LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New Yorker's Roger Angell has won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He is the first writer to earn the honor who was never a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
The 93-year-old Angell will be honored during the Hall of Fame's induction weekend July 25-28 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The BBWAA said at baseball's winter meetings Tuesday that he was named on 258 of 451 ballots cast. The late Furman Bisher, who wrote for 59 years for The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution, received 115 votes. Retired syndicated columnist Mel Durslag received 74.
Angell received the George Polk Award for Commentary in 1980 and the first PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing in 2011.
BBWAA membership is limited to reporters for newspapers, news agencies and some Internet companies.