Legendary Boston sportswriter Dan Shaughnessey will be honored at this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame ceremonies, and will do so decked out in a suit made in Watertown.
The Boston Globe columnist will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award on July 23. He will receive the award at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y. While he hails from Newton, Shaughnessey gets his clothing at Eastern Clothing of Watertown.
“Dan has been a friend and customer at Eastern Clothing for many years and we are proud that he will be wearing one of our suits while being honored for the 2016 J.G Taylor Spink Award,” said John M. Airasian, who co-owns the business with his father, John S. Airasian. “He will be joining unbelievable company in the world of baseball writing with this well deserved award. We wish him continued success on his remarkable 35 year career.”
Eastern Clothing has a long tradition of providing suits for Boston area athletes and sports teams. The store on Coolidge Hill Road is filled with photos of customers and they have old seats from Fenway Park, the Boston Garden and a piece of the Celtic’s old parquet floor.
The Spink Award is voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.”
Shaughnessy has been with the Globe for 35 years, and before that covered baseball for the Baltimore Evening Sun and Washington Star. He has covered 35 spring trainings and 25 World Series, and penned 12 books, most notably the “Curse of the Bambino.”
In 2002, he was the last reporter to interview Ted Williams, and is credited with popularizing the phrase “Red Sox Nation.”