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Bill Conlin won J.G. Taylor Spink award last summer for his achievements as a baseball writer. Thus, his portrait hangs in Cooperstown amongst the greatest names ever associated with America's pastime. After recent allegations that Conlin molested a number of children in the 1970s, some people are wondering about his place in the Hall of Fame. Conlin's mug is scheduled to remain in the hall until replaced with the 2012 winner in July. Not everybody seems to be thrilled about that idea. [New York Times]
Sure. Accused pederast Jerry Sandusky contributed plenty of headlines in 2011, but State College is a three-and-a-half-hour drive from these parts. And we've got plenty of our own creeps, miscreants, and, well, just people we don't like very much to go around. Here, in absolutely no particular order, the people who contributed the most to Philly's bad PR over the last year.1. John BolarisThe associate-degreed weatherman would have been appropriate fodder for a worst of list prior to last week's suspension, and we're still a little foggy on why he bothered to come back after his five-year Storm of the Century exile in the first place. We really don't care about the weather or his lack of credibility in reporting it. We just think that he's a real, well, a real prick.
This holiday season has been a reminder that as sports have become all-encompassing in our lives—24-hour news, fantasy leagues, gossip websites—we’ve lost much of the escapism that following our favorite teams used to offer. Kicking back with a cheesesteak and some suds to watch a Phillies game used to be a break from the harsh realities of the world outside the lines. This week, though, if you went online to read Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin’s take on the Jimmy Rollins deal, there’s a good chance you were sidetracked—and blindsided—by a very different story. Four adults, including Conlin’s niece, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the award-winning baseball writer sexually molested them as children. Since that report ran, two more alleged victims have stepped forward. It’s damning, devastating stuff.
Philly's District Attorney Urges Victims to Come Forward. In the wake of allegations against Jerry Sandusky, Bernie Fine and now Bill Conlin, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams made a statement urging victims—and their parents—to report sexual abuse, or abuse of any kind, to the proper authorities. The suggestion comes after Conlin's accusers waited 40 years to admit their abuse, making it so that they'll never see justice and Conlin never has an opportunity to clear his name in court. [Inquirer]Predators Playing "Jailbait" Game. Predators are looking for underage girls in chatrooms. Then, they're trying to convince them to strip and
In February 1997, I pulled into the parking lot on North Broad Street for my first day of work at the Daily News. Looking up at the imposing white tower was exhilarating. The thought of working in the same building with some of the journalism giants who I grew up reading made all the long ponderous nights covering zoning and school board meetings at other Podunk papers worthwhile.One of those giants was Bill Conlin, who for decades made it compelling to read all about the Phillies losing. I can’t say Conlin was a hero, but I greatly admired the toughness and honesty in his writing. So the news that Conlin has been accused of molesting four people when they were kids 40 years ago is still hard to fathom.
First, former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually abusing a series of children over decades. Now, even closer to home, Daily News sports writer Bill Conlin—a local legend—is accused of molesting kids decades ago. But after all the coverage, are any of us better prepared to protect our own children or recognize suspicious behavior on the part of the adults in our midst?In Philadelphia, the Joseph J. Peters Institute, a non-profit mental health agency focused on sexual abuse, tries to counsel sex offenders and educate the public to prevent further victims. I spoke to Michael Stinson, director of prevention services at the Peters Institute, to try and figure out what we should take away from these recent, tragic stories.
Sixth Alleged Conlin Victim Comes Forward. Two additional women have come forward alleging that Bill Conlin molested them during their childhoods. Both of the additional alleged victims were friends with Conlin's children in the '70s. [NBC Philadelphia]A.J. Daulerio's Email Exchange With Conlin. Gawker editor and former Philly Mag staffer A.J. Daulerio has stayed in contact with Conlin since writing a feature on the former Daily News columnist for Philadelphia magazine. Conlin and Daulerio exchanged a number of emails leading up to the publication of Deadspin's piece on the Inquirer article alleging abuse. [Deadspin]Three Alleged Conlin Victims Hire a Lawyer. Three
“The soulless have no need of melancholia,” said Vladimir Odoevsky, a Russian writer who died in 1869 and is said to have prophesied the Internet Age.Comforting words, and words worth keeping close, particularly in the granddaddy of melancholy seasons.
Inquirer investigative ace Nancy Phillips has been deluged with emails, voicemails, tweets and interview requests since breaking the story yesterday of allegations of child molestation against veteran Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin. After word of the piece leaked on deadspin.com yesterday, Philly.com posted the story at about 4:15 p.m. It ran today in the print editions.“It’s insane,” Phillips said today, between frantic rounds of TV and radio interviews. “I’m looking at 257 unopened emails, and I answered more than a hundred last night. Clearly, this has struck a chord with readers.”
Yesterday, Bill Conlin resigned from his longtime post at the Daily News amid allegations that he molested multiple children in the 1970s. Conlin won the Baseball Writers Association of America's J.G. Taylor Spink Award this year for his career achievements as a sports writer. Jack O'Connell—the secretary/treasurer of the BBWAA—shanked his drive into a hazard when he issued a statement yesterday afternoon to remind everyone that Conlin was a good writer."Bill Conlin has been a member in good standing of the BBWAA since 1966. The allegations have no bearing on his winning the 2011 J.G. Taylor Spink Award,