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On January 9th, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Tony Gwynn were voted into Cooperstown and will be enshrined like many who have contributed to the game of baseball.
Especially during the baseball season, I make a point to read cover-to-cover the sports sections of the New York Times, Newsday and other periodicals on the game. Sportswriters bring the game to another level — line-by-line, they tell us about what happened before, during and after the game. They, by all accounts, have the best seat in the house and have their own stars.
So, when Ripken and Gwynn make their Cooperstown acceptance speech, they will also be joined by the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. For all that want to get in to the business, this is the highest award given by the Baseball Writers Association of America to its members that have made a significant difference to the game. This award came about in 1962 and was named after J.G. Taylor Spink, who was publisher of The Sporting News from 1914 to 1962. He was also the first recipient of the award.
Though they are not members of the Hall, they are recognized in an exhibit that is displayed at the Hall. Some of the bylines you see in your local newspaper, maybe the next J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner. They bring the game to us in words, a crafted story told line-by-line.
Recipients of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award:
Until then, see ya at the pressbox!
|10.||"While traveling the country, I can shower with any team I choose"|
|9.||"Can now advertise my garage sales as ‘Hall of Fame garage sales’"|
|8.||"George Steinbrenner just offered me $20 million to play again"|
|7.||"On Bobblehead Day, guess who gets two bobbleheads?"|
|6.||"At any moment, there’s a good chance Bob Costas is boring someone with stories about me"|
|5.||"It’s nice to be mentioned in the same breath as Arky Vaughan, Burleigh Grimes, and Gabby Hartnett"|
|4.||"Free chalupa from Taco Bell if I mention them in my induction speech"|
|3.||"Made all those years playing in southern California’s lousy climate worth it"|
|2.||"I can now admit I broke my streak in 1998 because I had tickets to ‘Les Mis’"|
|1.||"Get to be on national television– even if it is this show"|
With the Hall of Fame inductees doing their press stuff this week and celebrating the great news, why must the media indulge about the whole Barry Bond’s issue?
Why can’t we live this week in peace and enjoy the moment of Cal Ripken, Jr., and Tony Gwynn being inducted into Cooperstown?
Why can’t we celebrate about two of the greatest getting in naturally — one an iron man, the other a pure hitter. The debate becomes that this whole steroid issue is getting old and it seems the mud is becoming thicker by the day. Now is the time to do something…now is the time to get down to what is at stake — baseball and what it stands for.
Now is the time to put the * in front of names and let the names of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris live in peace.
Until then, see ya at the park!
Tuesday will be the day when we find who will be enshrined in Cooperstown. Who do you think it will be? My hunch is that Cal Ripken, Jr., and Tony Gwynn are in. I also would like to see Lee Smith get in. Tuesday we will find out.
- Harold Baines
- Albert Belle
- Dante Bichette
- Bert Blyleven
- Bobby Bonilla
- Scott Brosius
- Jay Buhner
- Ken Camniti
- Jose Canseco
- Dave Concepcion
- Eric Davis
- Andre Dawson
- Tony Fernandez
- Steve Garvey
- Rich Gossage
- Tony Gwynn
- Orel Hershiser
- Tommy John
- Wally Joyner
- Don Mattingly
- Mark McGwire
- Jack Morris
- Dale Murphy
- Paul O’Neill
- Dave Parker
- Jim Rice
- Cal Ripken, Jr.
- Bret Saberhagen
- Lee Smith
- Alan Trammell
- Devon White
- Bobby Witt
Until then, see ya at the park!
17 former Negro League baseball members have been enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame. One of them, Effa Manley, the first female selected, owned the Newark Bears. The two that didn’t make it are the famous Buck O’Neill and Minnie Minoso. By all accounts, they should be in the Hall.
The others are:
- Ray Brown, pitcher with the Homestead Grays.
- Willard Brown, played with the Kansas City Monarchs.
- Andy Cooper, Kansas City Monarchs & Detroit Stars.
- Frank Grant, played second base during the 19th century.
- Pete Hill, centerfielder with the Pittsburgh Keystones.
- Biz Mackey, catcher.
- Effa Manley, mentioned above.
- Jose Mendez, pitcher.
- Alex Pompez, owned the New York Cubans.
- C. Posey, owned the Homestead Grays.
- Louis Santop, catcher.
- Mules Sutler, first base.
- Ben Taylor, pitcher.
- Cristobal Torriente, outfielder.
- Sol White, author.
- J. L. Wilkinson, owned Kansas City Monarchs.
- Jud Wilson, played third base.