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Former Gamecock Inducted into Cooperstown

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A former Gamecock student-athlete was among those inducted in the 2010 class for the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. Journalist Bill Madden was named the 61st winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award - given annually by the Baseball Writers' Association of America "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing."

Madden came to South Carolina on a track scholarship and earned his degree in journalism. His big break in newspapers was due in part to a legendary Gamecock coach:

"In my senior year, I wrote to Jack Griffin, the sports editor of (United Press International) in New York City," Madden said. "Well, I didn't hear back for a few months. But one day, I was working for The State (newspaper) in Columbia, S.C., and the sports editor comes out of the office and tells me I have a phone call from Frank McGuire. Basketball was my main beat in college, so I knew Frank, but I hadn't used him for a reference or anything.

"Frank says: 'I just got off the phone with Jack Griffin. You got the job.' I found out later that Griffin had been a ballboy for McGuire when he was at St. John's."


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