2013 WRITING AWARDS
(for work done in 2012)
Eric Raskin, “Nature, Nurture and Knockouts: The Continued Rise of Adrien Broner,” Grantland.com
Second Place (Tie)
Tim Dahlberg, “Old Story in Boxing, Pacquiao Loss Hits Home,” The Associated Press, June 10, 2012
Norm Frauenheim, “Timothy Bradley Talked About Timing,” New York Times, June 9, 2012
Lance Pugmire, “Martinez Holds On to Defeat Chavez Jr.,” Los Angeles Times, Sept. 16, 2012
Third Place (Tie)
Ron Borges, “An Over-The-Counter Remedy,” Boston Herald, Dec. 9, 2012
Lyle Fitzsimmons, “Hopkins Unsure of Fight Future,” PhillyBurbs.com, April 30, 2012
Bernard Fernandez, Philadelphia Daily News; David P. Greisman, BoxingScene.com; Jerry Izenberg,Newark Star-Ledger; Ronan Keenan, TheSweetScience.com; Kieran Mulvaney, InsideHBOBoxing.com; Joseph Santoliquito, RingTV.com
Ron Borges, “Pacquiao-Bradley Decision So Deplorable,” Boston Herald, June 11, 2012
Second Place (Tie)
Chris Cozzone, “Requiem for a Hometown Champion,” Fightnews.com, June 1, 2012
Tim Dahlberg, “Floyd Mayweather Rant Means No Manny Pacquiao Fight,” The Associated Press, May 2, 2012
Jerry Izenberg, “Please Say It Isn’t So – Ali is 70 Years Old Today,” Newark Star-Ledger, Jan. 17, 2012
Bart Barry, “Into the Fifth,” 15Rounds.com, March 4, 2012
Thomas Gerbasi, BoxingScene.com; Steve Farhood, Boxing Monthly; Chris Mannix, SI.com; Springs Toledo, TheSweetScience.com; Cliff Rold, BoxingScene.com
David P. Greisman, “Lamont Peterson’s New Biggest Fight,” BoxingScene.com
Second Place (Tie)
Bernard Fernandez, “Longest Journey: Orlando Cruz Acknowledges Publicly He’s Gay,” The Ring, January 2013 (on newsstands November 2012)
Thomas Hauser, “Martinez-Chavez Peaks and Valleys,” MaxBoxing.com, Sept. 24, 2012
Lance Pugmire, “Boxing Sticks Fans With Two-Ring Circus,” Los Angeles Times, Sept. 12, 2012
Ron Borges, TheSweetScience.com; Lee Groves, RingTV.com; Gordon Marino, The Wall Street Journal; Springs Toledo, TheSweetScience.com
SHORT FEATURE (UNDER 1,750 WORDS)
Chris Mannix, “The Fighter Finds Peace,” Sports Illustrated, June 11, 2012
David P. Greisman, “On Freddie Roach: Once Again, a Winner,” BoxingScene.com
Ronan Keenan, “Inside the Mind of Dereck Chisora,” TheSweetScience.com, July 13, 2012
Ron Borges, Boston Herald; Mike Coppinger, RingTV.com; Tim Dahlberg, The Associated Press; Lee Groves, RingTV.com; Norm Frauenheim, 15Rounds.com; Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times; Michael Rosenthal, The Ring; Springs Toledo, TheSweetScience.com; David Weinberg, The Press of Atlantic City
LONG FEATURE (OVER 1,750 WORDS)
First Place (Tie)
Chris Mannix, “Bob Arum Still Hustling at 81,” SI.com, Dec. 5, 2012
Carlo Rotella, “The Prospect – Playing in Time: Essays, Profiles and Other True Stories, University of Chicago Press, 2012
Michael Woods, “The Fight That Killed,” ESPNNewYork.com, March 15, 2012
Ivan Goldman, “The Ring is Counted Out,” Columbia Journalism Review, January/February 2012
Bart Barry, The Ring; Ron Borges, Boxing Monthly; Ronan Keenan, TheSweetScience.com; Michael Rosenthal, The Ring; Joseph Santoliquito, RingTV.com
Thomas Hauser, “The PED Mess,” MaxBoxing.com, Nov. 19-20, 2012
Ivan Goldman, “Anthony Fletcher Sits Forgotten in Pennsylvania Cell,” BoxingInsider.com, May 9, June 4, 13, 22, July 3, 24, Aug. 24, 2012
Norm Frauenheim, “Worst Experience of My Life,” The Ring, August 2012
Ron Borges, Boxing Monthly; Bernard Fernandez, RingTV.com; David P. Greisman, BoxingScene.com; Lee Groves, RingTV.com; Joseph Santoliquito, SportsWeek; Springs Toledo, TheSweetScience.com
Lorraine Branham, Dean, S.I. Newhouse School, Syracuse University
Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Wyosports.net
Dr. Peter Gross, Director, School of Journalism and Electronic media, University of Tennessee
Rachel Lenzi, Toledo Blade
Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News
Dave Kindred has been named the Boxing Writers Association of America's 2012 recipient of the Nat Fleischer Award for "Excellence in Boxing Journalism." The vote for the Fleischer Award is comprised
solely of past winners.
Kindred has been a reporter and columnist for the Washington Post, Louisville Courier-Journal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and numerous other publications. The quality of
his writing has set a standard for boxing coverage that has seldom been equaled. He has authored nine books, including Sound and Fury, which examined the intertwined lives of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell.
Kindred's accomplishments culminated in his being honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as a recipient of sports journalism's
highest honor:the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement. He is also a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame. He presently is a director of Indiana University's National Sports
Journalism Center, an adjunct professor at both Bradley University and Illinois Wesleyan University, and a contributing writer for SportsOnEarth.com.
Kindred was ecstatic when told of this latest honor.
"I'm thrilled to be on a list that begins with Barney Nagler, my first ringside mentor, and includes another two dozen reporters
whose work taught me how to do it," he said.
Peter Finney, the newest winner of the A.J. Liebling Award for Outstanding Boxing Writing presented by the Boxing Writers Association of America, is one of the last of his kind, a New Orleans civic treasure whose 67½ years of writing about sports in his hometown – not only boxing, which long has held a special place in his heart -- is a perfect amalgamation of journalistic talent and incredible longevity.
Finney, 85, joins a prestigious scroll of past Liebling winners that includes, among others, Shirley Povich, Budd Schulberg, W.C. Heinz, Jimmy Cannon, Robert Lipsyte, Bill Gallo, Dick Young, Edwin Pope, William Nack, Larry Merchant, F.X. Toole, Pete Hamill, George Plimpton and Liebling himself.
Finney began his newspaper career as a 17-year-old, recent high school graduate, stringing for the New Orleans State. The first of
his 10,000-plus bylined stories appeared on June 22, 1945. His career has outlasted that of the now-defunct State, and since 1980 he has
been churning out award-winning sports stories for the Times-Picayune, further establishing himself as an icon to generations of devoted readers.
Although he is a general sports columnist who in recent years has only occasionally authored a boxing piece, Finney is the big gun his newspapers would roll out whenever a truly major ring event demanded public attention. He has covered, among others, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.
“Boxing has a charm all its own,” Finney said. “You’re right there at ringside, and it’s a captivating sport, especially at the top level. I remember the Sugar Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran fight at the Superdome in 1980. Sugar Ray was a great boxer and had a lot of charisma. One thing I definitely remember about that fight was watching a man from Panama at ringside waving a little Panamanian flag. After Duran quit, the man just dropped the flag in his lap and wouldn’t look up.
“The Ali-Spinks fight in 1978 was one of the most dramatic events the Superdome ever had because it involved Ali, and he didn’t disappoint. Ali was a mesmerizing athlete. I remember going up to his training camp in Pennsylvania, and as we were asking questions, he was doing magic tricks with a rope."
The Liebling is but the latest of honors bestowed upon Finney. He received the Dick McCann Memorial Award, the highest award presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in 2010. He was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame in 2012, and is enshrined in the New Orleans Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame, LSU School of Journalism Hall of Fame and the (Loyola University of New Orleans, Peter’s alma mater)
Wolf Pack Hall of Fame. He has been voted Louisiana Sports Writer of
the Year a record 17 times by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters.