The J.G. Taylor Spink Award, named after the late editor of The Sporting News, has been voted upon annually since 1962 when Spink himself was the recipient of the inaugural honor. The award honors a baseball writer (or writers) "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing" and is presented during Hall of Fame Weekend by that year's President of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).
The award is voted upon annually by the BBWAA, via a meeting and subsequent "show of hands" either at the preceding year's World Series or Winter Meetings. A nominee is recommended by the BBWAA's Screening Committee prior to the meeting. Each award recipient (not to be confused with an inductee) is presented with a certificate during Hall of Fame Weekend and is recognized in the "Scribes & Mikemen" exhibit in the Library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Starting in 2008, the Spink Award bears the year in which it was presented at Induction.
John Kieran, who won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in 1973, used this typewriter during a career that featured a stint covering baseball for the New York Times from 1922-27. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America handed out the first Spink Award in 1962 to J.G. Taylor Spink, former editor of the Sporting News.