Tom Gage of Detroit News wins 2015 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

From on December 9, 2014:

Tom Gage, the Detroit News’ traveling beat writer on the Tigers for 36 years, was elected the 2015 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s induction weekend July 24-27, 2015, in Cooperstown, N.Y.

In the closest vote since the mail-ballot process began in 2002, Gage was named on 167 of the record 463 ballots, including one blank, cast by BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years’ service in becoming the 66th winner of the award since its inception in 1962 and named for the first recipient. Spink was a driving force of The Sporting News, known during his lifetime as the “Baseball Bible.”

The late Furman Bisher, who wrote more than 15,000 columns in a 59-year career for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, finished second with 161 votes. Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, a major voice on baseball in New England and nationally for 34 years, was third with 134 votes.

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Originally published: December 9, 2014. Last Updated: December 9, 2014.