Late Boston Globe writer Nick Cafardo wins Spink Award

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe was awarded the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday, 10 months after he collapsed and died while covering the Red Sox during spring training.

Cafardo received 243 of 427 votes cast by BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of service. He will be honored during the Hall of Fame's induction weekend from July 24-27 at Cooperstown, New York.

Jim Reeves of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram got 108 votes and Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis received 76.

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A native of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Suffolk University, Cafardo joined the Globe in 1989 from The (Quincy) Patriot Ledger, where he had been on the baseball beat. He covered the Red Sox before switching to the New England Patriots in time for the team's first NFL championship, in 2001.

He returned to baseball and covered the Red Sox and the major leagues until he died at age 62 on Feb. 21.

Cafardo wrote four books about baseball. His son, Ben, is a publicist for ESPN.

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