Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)
Tom Gage of The Detroit News has been named a finalist for the highest award given by the Baseball Writers Association of America — the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.
The Tigers' beat writer for The News since 1979, Gage on Tuesday was one of three nominees for the Spink Award announced by the BBWAA at its annual All-Star Game meeting. The others are columnist Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe and Furman Bisher, the late columnist of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Spink Award is annually presented to its recipient on the Saturday of Hall of Fame induction weekend ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y.; players are inducted on Sunday.
Winners of the Spink Award, which has been presented since 1962 (and in 2001 was won by the late Joe Falls of The News) are not inducted into the Hall of Fame but are honored by being included in a special permanent media exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The award honors its winner "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing."
Gage estimates that, including spring training and postseason, he has covered 5,000 games in his career.