Jayson Stark (born July 19, 1951) is an American sportswriter and author who covers  baseball for . He is most known for his time with The Athletic and The Philadelphia Inquirer ESPN.
Stark grew up in
Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in journalism in 1973.   In 1979 he joined  as a beat writer for the The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia Phillies, and eventually became a national baseball writer and columnist for that paper.  From 1983 to 1999 he produced a nationally syndicated  Baseball Week in Review column "known for unearthing obscure, historic and humorous aspects of baseball". He was twice named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year by the  National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.  His observations and analysis of the 1993 Phillies team is quoted in several books.   
ESPN in 2000. He was a senior writer for  ESPN.com. He also contributed to , SportsCenter ESPNews, , Baseball Tonight and a weekly segment during baseball season with WHB 810 in Kansas City. He appeared weekly on  . Mike & Mike Beginning in 2014, Stark began co-hosting a weekly radio show during baseball season on ESPN Radio's affiliate in Philadelphia. Stark was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.   Stark was laid off from ESPN on April 26, 2017,  along with several other on-air personalities.  On April 1, 2018, he started writing for  . The Athletic 
Stark is the 2019 recipient of the
J. G. Taylor Spink Award given by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing". 
Stark's wife Lisa is an assistant coach for the Council Rock North volleyball team.
They have three children.  
"How MLB Expansion could lead to realignment, a new playoff format, a universal DH and more". . June 13, 2018. The Athletic
"Kolten Wong's walk-off wins wild one". . October 13, 2014. ESPN
"Strange stuff ... in the 2011 postseason". ESPN. December 23, 2011.
"Strange But True in 2010". ESPN. December 24, 2010. " Schmidt Just Made It Look Easy", in The Phillies Reader, Richard Orodenker, ed. 2005: Temple University Press, page 220. ISBN 1592133983.
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"Jayson Stark". ESPN Mediazone. Archived from the original on November 4, 2016 . Retrieved 2013.
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Morgan, Bruce (2012). . McFarland. p. 178. Steve Carlton and the 1972 Phillies ISBN . 0786489839
Macnow, Glen; Cataldi, Angelo (2004). . B B & A Publishers. p. 20. The Great Philadelphia Sports Debate ISBN . 0975441914
"ESPN's Stark to visit Penn State for Foster Conference". Penn State | News. The Pennsylvania State University . Retrieved 2013.
Gordon, Bob; Burgoyne, Tom (2013). . Skyhorse Publishing. More than Beards, Bellies and Biceps: The Story of the 1993 Phillies (And the Phillie Phanatic Too) ISBN . 1613214472
Gordon, Robert (2013). . Triumph Books. p. 153. Then Bowa Said to Schmidt...: The Greatest Phillies Stories Ever Told ISBN . 1623682266
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"Jayson Stark". Speakerpedia.com. 2015 . Retrieved 2015.
Skarka, Mike. "ESPN's Jayson Stark to be inducted into Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". ESPN.
Jayson Stark [@jaysonst] (April 26, 2017). "For 17 yrs I've had a dream job covering baseball for ESPN. Today is my last day. Thanks to all the great people at ESPN, MLB & all of you!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
Stark, Jayson (April 1, 2018). "Jayson Stark: Welcome to the future, where great writing matters". The Athletic.
Associated Press (December 11, 2018). "Jayson Stark wins Baseball Hall of Fame's Spink Award". ESPN . Retrieved 2018.
"ESPNs Jayson Stark Talks Phillies!". Suburban One Sports. October 7, 2010 . Retrieved 2015.