Roger Angell wins Hall of Fame’s Spink Award for baseball writing

The New Yorker’s Roger Angell won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award on Tuesday for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, the first writer to earn the honor who was never a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

”I’m very, very happy,” Angell said during a telephone conference call. ”I’m stunned. Very touched. Very grateful.”

The 93-year-old will be honored during the Hall of Fame’s induction weekend July 25-28 in Cooperstown, N.Y. He will attend the ceremony, joining by retired managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, who were elected Monday by the expansion era committee.

”I got oceans of copy from those guys,” Angell said. ”Cooperstown in the middle of summer is great. I can’t wait.”

The BBWAA announced the Spink vote at the winter meetings and said he was named on 258 of 451 ballots cast. The late Furman Bisher, who wrote for 59 years for The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution, received 115 votes. Retired syndicated columnist Mel Durslag received 74.

Angell received the George Polk Award for Commentary in 1980 and the first PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing in 2011.

BBWAA membership is limited to reporters for newspapers, news agencies and some Internet companies.