Red Smith Award
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Red Smith Award

The Red Smith Award is awarded by the Associated Press Sports Editors for outstanding contributions to sports journalism.[1] It has been awarded annually at the APSE convention since 1981. Unlike many journalism awards, it is open to both writers and editors.

The Smith Award is traditionally announced in April and the winner receives the award in June at the annual APSE convention.

List of winners

Year Winner Organization
1981 Red Smith The New York Times
1982 Jim Murray Los Angeles Times
1983 Shirley Povich The Washington Post
1984 Fred Russell Nashville Banner
1985 Blackie Sherrod The Dallas Morning News
1986 Si Burick Dayton Daily News
1987 Will Grimsley Associated Press
1988 Furman Bisher The Atlanta Journal
1989 Edwin Pope The Miami Herald
1990 Dave Smith The Dallas Morning News
1991 Dave Kindred The National Sports Daily
1992 Ed Storin The Miami Herald
1993 Tom McEwen The Tampa Tribune
1994 Dave Anderson The New York Times
1995 Richard Sandler[nb 1] Newsday
1996 Bill Dwyre Los Angeles Times
1997 Jerome Holtzman Chicago Tribune
1998 Sam Lacy Baltimore Afro-American
1999 Bud Collins The Boston Globe
2000 Jerry Izenberg The Newark Star-Ledger
2001 John Steadman[2][nb 1] The Baltimore Sun
2002 Dick Schaap[nb 1] ESPN, The Sports Reporters
2003 George Solomon The Washington Post
2004 Jimmy Cannon[nb 1] New York Post, New York Journal American
2005 Mary Garber Winston-Salem Journal
2006 Joe McGuff The Kansas City Star
2007 Van McKenzie Orlando Sentinel
2008 W. C. Heinz[nb 1] The New York Sun
2009 Vince Doria ESPN
2010 Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press
2011 William H. "Bill" Millsaps, Jr. Richmond Times-Dispatch
2012 Frank Deford Sports Illustrated
2013 Dan Jenkins Sports Illustrated
2014 Wendell Smith[nb 1] Pittsburgh Courier, Chicago Herald-American, Chicago Sun-Times
2015 Bob Ryan The Boston Globe
2016 Leigh Montville The Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated
2017 Henry Freeman USA Today


  1. ^ a b c d e f Awarded posthumously.


  1. ^ "Red Smith Award Winners". Associated Press Sports Editors. Archived from the original on 15 September 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ Baltimore Sun Staff (June 2001). "Steadman transcended the games". Associated Press Sports Editors. Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 2010.

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