On Thursday, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association revealed their yearly award winners for sportscasting and sportswriting. Plenty of familiar names were honored, and winning the National Sportswriter of the Year award for the first time was Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, who also worked as part of Fox’s top MLB broadcast team in 2014.
This marks the fifth straight year that the National Sportswriter of the Year award has stayed with Sports Illustrated. Peter King won in 2010, 2012, and 2013, and Joe Posnanski (now with NBC) won in 2011. Verducci is the seventh SI writer to win the award, following in the footsteps of King, Posnanski, Peter Gammons, Steve Rushin, six-time winner Frank Deford, and 11-time winner (really) Rick Reilly.
Among the other NSSA honorees, Doc Emrick was named National Broadcaster of the Year for the second straight year, and four notable personalities were elected to the NSSA Hall of Fame: Hal McCoy, Bill Raftery, the late Dick Schaap, and Lesley Visser. Sportscasters and sportswriters in 49 of 50 states were also honored, and plenty of familiar names were honored, including (among many others) Dave Pasch, Vin Scully, and Ian Eagle.