The 1995 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award was Joe Durso. Durso has been an editor and writer for the New York Times since 1950 and a sportswriter and columnist since 1964. He has covered 25 World Series for the Times as senior baseball writer.
Durso was born in New York City and was raised in Hudson Falls in the Adirondacks. He attended New York University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. His education was interrupted by a stint in the Army Air Forces during World War II where he reached the rank of captain.
He is the author of thirteen books, including biographies of Casey Stengel, John McGraw and Lou Gehrig, memoirs of the Yankee years with Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford, and the 50 year history of Yankee Stadium. Durso is also a professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.