Peter Gammons: Hall of Famer

Sunday, December 12 2004 @ 09:38 AM EST

Contributed by: Mick Doherty

So you're probably waiting for the punchline ... we've certainly taken our fair share of shots at the Archbishop of Boston Baseball here at Batter's Box, occasionally pointing out his, *ahem*, spotty record of prognosticating trades and transactions.

But in case you hadn't heard, Peter Gammons is headed to the Hall of Fame ... sort of, anyway, as the 2004 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

What better way to salute him than with song lyrics?

I refuse to lose, I pay dues up in this game
I should be awarded to be in the Hall Of Fame
Rollin with my Squad that's how I maintain
I should be awarded to be in the Hall Of Fame
-- Rampage, "Hall of Fame"

According to the Baseball Hall of Fame Web site, "The J.G. Taylor Spink Award, named after the late founder of The Sporting News, has been voted upon annually since 1962 when Spink himself was the recipient of the inaugural honor. The award honors a baseball writer (or writers) "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing" and is presented at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony by that year's President of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).

"The award is voted upon annually by the BBWAA, via a meeting and subsequent "show of hands" either at the preceding year's World Series or Winter Meetings. A nominee is recommended by the BBWAA's Screening Committee prior to the meeting. Each award recipient (not to be confused with an inductee) is presented with a certificate during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and is recognized in the "Scribes & Mikemen" exhibit in the Library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame."

So props to Gammons ... what other song lyrics -- remember, the edgier the better for this guy -- can you offer to him?