Sun's Elliott second in Hall voting

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:58 AM ET

TORONTO - Philadelphia News columnist Bill Conlin, 75, was elected the 2011 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Conlin received 188 votes from the 434 ballots cast by BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years’ service. He became the 62nd winner of the award since its inception in 1962, when the award was named for its first recipient. Spink was a driving force of The Sporting News, known during his lifetime as the “Baseball Bible.”

The Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott, 61, whose writing career is considered strongly influential in the growing popularity of baseball in Canada, received 160 votes.

Joe Giuliotti, who for 30 years covered the Boston Red Sox, got 83 votes. Three blank ballots were among those submitted.

Elliott has covered baseball for 29 years and has covered the Blue Jays for the Sun since 1987. He has been a baseball columnist since 1991.

This was the third year in a row Elliott has been nominated for the award.

Each Spink award winner is presented with a certificate during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown and is recognized in the "Scribes & Mikemen" exhibit in the Library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Previous winners include Damon Runyon, Ring Lardner, Peter Gammons and Jim Murray.


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