Philadelphia Sports Writers Association

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The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association (PSWA)[1] was founded on May 12, 1904, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2] The first of what would become an annual Awards Dinner was held on February 15, 1905.[2]

Awards[edit]

Each year, awards are presented—for the preceding calendar year—in the following categories: Outstanding Pro Athlete and/or Outstanding Philadelphia Pro Athlete of the Year (formerly Pro Athlete), Outstanding Amateur Athlete, Team of the Year, Outstanding Penn Relays collegiate performer (Frank Dolson/Penn Relays Award), Living Legend, Native Son, Humanitarian, Good Guy Award, and Most Courageous Athlete. The name of the Most Courageous Athlete recipient is kept secret until the night of the dinner.[3]

In 2012, the Humanitarian award was presented to Ed Snider and renamed in his honor as the Ed Snider Lifetime Distinguished Humanitarian Award.

In 2015, two new awards were begun: the Bill Campbell Broadcast Award and the Stan Hochman Award (for that year's best sports story in the region).[3]

In some years, awards are given in other categories: Executive of the Year, Nostalgia Team, Lifetime Achievement, Special Achievement, and Special Recognition.[4]

Award winners[edit]

1970–1979[edit]

1977
1978
1979

1980–1989[edit]

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

1990–1999[edit]

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

2000–2009[edit]

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007

The awardees were honored at the PSWA’s 104th Awards Dinner on January 28, 2008.[9]

2008

The awardees were honored at the 105th Awards Dinner on January 26, 2009.[9]

2009

The awardees were honored at the 106th Awards Dinner on February 1, 2010.

2010–2014[edit]

2010

The awardees were honored at the 107th Awards Dinner on January 31, 2011.[34][35]

2011

The awardees were honored at the 108th Awards Dinner on January 30, 2012.[45]

2012

The awardees were honored at the 109th Awards Dinner on January 28, 2013.[57] [58][59][60]

2013

The awardees were honored at the 110th Awards Dinner on January 27, 2014.[61][62]

  • Philadelphia Pro Athlete – Danny García (Light welterweight boxer: Undefeated light Welterweight Champion)
  • Outstanding National Pro Athlete – LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles running back)
  • Native Son – Bo Ryan (head coach of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Badgers men’s basketball team)
  • Living Legend – Bill Barber (former Philadelphia Flyers forward)
  • Athlete Good Guy – Jason Avant (Philadelphia Eagles receiver)
  • Team of the Year – Boston Red Sox
  • Amateur Athlete – Rondell White (West Chester University running back)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Bernard Hopkins (Middleweight Boxer: multi champion/belt holder)[62]
  • Ed Snider Lifetime Distinguished Humanitarian – Jim Murray (former Philadelphia Eagles general manager, founder of the Eagles Fly for Leukemia campaign, founder of first Ronald McDonald House)
  • Penn Relays Frank Dolson Award – Emily Lipari (Villanova University)
  • Army/Navy Game MVP – Keenan Reynolds (Navy quarterback)
  • 1973 & 1974 Stanley Cup Commemoration – Bernie Parent & Bob Clarke (former Philadelphia Flyers goalie and former Philadelphia Flyers captain)
  • Special Achievement – Wayne Hardin (Temple University & Naval Academy football coach, College Football Hall of Fame inductee)
  • Special Achievement – Tim Van Liew (Rutgers-Camden track & field: javelin)
  • Special Achievement – Denise Dillon (Head Coach, Drexel University women’s basketball)
  • Special Achievement – Jay Greenberg (Philadelphia Flyers beat writer, Hockey Hall of Fame inductee)
  • Special Achievement – Eastern High School Field Hockey (14 straight N.J. state field hockey championships and this year won N.J. Tournament of Champions)
2014

2015–2019[edit]

2015

The awardees were honored at the 112th annual awards dinner on February 1, 2016[3]

  • Athlete of the Year – Carli Lloyd (U.S. national women's soccer; Delran H.S. and Rutgers)[3]
  • Outstanding Philadelphia Pro Athlete – Jakub Voráček (Philadelphia Flyers winger)[3]
  • Outstanding Amateur Athlete – Tyler Matakevich (Temple Owls football All-American linebacker)[3]
  • Team of the Year – Temple Owls football[3]
  • Living Legend – Larry Holmes (former heavyweight boxing champion; Easton, Pa.)[3]
  • Native Son – Jahri Evans (New Orleans Saints offensive lineman); Frankford H.S. and Bloomsburg State)[3]
  • Ed Snider Lifetime Distinguished Humanitarian – David Montgomery (Philadelphia Phillies chairman)[3]
  • Army–Navy MVP – Keenan Reynolds (Navy)[3]
  • Good Guy Award – Brett Brown (Philadelphia 76ers head coach)[3]
  • Bill Campbell Broadcast Award – Merrill Reese (Philadelphia Eagles broadcaster)[3]
  • Stan Hochman Award (best sports story in the region) – Mike Sielski (The Philadelphia Inquirer)[3]
  • Special Achievement – Herb Magee (Philadelphia University; in 2015, became the second NCAA men's basketball coach to register 1,000 wins)[3]
  • Special Achievement – Reece Whitley (Penn Charter H.S. sophomore; has set 6 national swimming records for his age group)[3]
  • Most Courageous Athlete –
2016

The awardees are to be honored at the 113th annual awards dinner on February 3, 2017.[63]


See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ For the PSWA logo, see: "Tickets Now On Sale for 108th Annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Awards Dinner, Monday, January 30th". Jim DeLorenzo Public Relations. December 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b About webpage. PSWA Dinner official website. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Carchidi, Sam (January 28, 2016). "Lloyd highlights sports writers banquet". Philly.com. Philadelphia Media Network (Digital), LLC. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f The Executive of the Year, Nostalgia Team, Lifetime Achievement, and Special Recognition awards are not presented every year.
  5. ^ a b c d e The winners of the Most Courageous Award for 1977, 1979, 1984, 1986, and 1991 are listed in the cited article with the incorrect year, i.e., the year that follows the award year. (The awards dinner and presentation occur in January or February of the year following the award year.) "'Most Courageous Athlete Award' - Memorable Moments". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 14, 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af The winners of the Good Guy Award for 1978 to 2008 are listed at the bottom of the cited webpage with the incorrect year, i.e., the year that follows the award year. (The awards dinner and presentation occur in January or February of the year following the award year.) 76ers’ Willie Green earns PSWA ‘Good Guy’ award. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  7. ^ a b c PSWA Living Legend award will go to Red Klotz. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  8. ^ a b c d e f The winners of the Most Courageous Award for 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007 are listed in the cited article with the incorrect year, i.e., the year that follows the award year. (The awards dinner and presentation occur in January or February of the year following the award year.) More ‘Most Courageous’ memories from PSWA dinners. PSWA Dinner website. January 17, 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Awards webpage. PWSA Dinner official website. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
  10. ^ The following article was written on September 27, 2008, eight months after the award presentation. The awards dinner and presentation occur in January or February of the year following the award year. Jimmy Rollins, MVP. PWSA Dinner official website. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
  11. ^ Kalas honored by PSWA at 2008 Awards Dinner. PWSA Dinner official website. April 14, 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  12. ^ Carli Lloyd - 2007’s ‘Native Son’ Winner. PWSA Dinner official website. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  13. ^ Jon Runyan - 2007 Humanitarian Award-Winner. PWSA Dinner official website. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  14. ^ Writers honor Phils’ PR director, Larry Shenk. PWSA Dinner official website. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  15. ^ Kerry Fraser - 2007 Special Achievement Award. PWSA Dinner official website. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  16. ^ Brad Lidge named PSWA’s Outstanding Pro Athlete. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  17. ^ West Chester’s Mike Washington is Outstanding Amateur. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  18. ^ Phillies are Philadelphia Sports Writers’ ‘Team of the Year’. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  19. ^ Bernie Parent is Sports Writers’ Living Legend. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  20. ^ Cuttino Mobley honored as Philadelphia ‘Native Son’. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  21. ^ Adam Taliaferro to Receive PSWA Humanitarian Award. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  22. ^ Eagles Sheldon Brown is PSWA ‘Good Guy’ award-winner. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  23. ^ Lifetime Achievement award for NFL Films’ Steve Sabol. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  24. ^ PSWA’s ‘Most Courageous Athlete’ of 2009. PSWA Dinner website. January 27, 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-19. (The article title has the incorrect year, i.e., the year that follows the award year. The awards dinner and presentation occur in January or February of the year following the award year.)
  25. ^ PSWA taps Eagles’ Brent Celek as Outstanding Pro Athlete. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
  26. ^ Drexel’s Gabriela Marginean PSWA’s Top Amateur. PSWA Dinner website. January 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  27. ^ PSWA names Phillies ‘Team of the Year’ for 2009. PSWA Dinner website. January 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  28. ^ Vol’s Sarah Bowman honored at PSWA Awards Dinner. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i PSWA banquet on Feb. 1: So who’s going to be there?. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  30. ^ South Jersey’s own Andrew Bailey wins ‘Native Son’ Award. PSWA Dinner website. November 16, 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  31. ^ 1980 World Series hero Dickie Noles is PSWA ‘Humanitarian’. PSWA Dinner website. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  32. ^ PSWA honors Villanova’s 1985 NCAA championship team. PSWA Dinner website. November 16, 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  33. ^ Villanova’s Frances Koons honored by PSWA. PSWA Dinner website. August 29, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  34. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Halladay leads Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's honorees". philly.com. Philadelphia Media Network. February 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  35. ^ a b "Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay named Pro Athlete of the Year by Philadelphia Sports Writers Association". Philadelphia Phillies. December 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  36. ^ "Phils' Halladay Earns PSWA 'Pro Athlete of the Year' Award". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. December 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  37. ^ a b c d e f Callahan, Kevin (February 1, 2011). "Best of the best". CourierPostOnline.com. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  38. ^ "Flyers Earn PSWA's 'Team of the Year' Award". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. December 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  39. ^ "PSWA Will Honor Eagle Great Bill Bergey as 'Living Legend'". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. December 21, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  40. ^ "Soccer Star Bobby Convey Wins PSWA 'Native Son' Award". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  41. ^ "'Flyin' Hawaiian' Earns PSWA's Humanitarian Award". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. December 30, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  42. ^ "76ers' Elton Brand Names PSWA's Good Guy Award-Winner". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  43. ^ Callahan, Kevin (January 31, 2011). "Athlete's initiative provides gift of life". CourierPostOnline.com. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  44. ^ Callahan, Kevin (February 1, 2011). "Herzlich cited as Most Courageous". CourierPostOnline.com. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  45. ^ a b "2012 banquet: Who is going to be there?". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  46. ^ "Claude Giroux wins Pro Athlete of the Year from PSWA". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. December 16, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  47. ^ "Villanova All-American to be honored at 2012 banquet". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. December 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  48. ^ "PSWA crowns Phillies 'Team of the Year' for 2011". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. December 20, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  49. ^ "PSWA's Living Legend for 2012: Herb Magee". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  50. ^ "Giants' All-Star Vogelsong named PSWA 'Native Son' winner". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  51. ^ "Villanova coach Andy Talley named PSWA's Humanitarian". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  52. ^ "Hunter Pence named Good Guy winner by Sports Writers". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 3, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  53. ^ "Philly Sports Writers honor Union star Sebastian Le Toux". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 2, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  54. ^ a b c d e "Charlie Manuel, Cheryl Reeve among PSWA award-winners". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  55. ^ Cooney, Kevin (January 30, 2012). "PSWA Banquet: Robles feels at home in Philly". PhillyBurbs.com. Calkins Media, Inc. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  56. ^ McCaffery, Jack (January 30, 2012). "Philly holds special place in courageous Robles' heart". The Mercury (Pottstown, Pa.). Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  57. ^ a b "Ed Snider wins lifetime humanitarian award named in his honor". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. December 6, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  58. ^ Dillon, Hugh E (January 29, 2013). "Photos: The 109th annual Sports Writers Association Awards Dinner". Philly.com. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  59. ^ a b c d e f "Special awards for Jimmy Rollins, Speedy Morris, Hank Nichols". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 18, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  60. ^ a b c Edwards, Rob (January 28, 2013). "Mike Trout honored at Philadelphia Sports Writer's banquet". New Jersey On-Line LLC. South Jersey Times. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  61. ^ "PSWA's 110th annual Sports Awards Dinner: Who is going to be there?". Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. January 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  62. ^ a b "Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Banquet: Notable sports celebrities were out in force at the Hyatt in Cherry Hill". Liberty City Press. February 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  63. ^ a b c "McLane wins Hochman Award for best story in 2016 by Philadelphia writer". Philadelphia Media Network (Digital) LLC. January 5, 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-06. Mike Sielski was the winner of the inaugural Hochman Award last year. 
  64. ^ http://www.delcotimes.com/sports/20170203/jack-mccaffery-the-write-stuff-with-words-amp-passion-bill-lyon-shows-courage-in-fight-vs-alzheimers

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