CLEVELAND -- The Baseball Writers' Association of America yesterday selected Sam Lacy as the 1997 winner of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, which honors a sportswriter for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Lacy, who will turn 94 tomorrow, has been sports editor of the Baltimore Afro-American for 55 years and still writes the weekly column "A to Z."
Lacy also has served as a sports commentator for WBAL-TV (1968-1976), assistant national editor for the Chicago Defender (1940-1943) and sports editor and managing editor for the Washington Tribune (1934-1939) after getting his start as a sports commentator for radio stations WOL and WINX in the 1930s. In 1948, Lacy became the first African-American to join the BBWAA.
Lacy will become the 49th writer to have his picture added to the Scribes and Mikemen exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame after he accepts the honor during the 1998 induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Pub Date: 10/22/97