1986 J. G. Taylor Spink Award Winner Jack Lang

Jack Lang

Jack Lang covered baseball in seven decades beginning with the Long Island Press in 1946. When the paper folded in March, 1977, he moved over to the New York Daily News. He covered the Brooklyn Dodgers until their departure for Los Angeles, after which he was assigned to the Yankees (1958-1961). Lang has covered the Mets from their inception in 1962.

During his lengthy career, Lang wrote about the great Brooklyn teams of the 1950s, was present for Jackie Robinson's big league debut, witnessed the Mantle-Maris years with the Yankees and saw the Mets go from baseball's worst team to two World Championships.

A past-president of the New York Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), Lang also held the office of Secretary-Treasurer of the BBWAA for many years.