March 28, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) Longtime Chicago Associated Press sports writer Joe Mooshil will be honored posthumously with the Ring Lardner Award.

Mooshil and his ever-present cigar became a fixture on the Chicago sports scene over his course of four decades covering the city's teams. He worked for the news service from the 1950s to the 1990s and died in 2012 from leukemia.

Mooshil spent his childhood selling peanuts and scorecards at Wrigley Field. He was a radio operator during World War II.

More than two dozen sports journalists have chosen to honor him. The award is given for excellence in sports journalism.

Mooshil's daughter, Maria Mooshil, will accept the award at an April 13 ceremony in Chicago . Writer Dan Jenkins and sportscaster Pat Hughes also will be honored.

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