Jack Lang

Jack Lang Tom Seaver
Birthdate 5/11/1921
Death Date 1/25/2007
Debut Year 1946
Year of Induction
Teams BBWAA
Position Writer

From 1966-1988, Jack Lang of the BBWAA was responsible for counting the votes for HoF elections and notifying men of their election.

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Hall of Fame writer Jack Lang was on the MLB New York beat from 1946 to 1985

Hall of Fame writer Jack Lang was on the MLB New York beat from 1946 to 1985

Jack Lang began his Hall of Fame career as a baseball writer covering the Dodgers in 1946 with the Long Island Daily Press the year before Jackie Robinson‘s big league debut. The Brooklyn native was on the Dodger beat until they left for Los Angeles after the ’57 season.
Lang corresponded with the game's titans for decades

Lang corresponded with the game's titans for decades

In the collection is this envelope sent by Philadelphia Athletics owner Connie Mack. Addressed to Hall of Fame baseball writer Jack Lang, it’s postmarked April 11, 1953 from Philadelphia. The envelope hopes to find Lang as the Sports Editor of the Buffalo Courier-Express. The letter inside tha
Connie Mack handwritten letter to Lang mentions the game's greatest players

Connie Mack handwritten letter to Lang mentions the game's greatest players

Legendary manager Connie Mack writes to Jack Lang in this letter of 1953. The Athletics owner clarifies some of the choices of players for the Carstairs Whiskey baseball promotion of the 1940s. Mack lent his name to the company that made banners heralding “Connie
Harmon Killebrew thanks Lang for the good news of his election to the Hall of Fame

Harmon Killebrew thanks Lang for the good news of his election to the Hall of Fame

As secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writes Association of America, Jack Lang had many duties. Among them was to tally the writers’ votes for the Hall of Fame and inform those who received at least 75% of the vote. He held the position from 1966-1988. Among those who received Lang’s Ha
The William J. Slocum/Jack Lang Award is one of the most prestigious in baseball

The William J. Slocum/Jack Lang Award is one of the most prestigious in baseball

In 1930 the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of American created the William J. Slocum Award. The honor is given each year to a person judged to have long and meritorious service to the game. A quick glance at the list of recipients reveals a who’s who of the games greats.
Jack Lang & Jim Smiley both worked for ESPN SportsTicker

Jack Lang & Jim Smiley both worked for ESPN SportsTicker

Jack Lang’s illustrious career wound down by the time he was a guest columnist for ESPN SportTicker starting in 1989. Lang regularly wrote a Sunday baseball column for the outfit before retiring completely in 1997. Collector Jim Smiley whose baseball autographs are featured on this site also worked for the ‘Ticker. There he overlapped

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The William J. Slocum Award is one of MLB’s most prestigious honors

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William J. Slocum Award

The oldest professional sport in the United States, baseball remains America’s National Pastime to this day. The game’s current leagues were flourishing soon after the end of the 1800s. Every city with a team had multiple newspapers reporting their games. Sportswriters worked from stadium press boxes describing their team’s contests in great detail. The widespread news coverage helped grow the game.
In 1908 writers banded together to form the Baseball Writers Association of America. The BBWAA’s founding mission was to “ensure professional working conditions for beat writers at all MLB ballparks and to promote uniformity of scoring methods.
Early in the 1900s New York City boasted three big league teams, the Giants and Dodgers of the National League, and the Highlanders – who later became the Yankees – in the American League. The Big Apple soon became the hub of the baseball world.
One of the writers who covered the New York teams was William J. Slocum. Respected for his baseball knowledge and writing ability, Slocum quickly rose to the top of his profession. Well-liked, he helped organize the New York chapter of the BBWAA.
The Bill Slocom Award is one of the most prestigious awards baseball has to offer. The little-known honor has been given to more than 50 members of the Hall of Fame.

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