BEST PRO SPORTSWRITER Phoenix 2006 - Joe Reaves
Sorry if this turns out to be the kiss of death for what must be a dream beat for a sports nut like Joe Reaves ? the national baseball writer for our usually wretched daily rag. We appreciate his knowledge of the game and love of offbeat takes, such as his clever look back at the infamous 1919 Black Sox betting scandal and how it parallels today's steroid crisis. Speaking of drugs, Reaves' piece about the love that pro ballplayers have for greenies (known to the uninitiated as amphetamines) provided quite the jolt for readers. Before he fled the Republic newsroom a few years ago, Reaves was The Man there, writing prolifically and well on sex scandals in the local Catholic diocese and such. That's not surprising, coming from a onetime foreign correspondent (Chicago Tribune) who has two published nonfiction baseball-related books on his r?sum?. Let's hope that this small tribute doesn't land old Joe back on night cops, where the closest thing to a bat is a billy club.