Jayson Stark

Jayson Stark (born July 19, 1951)[1] is an American sportswriter and author who covers baseball for The Athletic. He is most known for his time with The Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN.

Jayson Stark
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Born (1951-07-19) July 19, 1951 (age 69)
EducationSyracuse University
OccupationBaseball writer and analyst
Years active1979 – present
Notable credit(s)
The Philadelphia Inquirer
WebsiteJayson Stark


Stark grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in journalism in 1973.[2][1][3] In 1979 he joined The Philadelphia Inquirer as a beat writer for the Philadelphia Phillies, and eventually became a national baseball writer and columnist for that paper.[1][4] From 1983 to 1999 he produced a nationally syndicated Baseball Week in Review column "known for unearthing obscure, historic and humorous aspects of baseball".[1] He was twice named Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.[1][5] His observations and analysis of the 1993 Phillies team is quoted in several books.[6][7]

Stark joined ESPN in 2000.[3] He was a senior writer for ESPN.com. He also contributed to SportsCenter, ESPNews, Baseball Tonight,[8] and a weekly segment during baseball season with WHB 810 in Kansas City. He appeared weekly on Mike & Mike.[8] Beginning in 2014, Stark began co-hosting a weekly radio show during baseball season on ESPN Radio's affiliate in Philadelphia. Stark was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.[9][2] Stark was laid off from ESPN on April 26, 2017,[10] along with several other on-air personalities.[11] On April 1, 2018, he started writing for The Athletic.[12]

Stark is the 2019 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award given by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing".[13]


Stark's wife Lisa is an assistant coach for the Council Rock North volleyball team.[14] They have three children.[8]



  • Wild Pitches: Rumblings, Grumblings, and Reflections on the Game I Love. Triumph Books. 2014. ISBN 1623688167.
  • Worth The Wait: Tales of the 2008 Phillies. Triumph Books. 2011. ISBN 1600786553.
  • The Stark Truth: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players in Baseball History. Triumph Books. 2007. ISBN 1572439599.

Selected articlesEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jayson Stark". ESPN Mediazone. Archived from the original on November 4, 2016. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Inductee Profile: Jayson Stark". Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Morgan, Bruce (2012). Steve Carlton and the 1972 Phillies. McFarland. p. 178. ISBN 0786489839.
  4. ^ Macnow, Glen; Cataldi, Angelo (2004). The Great Philadelphia Sports Debate. B B & A Publishers. p. 20. ISBN 0975441914.
  5. ^ "ESPN's Stark to visit Penn State for Foster Conference". Penn State | News. The Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  6. ^ Gordon, Bob; Burgoyne, Tom (2013). More than Beards, Bellies and Biceps: The Story of the 1993 Phillies (And the Phillie Phanatic Too). Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 1613214472.
  7. ^ Gordon, Robert (2013). Then Bowa Said to Schmidt...: The Greatest Phillies Stories Ever Told. Triumph Books. p. 153. ISBN 1623682266.
  8. ^ a b c "Jayson Stark". Speakerpedia.com. 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  9. ^ Skarka, Mike. "ESPN's Jayson Stark to be inducted into Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". ESPN.
  10. ^ Jayson Stark [@jaysonst] (April 26, 2017). "For 17 yrs I've had a dream job covering baseball for ESPN. Today is my last day. Thanks to all the great people at ESPN, MLB & all of you!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ http://deadspin.com/a-running-list-of-espn-layoffs-1794664091
  12. ^ Stark, Jayson (April 1, 2018). "Jayson Stark: Welcome to the future, where great writing matters". The Athletic.
  13. ^ Associated Press (December 11, 2018). "Jayson Stark wins Baseball Hall of Fame's Spink Award". ESPN. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "ESPNs Jayson Stark Talks Phillies!". Suburban One Sports. October 7, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2015.

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