BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Tim Kurkjian, a Maryland native who performed the Baltimore Orioles beat, has been awarded the Baseball Writers Association of America Career Excellence Award and will be honored at the Balloon Museum and Museum National Baseball next July.
He will be presented with the award “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during a rollout ceremony scheduled for July 22-25 in Cooperstown, NY, the hall announced today. Tuesday.
A native of Bethesda, Md., Kurkjian graduated from Walter Johnson High School and continued study journalism at the University of Maryland. He got his first job in 1979 at Washington Star.
After a brief stint with the Texas Rangers, Kurkjian returned to the area to protect Orioles for Baltimore Sun, where he was from 1986 to 1989.
After seven years as a national baseball writer for Sports Illustrated, Kurkjian in 1998 landed on ESPN, where he has worked as a columnist for ESPN.com and as an analyst for the show “Baseball Tonight.” He won an Emmy for his work on that show in 2002 and received a second in 2003-04 for his contributions to “SportsCenter,” the hall of fame said.
Kurkjian has also written three books: “America’s Game”, “What’s a great game or what?” and “I’m fascinated by Sacrifice Flies.”
He has long kept his local roots. Kurkjian is a member of the board of directors for the University of Maryland’s Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and the school’s inaugural speaker in 2007.
And you can tell he’s still a Maryland guy at heart by watching him explode uncontrollably as ESPN host Scott Van Pelt delivers his best Bawlmer voice.
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