Longtime SPORTS ILLUSTRATED senior writers Gary Smith (above, left) and Tom Verducci were honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association on Monday. Smith, who retired in 2014, is among the incoming class of Hall of Famers, which also includes ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, longtime CBS college basketball analyst Billy Packer and late author David Halberstam. Smith wrote for SI for 32 years and won four National Magazine Awards for his in-depth stories. Verducci, who won the National Sportswriter of the Year award for the second straight year, has covered baseball for SI since 1993. To read his Oct. 26 story on Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, go to SI.com/75game6.
This is an article from the Jan. 18, 2016 issue