith, KenKen SmithNew York City
1984McGuff, JoeJoe McGuffKansas City, Missouri
1985Lawson, EarlEarl LawsonCincinnati
1986Lang, JackJack LangNew York City
1987Murray, JimJim MurrayLos Angeles
1988Hunter, BobBob HunterLos Angeles
1989Kelly, RayRay KellyPhiladelphia
1989Holtzman, JeromeJerome HoltzmanChicago
1990Collier, PhilPhil CollierSan Diego
1991Collett, RitterRitter CollettDayton, Ohio
1992Koppett, LeonardLeonard KoppettNew York City
1992Saidt, BusBus SaidtPhiladelphia
1993Smith, WendellWendell SmithPittsburgh
1994(no award presented)n/a
1995Durso, JoeJoe DursoNew York City
1996Feeney, CharleyCharley FeeneyNew York City
1997Lacy, SamSam LacyWashington, D.C.
1998Stevens, BobBob StevensSan Francisco
1999Lebovitz, HalHal LebovitzCleveland
2000Newhan, RossRoss NewhanLos Angeles
2001Falls, JoeJoe FallsDetroit
2002McCoy, HalHal McCoyDayton, Ohio
2003Chass, MurrayMurray ChassNew York City
2004Gammons, PeterPeter GammonsBoston
2005Ringolsby, TracyTracy RingolsbyDenver
2006Hummel, RickRick HummelSt. Louis
2007(see explanatory note at top of section)n/a
2008Whiteside, LarryLarry WhitesideBoston
2009Peters, NickNick PetersSan Francisco
2010Madden, BillBill MaddenNew York City
2011Conlin, BillBill ConlinPhiladelphia
2012Elliott, BobBob ElliottMontreal/Toronto
2013Hagen, PaulPaul Hagen Dallas–Fort Worth/Philadelphia
2014Angell, RogerRoger Angell The New Yorker
2015Gage, TomTom GageDetroit
2016Shaughnessy, DanDan ShaughnessyBoston

Similarly named award

This award should not be confused with the identically named J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which is awarded to the Minor League Player of the Year by the Topps Company, in conjunction with Minor League Baseball.[2]

See also


  1. "Roger Angell Wins Spink Award" (Press release). National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. December 10, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  2. See Baseball awards#U.S. minor leagues and Wild, Danny (October 28, 2009). "Giants' Posey wins '09 Spink Award: Catcher skipped Double-A, dominated at San Jose, Fresno". Minor League Baseball (MiLB.com). Retrieved 2010-06-09. See also MLB 2009 Awards (MLB.com/News/Awards/2009 Awards). MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (MLB.com). Retrieved 2010-06-09.

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