Gammons: Celebrating the career, talent, kindness and humor of Jayson Stark

From Peter Gammons at The Athletic on December 11, 2018, on SABR member Jayson Stark:

I​ wish we’d​ shared a Nobel Prize, or maybe a Pulitzer.​ We​ do not, and​ never will.

But​ right now we​ share​ the​​ feeling that we’re two of the luckiest guys who ever lived, because we got to do what we each wanted to do. We met in 1975 while covering the Red Sox’s run against two of the great teams of that era, the Reds and A’s. For years we talked by landlines and cells as much as we talked to our wives, Lisa and Gloria. We covered Pete Rose and Mike Schmidt, Carl Yastrzemski and Wade Boggs, and by the next trade deadline, our faces will be on a wall in Cooperstown — a couple of dozen steps from the plaques of Schmidt and Yaz and Boggs.

When I got the news, oh boy, that Jayson has won the Spink Award and will be inducted in Cooperstown in late July, I felt what Johnny Pesky felt when he got the news Bobby Doerr had been elected to the Hall of Fame.

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Originally published: December 12, 2018. Last Updated: December 12, 2018.