As Major League Baseball is winding down to its final week, sports journalists are not. Dubbed as "The Fourth Estate" by Thomas Carlyle back in 1841, journalists feed stories and breaking news not only through the papers, but television broadcasts and even recognized Web sites as well.
Today, we look to these journalists to bring us new stories to entertain and inform the public on players and teams. While some sports journalists are assigned to a specific sport, I find these three to be the most entertaining in the area of baseball.
1) Peter Gammons
Peter Gammons is regarded as "The Commissioner" for his knowledge, high-profile interviews, and his network of sources. In 1990, 1991, and 1993, Gammons won National Sportswriter of the Year. 2004, he won the J. G. Taylor Sprink Award, which is the highest award given by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
While attending the University of North Carolina, Gammons worked for the university's student-run newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel until graduating in 1969. He went on to write for The Boston Globe to cover the Boston Red Sox. In 1976, Gammons became the lead baseball columnist for Sports Illustrated.
You can now find Gammons on ESPN giving reports on live games and on sports Emmy-Award winning Baseball Tonight.
2) Richard Justice
Richard Justice, a 1976 graduate from University of Texas, is the lead sports columnists at the Houston Chronicle. Before writing for the Chronicle, Justice spent 14 years writing with Tony Kornheiser (PTI) at The Washington Post. Kornheiser regularly mentions Justice as the best baseball beat writer in America.
With regular appearances on ESPN's PTI and Around the Horn, Justice also appears on Houston's 1560 AM The Game (Tuesdays 4-6, Wednesdays 11-1, Thursdays 8-11).
3) Buster Olney
Robert Stanbury "Buster" Olney III, a history major from Vanderbilt University, started covering baseball in 1989 when he became the beat writer for the Nashville Banner. After six years at The New York Times, Olney became the Senior Writer of ESPN: The Magazine and regularly appears on SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight.
Twice, in 1997 and 1999, he's been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for beat writing. In 2004, Olney wrote The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, about the New York Yankee teams in the '90s.
In closing, I find these three writers to be entertaining, full of knowledge, and respectful to the game and players. Always active in the baseball community, these writers are always roaming the dugouts, stands, and keeping the public informed on news while working long hours.
I am interested in knowing who your favorite writers are.