Jayson Stark '73 honored at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum induction

By Wendy S. Loughlin

July 29, 2019
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Jayson Stark Courtesy of Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

Newhouse alumnus Jayson Stark ’73 is the 2019 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.”

Stark was recognized during the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s induction weekend July 19-22.

The honor makes Stark the first alumnus to be included in what is unofficially referred to as "the writer’s wing" of the Hall of Fame, according to Dennis Deninger, professor of practice in sport management at Falk College. As a Spink Award winner, Stark will be included in the Hall of Fame's Scribes and Mikemen exhibit.

Stark spent 21 years as a Phillies beat reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and 17 years as a senior baseball writer for ESPN. He now writes for The Athletic and appears regularly on the MLB Network.

Stark is the author of three books: “Wild Pitches: Rumblings, Grumblings and Reflections on the Game I Love”; “Worth the Wait: Tales of the 2008 Phillies”; and “The Stark Truth: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players in Baseball History.” He is a two-time winner of the Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year Award and was honored by Topps with a Jayson Stark baseball card.

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