1975 J. G. Taylor Spink Award Winner Tom Meany

Tom Meany

A teenager fresh out of St. John's Prep in Brooklyn, Tom Meany was recruited to write for the new Brooklyn edition of the New York Journal in 1922. The following year he earned a byline in the Brooklyn Daily Times as he covered the Dodgers. Over the years, Meany's sportswriting career saw stops at numerous papers including the New York Telegram (later the World-Telegram), New York Star, Morning Telegraph, as well as magazines such as PM and Collier's.

A gifted writer with a thick Brooklyn accent, Meany's most famous scoop was the discovery of manager John McGraw's resignation from the Giants in 1932. Following his sportswriting career, Meany joined the Yankees in 1958. In 1961 he joined the expansion Mets as publicity director and later served as promotions director before his untimely death in 1964 at the age of 60.

Meany was the author of 14 books on sports. Bob Broeg recalled Meany as "the strength... of any literary team of which he was an important part.... He was a joy to whomever had the pleasure to read his best lines or just to hear them."