- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 7, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Morris Siegel, the late sports columnist for The Washington Times, received 112 votes to finish second in the voting for the writers’ wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who has covered baseball for 33 years, was the top vote-getter with 233 votes and was the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored at the July 2007 induction ceremonies. Nick Peters of the Sacramento Bee finished third with 66 votes.

The voting was conducted by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Siegel, who died June 2, 1994, was nominated by BBWAA’s Baltimore-Washington chapter. A three-member committee of writers who already are members of the Hall of Fame reduced a list of seven nominations from across the country to three finalists.

Siegel wrote for The Times from October 1986 until his death from liver cancer. Earlier, he was a baseball writer for The Washington Post and a columnist for both the Washington Daily News and the Washington Star.

During his tenures at the Star and The Times, Siegel campaigned for the return of major league baseball to the nation’s capital, which didn’t happen until 11 years after his death. When the Star closed in 1981, the D.C. Baseball Commission hired Siegel as a consultant because of his many contacts.

Thom Loverro

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