Bill Conlin, disgraced sports writer, dead at 79

Bill Conlin, disgraced sports writer, dead at 79
January 9, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Bill Conlin won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, given annually by the Baseball Writers Association of America, for outstanding baseball writing in 2011. (AP)

Disgraced former Philadelphia sports writer Bill Conlin died Thursday morning in Largo, Fla., a person with knowledge of the situation told CSNPhilly.com.

Conlin, 79, was a fixture on the Philadelphia sports writing scene for five decades before abruptly resigning in Dec. 2011 amid allegations that he had molested several children years earlier. After the allegations, which were made by a niece, Conlin withdrew from the public eye. He had recently been ill and was admitted to Largo Medical Center earlier this week.

Conlin wrote for the Philadelphia Bulletin and the Philadelphia Daily News. He was known for his coverage of baseball. He won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, given annually by the Baseball Writers Association of America, for outstanding baseball writing in 2011 and was honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame that summer.

The allegations of child abuse were levied five months later.