Gammons hospitalized with aneurysm

Gammons hospitalized with aneurysm

Peter Gammons, the award-winning baseball writer and the face of news and analysis for millions of fans through the years, underwent surgery Tuesday for an aneurysm in his brain.

Gammons, 61, reportedly was stricken earlier Tuesday and was taken to a Boston-area hospital. He is expected to be in intensive care for the next 10 to 12 days.

"He's a good friend and this was terrible, terrible news," Red Sox broadcaster and former player Jerry Remy said during the Tuesday night Sox-Mets broadcast on NESN. "Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with Peter."

Gammons is a household name to most fans as the ESPN studio analyst on "Baseball Tonight" and "Baseball 2Day." He has served as a Major League Baseball correspondent on ESPN since 1988, and among his popular contributions in all ESPN platforms are his "Diamond Notes" and other reports for "SportsCenter."

Gammons was honored as the 2004 recipient of the prestigious J.G. Taylor Spink Award for outstanding baseball writing during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown in 2005. He was selected in balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and the irony of his selection was that he probably could have been awarded either as a writer (Spink Award) or broadcaster (Ford Frick Award).

"I grew up in a household where my mother greeted me by saying, 'Can you believe all they got for Jimmy Piersall was Vic Wertz and Gary Geiger?'" Gammons said in his acceptance speech. "It was all in a small town in New England where the Red Sox's home opener was an acceptable, legal excuse for leaving school at 10 a.m."

Within the baseball writing establishment, Gammons has been regarded for his massive network of contacts throughout the sport, diligent coverage of trade rumors and possible blockbuster deals, and the prolific volumes of content he has produced -- most notably for the popular and trailblazing Sunday baseball notes column he wrote for many years at The Boston Globe.

It was there that he began his career as a reporter in 1969, and that baseball notes format established by Gammons and the Globe was widely adopted by other newspapers in all sports. His unique take on baseball was a mainstay of the Sunday Globe sports section until 2000, save for a few interruptions in the 1980s.

Gammons worked for Sports Illustrated, covering the National Hockey League, college basketball and Major League Baseball (1976-78, 1986-90). He also wrote a Sporting News baseball column in his early days when the magazine was regarded as the "Bible of Baseball."

In 1986, upon his return to SI as a senior writer following a second stay at the Globe, Gammons wrote numerous stories covering some of baseball's most important news events, as well as authoring "Inside Baseball," the magazine's weekly baseball notebook.

Gammons is also the author of Beyond the Sixth Game, a look at free agency.

During his Spink Award speech, Gammons credited ESPN executive John Walsh for having the courage to take a newspaper writer and put him on television.

"As one of the business' most creative visionaries, he understood that information was king," said Gammons. "I'm very proud to say today that much of what ESPN is, is because of John Walsh. And there are hundreds who have gone out of the print profession to follow me to ESPN, because of Walsh."

Born April 9, 1945, Gammons is a native of Boston, raised in nearby Groton, Mass. He attended the University of North Carolina and is married.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.