Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy wins 2016 Spink Award

From SABR member Barry Bloom at on December 8, 2015:

“The Curse of the Bambino” was finally lifted when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. The curse on the author of that seminal baseball tome, Dan Shaughnessy, was finally lifted on Tuesday.

After a year’s wait and in his second time on the ballot, the long-time Boston Globe sports columnist was elected by his colleagues of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America as the winner of the latest J.G. Taylor Spink Award for a meritorious career in baseball writing.

Shaughnessy was named on 185 of the 417 ballots submitted by BBWAA writers eligible to vote for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Furman Bisher, the late prolific sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, had 157 votes. Juan Vene, whose writings graced the newspapers of Latin America for 60 years, finished last on the three-man ballot with 74 votes.

Shaughnessy finished third last year behind Bisher and the winner, Tom Gage, then of the Detroit News. Shaughnessy, reached by phone at home in Boston, said the year’s wait was “excruciating.”

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Originally published: December 10, 2015. Last Updated: December 10, 2015.