Warren, Santarsiero host Hall of Fame baseball writer and Newtown Twp. resident Jayson Stark

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, and state Sen. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, joined Gov. Tom Wolf in hosting longtime local and national baseball writer Jayson Stark at the state Capitol in Harrisburg Monday morning to celebrate his election as the 2019 winner of the prestigious J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

A Senate resolution introduced by SantarsieroS.R. 141 – was unanimously approved Monday to congratulate Stark, of Newtown Township in Bucks County, who earned the honor for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing,” according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He will be presented his award during the Hall of Fame’s induction weekend this July in Cooperstown, New York.

“Jayson Stark embodies the best of sports journalism,” Santarsiero said. “For decades, Jayson has been a fixture in Major League Baseball and, in particular, the Philadelphia sports scene. All baseball fans have appreciated his insightful analysis over the years, but of course he will always have a special place in the hearts of the Phillies’ faithful.”

Warren honored Stark on the House floor Monday afternoon.

“With the Phillies in first place, it was exciting to have Newtown resident Jayson Stark, formerly a Phillies beat writer, here in the Capitol to be recognized for this prestigious award,” Warren said. “For 40 years, Jayson has shared his unique perspective on America’s pastime with his readers in Bucks County and throughout the world.”

Stark, a Syracuse University graduate, has spent more than four decades covering baseball. He currently writes for The Athletic and also contributes as a studio analyst for MLB Network. Previously he covered the Phillies for the Philadelphia Inquirer, was senior baseball writer for ESPN.com and won an Emmy for his work on Baseball Tonight. Stark has also authored three books on baseball, including “Worth the Wait: Tales of the 2008 Phillies.”

“I’ve never stopped being a Philadelphian. I love this city,” Stark said during a speech at the Philly Sportswriters Dinner in January. “I grew up reading the great sportswriters of Philadelphia. They inspired me to dream this dream and then to live this dream. None of this could have happened without Philadelphia.”

While he now lives in Newtown Township in Bucks County, Stark grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from Lincoln High School.

In the voting for this award, Stark received 270 votes from 463 ballots cast by Baseball Writers’ Association of America members. The award is named for its first recipient, J.G. Taylor Spink, publisher of The Sporting News from 1914 until his death in 1962.