(born April 9, 1945) is an American sportswriter
, media personality, and a recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award
for outstanding baseball writing, given by the BBWAA
Gammons went to Groton School
, an elite prep school in his hometown, Groton, MA. After graduating from Groton in 1965, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall
. He worked for the university's student-run newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel.
After graduating in 1969, he began his journalism
career at The Boston Globe.
Gammons was a featured writer at The Boston Globe
for many years as the main journalist covering the Boston Red Sox
. (1969–1975, 1978–1986), or as a national baseball columnist. Between his two stints as a baseball
columnist with the Globe
, he was lead baseball columnist for Sports Illustrated
(1976–78, 1986–90), where he covered baseball, hockey, and college basketball. Gammons also wrote a column for The Sporting News
in the 1980s.
Gammons has also authored numerous baseball books, including Beyond the Sixth Game
In 1988, he joined ESPN, where he served primarily as an in-studio analyst. During the baseball season, he appeared nightly on Baseball Tonight
and had regular spots on SportsCenter
and ESPN Radio
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