John George Taylor Spink (November 6, 1888 – December 7, 1962) was the publisher of The Sporting News from 1914 until his death 1962. Spink inherited the newspaper from his father, Charles Spink, in 1914. Posthumously, the Baseball Writers Association of America created the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, given to writers "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing", and named Taylor Spink its first recipient.
"Taylor Spink is first-class. Everything he does is first-class. He travels first-class, he works first-class. He nightclubs first-class and he tips first-class. His paper is first-class. He demands the best and he gets it."
John George "J. G." Taylor Spink was born to Charles and Marie (née Taylor) Spink in St. Louis, Missouri on November 6, 1888. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Gerald Holland, interviewing Spink, described Spink's mother as "a great character in her own right". In 1913, Taylor was an official scorer for the World Series between the Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Giants. Charles gained ownership of The Sporting News from his brother Alfred Henry Spink, and Taylor Spink inherited the paper when Charles died in 1914. Taylor Spink ran The Sporting News until his death. On the issue of racial integration in baseball, Spink wrote there "was no good" in raising the issue. During his tenure, the company published its first Baseball Register in 1940. Author Richard Peterson credits his leadership as a reason why the paper became "the Bible of baseball". Spink died on December 7, 1962, and is buried in a mausoleum at Bellefontaine Cemetery; upon his death, The Sporting News passed to his son, C. C. Johnson Spink.