Friday January 9th, 2015

Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci was named National Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, the organization announced Thursday.

This is the first time Verducci has won the award. He has been at SI since 1993 and has spent more than a decade as the lead baseball writer. Prior to joining SI, Verducci was a reporter and baseball columnist at Newsday for ten years. He also spent a year covering the Miami Dolphins for Florida Today.

In addition to his writing for SI, Verducci is also an insider for the MLB Network and a commentator on FOX’s lead baseball broadcast team alongside Joe Buck.

Other writers to win the award for work at Sports Illustrated include Peter Gammons, Steve Rushin, Joe Posnanski, Peter King (three times), Frank Deford (six) and Rick Reilly (11).

Below, you'll find six great stories by Verducci, including three from this year and three from the SI Vault.

Exit Stage Center

Rob Tringali

In a series of revealing interviews, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter - the most familiar ballplayer ever - reflects on what has changed in the game (lots) and in himself (little) over two decades in the New York glare.

2014 Sportsman of the Year

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner had one of the greatest performances in MLB postseason history as he helped his team win its third World Series in five years. But Bumgarner's magic on the mound starts with a close connection to home.

The passion of Roger Angell

Eric Risberg/AP

A profile of The New Yorker writer Roger Angell. "What he does with words, even today at 93, is what Mays did in centerfield and what Koufax did on the mound. His superior elegance and skill are obvious even to the untrained eye."

From the Vault: El Duque

Chuck Solomon/Sports Illustrated

From the Aug. 17, 1998, issue of Sports Illustrated: New York has fallen hard for Orlando Hernandez, whose journey from Cuba to the Yankees has made him one of the majors' new wave of international stars. 

From the Vault: The End of the Curse

From the 2004 Sportsmen of the Year issue: How the Boston Red Sox staged the most improbably comeback in baseball history, ended the Curse and liberated their long-suffering nation of fans.

From the Vault: The Left Arm of God

Neil Leifer/SI

From the July 12, 1999, issue of Sports Illustrated: Dodgers ace Sandy Koufax was the most dominant pitcher of his time, but he shunned fame and put the team above himself.

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