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Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Dick Kaegel wins Spink Award for baseball writing

Dick Kaegel, who covered the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals and edited The Sporting News during a career of more than 53 years, has won the Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He will be honored during induction weekend from July 23-26 in Cooperstown, New York.

Kaegel will receive the Spink award along with the late Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe during a double ceremony on July 24. Cafardo was the 2020 Spink winner, and the 2020 inductions were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read Kaegel for years. Very old school, “just the facts” guy but he could have a good sense of humor too. Well deserved.

I will say, Allan Simpson of Baseball America deserves this too, hopefully he gets it next year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2020 at 11:17 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mike Webber Posted: December 08, 2020 at 03:25 PM (#5993148)
Good for Mr. Kaegel! The KC Star sports section was pretty strong 20 years ago, if you'd have asked me who their best writers were I think Kaegal would have been about the 4th or 5th one I mentioned. Of course the beat writers don't generally stand out compared to the columnist.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2020 at 03:41 PM (#5993159)
I think that says more to the talent they had than Dick. Jeff Passan, Joe Posnanski, Kent Babb, Wright Thompson, Liz Merrell, Bradford Doolittle, and Jason Whitlock were all there 20-25 years ago and have gone on to impressive careers since then.
   3. Mike Webber Posted: December 08, 2020 at 05:27 PM (#5993199)
I liked Jeffrey Flanagan too. I'm not sure I was and Adam Teicher fan then, but I like him now. Again, beat writer so maybe not as out front.
   4. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: December 09, 2020 at 08:07 AM (#5993272)
I started dating my wife in 1999; I'm from New England, and she is from the suburbs of Kansas City. I remember when I would start going out to Missouri with her to visit her family, I'd read the Kansas City Star every morning while eating breakfast. I agree with RoyalsRetro,above: There is a long tradition of outstanding sportswriters at the Star, and it has been fun to "discover" these writers before they came to national prominence. We go out less often now, and I'm not sure if the paper is in a position to continue attracting and producing such sportswriting talent.

It seems like it is easier than ever to publish content that would make one a "sportswriter"...and harder than ever to reliably pay your utility bills doing so.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: December 09, 2020 at 09:34 PM (#5993479)
had to be a fun exercise to review Kaegel's career - from the beginning right through til the climax

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