August 4, 2021

Boston Globe sportswriter Nick Cafardo to be honored posthumously with Spink Award (ESPN)


SAN DIEGO — Longtime Boston Globe sportswriter Nick Cafardo was selected as the 2020 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award on Tuesday in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Cafardo will be honored posthumously in July during Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown, New York. Cafardo, 62, died during spring training in February at the training facility of the Boston Red Sox in Florida.

Cafardo is the 71st winner of the Spink Award, an honor first given out in 1962 to recognize sportswriters “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.” He received 243 votes from 427 ballots cast by BBWAA members. Jim Reeves, longtime writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Patrick Reusse, who worked in the Twin Cities, were also considered for the award.

Ben Cafardo, Nick’s son who works in ESPN’s communications department, got a standing ovation at the winter meetings when the announcement was made.

“Our family is bursting with gratitude and pride,” Ben Cafardo said. “My dad loved the game, he loved writing about the game and, most of all, he loved…

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