Career Path of Sportswriter Joe Goddard '60 Traced at

Career Path of Sportswriter Joe Goddard '60 Traced at

March 23, 2004

March 23, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - For the Chicago Sun-Times' Joe Goddard, "It was a circuitous route, 14 years, before he arrived at his goal and began his sportswriting career," notes a story on, Major League Baseball's official Web site. "A fraternity brother at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, knew of his love of sports and heard there was an opening in Dodgertown, the Dodgers' complex in Vero Beach, Florida. He got the job: coach and counselor for the minor leaguers. Four years later he was a cityside reporter for the Indianapolis Times, covering everything from the police beat to spelling bees. The Sun-Times was the next stop, nine years on the main copy desk before he was transferred to sports. A year later he finally was in his element -- a traveling baseball writer covering both the Cubs and White Sox."

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Joe Goddard, a 1960 graduate of DePauw University, was runner-up for the 2003 J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which is presented annually by the Baseball Writers Association of America to a sportswriter "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing."