J. G. Taylor Spink

J.G. Taylor SpinkThe 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.

1963 - Ring Lardner
1967 - Damon Runyon
1969 - Sid Mercer
1970 - Heywood Broun
1971 - Frank Graham
1972 - Dan Daniel
1972 - Fred Lieb
1973 - Warren Brown
1973 - John Kieran
1975 - Tom Meany
1976 - Harold Kaese
1976 - Red Smith
1977 - Edgar Munzel
1978 - Tim Murnane
1978 - Dick Young
1979 - Bob Broeg
1979 - Tommy Holmes
1980 - Joe Reichler
1981 - Allen Lewis
1981 - Bob Addie
1982 - Si Burick
1983 - Ken Smith
1984 - Joe McGuff
1985 - Earl Lawson
1986 - Jack Lang
1987 - Jim Murray
1988 - Bob Hunter
1988 - Ray Kelly
1990 - Phil Collier
1992 - Bus Saidt
1993 - Wendell Smith
1995 - Joseph Durso
1997 - Sam Lacy
1998 - Bob Stevens
1999 - Hal Lebovitz
2000 - Ross Newhan
2001 - Joe Falls
2002 - Hal McCoy
2003 - Murray Chass
2004 - Peter Gammons
2006 - Rick Hummel
2009 - Nick Peters
2010 - Bill Madden
2011 - Bill Conlin
2012 - Bob Elliott
2013 - Paul Hagen