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BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
National Baseball Hall of Fame's newest award winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, ESPN's Peter Gammons, addresses the crowd during induction ceremonIes at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, NY on July 31, 2005. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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John George Taylor Spink (October 6, 1888 - December 7, 1962) was the publisher of The Sporting News from 1914 to 1962.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he inherited the newspaper from his father and ran it from April 22, 1914 until his death. During his tenure, Spink expanded the paper's coverage from just baseball to include other sports, particularly boxing and football.

Following his death, the Baseball Writers Association of America inaugurated the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in his honor, awarded annually at the induction ceremonies of the Baseball Hall of Fame; Spink was the first recipient. The annual award is given for meritorious service in baseball coverage in print.

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