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Nantz, Ryan, Gammons, Madden Honored At NSSA Awards Banquet

(l to r) Ryan, Nantz And Gammons Receive
Wooden Bats At NSSA's Awards Banquet

CBS’ JIM NANTZ, Boston Globe columnist BOB RYAN, MLB Network’s PETER GAMMONS and Pro Football HOFer JOHN MADDEN were honored last night at the 51st National Sportscaster & Sportswriters Association’s Annual Awards Banquet in Salisbury, North Carolina. Nantz won the National Sportscaster of the Year award for the fifth time, while Ryan was honored for the third consecutive year, and fourth overall, as the National Sportswriter of the Year. Gammons and Madden were inducted into the NSSA HOF for their contributions to their professions. The four honorees were jovial in their acceptance speeches, but expressed sincere gratitude for the award. ARNOLD PALMER presented Nantz with his award, along with the original telephone from Giants Stadium that he used to receive the news that he was hired by CBS Sports in ’85. Nantz dedicated most of his acceptance speech to Palmer and recollected various memories they have shared throughout the years, including sitting with QUEEN ELIZABETH II at the state dinner in ’07. Nantz said, “To have Arnold Palmer come to Salisbury and present the award to me, was one of the highlights of my life.” Nantz said this award would likely go alongside his four others from the NSSA in a display Titleist made for him. “Titleist has been kind enough to make me a putter, and on the face it has National Sportscaster of the Year and the year,” he said. Prior to receiving his award, Nantz was given the key to the city by Salisbury Mayor SUSAN KLUTTZ.

SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON: Ryan reminisced about his early days at the Boston Globe with his good friend and colleague Gammons, who both joined the newspaper as interns on June 10, 1968. Ryan said this year’s award is more meaningful than the previous ones because of the presence of Gammons. Boston Globe sports editor JOE SULLIVAN introduced Ryan and recalled a time where both Ryan and NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN were in the same room. Someone called out, “Hey Commish,” and Ryan and Stern both replied at the same time. Ryan later in the evening presented Gammons with his award for being inducted into the HOF, calling Gammons the "best baseball writer ever." Gammons during his speech also reflected on his time working with Ryan and how the industry has evolved over the years. Meanwhile, Madden, whose aversion to air travel is well documented, did not attend the event, but he sent his thanks via a pre-taped video. CBS Sports Coordinating Producer LANCE BARROW accepted the award on Madden’s behalf and talked about his personal experiences with Madden over the years, including how Madden taught him “just to hang.” All four honorees were presented with wooden bats at the end of the banquet.

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