J.G. Taylor Spink

JG Taylor Spink autograph
Birthdate 11/6/1888
Death Date 12/7/1962
Debut Year 1906
Year of Induction
Teams The Sporting News
Position Publisher

JG Taylor Spink was the publisher of The Sporting News from 1914 until his death in 1962; since then the Hall’s award for writers bears his name. 

 

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JG Taylor Spink sends a complimentary copy The Sporting News

JG Taylor Spink sends a complimentary copy The Sporting News

Under JG Taylor Spink’s guidance as publisher, The Sporting News became known as the Bible of Baseball. In charge of TSN from 1914 until his death in 1962, Spink was so well respected that he earned the nickname, “Mr. Baseball”. In 1962 the Baseball Hall of Fame created The JG Tayl
JG Taylor Spink's second letter to Lt. Andy Roach

JG Taylor Spink's second letter to Lt. Andy Roach

After Lieutenant Roach received the complimentary publications that Spink sent, Roach apparently sent the journalism giant a thank-you note. In this letter dated May 16, 1945, a month after the first, Spink assures Roach that he’ll be taken care of. Spink writes, “If you should wish any additional copies or any of the Guide, let me
19th-century star Bill Dahlen tells TSN who he thinks are the greatest players ever

19th-century star Bill Dahlen tells TSN who he thinks are the greatest players ever

The Sporting News often enlisted the help of active players and other baseball men in gathering information and opinions on baseball. In this letter, 19-century shortstop and perennial Veterans Committee candidate Bad Bill Dahlen identifies his two choices for greatest players ever. In doing so, Dah

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