Madden wins Spink award

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Madden of the Daily News of New York has won the Hall of Fame's Spink Award for his work as a baseball writer.

His election by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America was announced Tuesday at the winter meetings. He will be honored at the Hall's induction ceremonies on July 25.

Madden joined the Daily News in 1978 and was the New York Yankees' beat writer from 1980-88. He became the newspaper's national baseball columnist the next year.

Madden has covered 35 World Series. He wrote a longtime column for The Sporting News on collecting memorabilia and has a book coming out on George Steinbrenner.