1980 J.G. Taylor Spink Award Winner Joe Reichler

Part of the J.G. TAYLOR SPINK AWARD series

Joe Reichler was a long-time fact-ferreting and trade-sniffing Associated Press baseball writer and historian.

He authored over a dozen books, including "The History Of Baseball: Its Great Players, Teams And Managers", "The Great All-Time Baseball Record Book" and "Baseball's Great Moments".

Reichler, a knowledgeable and opinionated baseball fan with a vast background in the game, was the confidant of countless players, managers, coaches, and officials.

He left his job as the number one baseball writer in the country to become the Public Relations Director for MLB Commissioner William Eckert from 1966-69.

He later was a special assistant to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and was the Vice President and General Manager of Baseball's Film Division.

Reichler passed away on Dec. 12, 1988.

Part of the J.G. TAYLOR SPINK AWARD series