Tom Verducci Named National Sportswriter Of The Year For Second Time
Seasoned Major League Baseball writer and Penn State alumnus Tom Verducci was named the National Sportswriter of the Year for the second time in a row by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters association on Monday.
A walk-on for the baseball team, Verducci graduated from Penn State in 1982 with a B.A. in Journalism. He also covered the legendary Penn State football teams of the early 80s for the Daily Collegian (probably because Onward State didn’t exist yet). Verducci was a reporter for the Nittany Lions’ first matchup with Georgia, which you might remember as the 1983 Sugar Bowl and National Championship. He was a reporter and baseball commentator for Newsday for 10 years and spent a year covering the Miami Dolphins for Florida Today before his Sports Illustrated career.
“When I wrote my first story for Sports Illustrated, Joe Paterno clipped the article and attached a hand-written note to it and sent it to me. He sent his congratulations and said how proud my late father would have been,” Verducci told us in a 2013 interview.
These days Verducci covers the MLB for Sports Illustrated, is a commentator for Fox, appears on MLB Network as a baseball insider, and visits Penn State. When he visited in 2011, he cited this as his favorite piece. Congratulations on another great year!
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With no canning weekends held this year and canvassing eventually suspended as well, this year’s total is a testament to how committed THON volunteers truly are.
Totals aside, congratulations to every organization that volunteered with THON throughout this year to raise more than $10 million for the kids.
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