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The journalist has been elected three times National Sportswriter of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 1993 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He also received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award grating a seat in the writers wing at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 2004.
Whether at the Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated or ESPN, Gammonss36-year career had been characterized by innovations. He is the inventor of the weekend notes package in his Sunday columns for the Globe. Gammons was also the first to introduce the daily notebook as part of beat coverage and to popularize the reporting of trade rumors, which can now be seen in the form of "Rumor Central" features on most major sports Web sites. Eventually, he had his own way to present sport news incorporating more feature elements and relating to his readers by using music and pop culture references that had no place on a sports page before him.
Journalist Peter Gammons is expected to receive on Tuesday the Baseball America's Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual banquet of the network held at baseball's winter meetings.
Over the past years, Baseball America made donations in excess of $35,000 to MLB Charities for youth baseball programs in disadvantaged areas through the RBI program. For instance, the donations collected last year allowed to help the New Orleans Zephyrs rebuild the only baseball field available to the children of New Orleans. As for this year, the donations will be earmarked for scholarships for African-American baseball prospects to assist their efforts to attend camps, clinics, tournaments and college programs.
MLB: Gammons to Receive Baseball America Award
Before Gammons, other renowned celebrities received this award such as Frank Robinson, John Schuerholz and Buck O'Neil. But Gammons is also listed in the Baseball America's ranking of the 25 most influential people in the sport over the past 25 years, along with such high-profile personalities such as Bud Selig, Donald Fehr, Sandy Alderson, Bill James, Pat Gillick and Sandy Alderson.