Dan Shaughnessy Biography
Dan Shaughnessy is an American sportswriter. He has covered the Boston Red Sox for the Boston Globe since 1981. In 2016, he was given the J.G. Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Shaughnessy is often referred to by his nickname “Shank,” given by the 1980s Boston Celtics team for the often unflattering and critical nature of his articles.
Dan Shaughnessy Age
Dan Shaughnessy was born on July 20, 1953, in Groton, Massachusetts United States. He is 65 years old as of 2018.
Dan Shaughnessy Wife
Dan Shaughnessy is married to Marilou Shaughnessy, the couples were blessed with two daughters and a son, Sarah, Kate and Sam.
Dan Shaughnessy Net worth
Dan Shaughnessy earns his income from his businesses and from other related organizations. He also earns his income from his work as a sports writer. He has an estimated net worth of $ 2 million dollars.
Dan Shaughnessy Sportswriter
Dan Shaughnessy began his career as a beat reporter covering the Baltimore Orioles in the Baltimore Evening Sun in 1977 and in 1978. He has been a sports writer for The Boston Globe since September 1981. During this time, he served as a beat writer for the Boston Celtics and the Boston Red Sox, as well as a sports columnist for the Globe.
He has also authored and contributed to several sports-related books, including the fierce Yankees–Red Sox rivalry. He has published a book known as Curse of Bambino, details and the travails of Boston Red Sox and their search for a Worldwide series championship after selling Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. He subsequently wrote Reversing Curse after the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series.
He is a contributor in the ESPN Magazine, he then had a regular guest role on a Sunday night sports show, Sports Xtra. He discusses sports and current events on radio show airing on WTKK and ESPN’s in Rome and a Burning NESN’s SportsPlus and Globe 10.0.
On July 9, 2008, he made his debut as a guest host on the ESPN show Pardon and its Interruption. He also has a weekend radio show on WBZ-FM with Adam Jones. He Considered some of Red Sox fans (and some players) as being overly negative and critical, in the pejorative nickname “Curly-Haired Boyfriend” from former Red Sox player Carl Everett.
In October 2005, he revealed an information detailing negotiations between the Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino. Shaughnessy and other Globe writers were accused by writers at the Boston Herald of routinely reporting information leaked from the Red Sox front office (the Red Sox were 17.75 percent owned by The New York Times Company, the Globe’s parent company). The–Boston Herald columnist Tony Massarotti accused Red Sox management of smearing Epstein and suggested the Globe’s coverage of the negotiations may be conflicted because of the Times ownership in the team.
In the weeks leading up to Epstein’s decision, Red Sox owner John Henry said the leaks “had to stop”. In the final game of the 2011 season, the Red Sox had a playoff berth on the line in Baltimore. During a rain delay, Shaugnessy declared, “I think the Rays are not going to win tonight. I think the one thing we’ve eliminated tonight is the Red Sox season is not going to end tonight. They live to play another day.”
At the time, of the Tampa Bay Rays, he was trailed into the New York Yankees 7–0 in the 8th inning but won 8–7 in 12 innings. The Red Sox had a leading role in the Baltimore Orioles 3–2 but lost 4–3 and were eliminated from the postseason. In 2013, he and Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona released Francona, a biography focusing on Francona’s years as manager of the Red Sox. The book immediately became a best-seller.
On December 8, 2015, he was named in the 2016 recipient J. G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing”. He was presented with the award during induction weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2016.
Dan Shaughnessy Books
- Francona: The Red Sox Years 2013
- Senior Year: A Father, a Son, and High School Baseball 2007
- Reversing the Curse: Inside the 2004 Boston Red Sox 2005
- Fenway: A Biography in Words and Pictures 1999
- At Fenway: Dispatches from Red Sox Nation 1996
- Seeing Red: The Red Auerbach Story 1994
- Curse of the Bambino 10-Copy 1991
- The Legend of the Curse of the Bambino 1990
- EverGreen The Boston Celtics: A History in the Words of Their Players, Coaches, Fans, and Foes, from 1946 to the Present 1990
- One Strike Away: The Story of the 1986 Red Sox 1987
- Spring Training: Baseball’s Early Season
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Dan Shaughnessy Brings humility, humor to lecture
Though he is a big name in Boston sports, Dan Shaughnessy did not seem to want to hear himself talk when he came to the Mattapoisett Library for a talk on Saturday. He instead delivered some brief remarks, drawing on his wit and self-deprecating jokes, before opening the floor up to audience questions.
His sister Anne Martin, who lives in Mattapoisett, introduced him and told the audience his passion for sports was so great that when he was a kid he would play Wiffle ball for hours against himself, inventing imaginary teams and elaborate rules as to which team won.
In return, Shaughnessy talked about what it was like to see Anne outperform him at sports. “It killed me to have my sister be better than I was,” he admitted. After some lighthearted reminiscing about potential sports-related books for teenagers, Shaughnessy headed into the meat of his discussion about “the state of Boston Pro Sports teams.”
His main point was that Boston is currently in a Renaissance period for their sports teams, having won 11 championships in this century across all of its sports teams. Some would say that the 2018 Red Sox are the greatest team in franchise history, but Shaughnessy speculated that the 2004 Red Sox would beat the current team in a matchup.
While he was confident with some of his assertions, Shaughnessy also admitted that he didn’t know everything, including the infamous Malcolm Butler, play in the Super Bowl. He also seemed thrilled to be named to the Baseball Writers Hall of Fame in 2016, but he poked fun at the process by comparing the paper ballot to the type of election that John Quincy Adams had in 1824.
When Shaughnessy opened the floor up for questions some people asked sweeping questions about sports, some asked about specific names in sports, and others asked about Shaughnessy as a writer. One fan asked what Shaughnessy thought of Manny Ramirez, prompting a humorous story about how
Ramirez was briefly accused of reading the other team’s signs during a World Series game against the Cardinals, only to have a teammate explain that he likely was not because “Manny doesn’t even know our signs!” Another audience member asked about Ernie Adams, a mysterious advisor to Bill Bellichik. Shaughnessy was able to give background, but could not confirm what Adams does.
Other audience members asked about parity on sports teams, which Shaughnessy doesn’t consider a real issue. One man even asked whether Shaughnessy thought that sports players were overcompensated. His response was that they probably are, but that’s indicative of the importance of sports and leisure in American life.
Another line of questioning had to do with Shaughnessy as a writer. One attendee asked what it was like to work with Will McDonough, to which Shaughnessy replied, “he was like a dad to me,” adding later that sports writers on the Globe today “don’t know the games as well as he did.”
When another attendee asked how Shaughnessy gets access to the big names in sports as sources, the sportswriter replied that it was mostly a matter of having been around a long time. Still, he noted that he doesn’t have a lot of inside sources because “I write everything I know,” rather than protecting sources, often alienating them in the process. After the lecture, Shaughnessy attended a reception in the library, where he continued the discussion on Boston sports.