Steadman enters writers' Hall

April 25, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Sun columnist John Steadman, a veteran of the Baltimore sports scene for more than four decades, will be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame, joining some of the greatest names in American sportswriting.

Steadman will be enshrined in the Salisbury, N.C.-based NSSA Hall during a ceremony tomorrow night that will mark one of the most storied and varied careers in local sports journalism.

Steadman was a catcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm system, but turned to journalism when his baseball-playing days ended, first catching on as a part-time reporter with the old Baltimore News-Post.

He later became a reporter, then sports editor, of the now-defunct Baltimore News-American, a post he held for 28 years, until the paper folded in 1986. Steadman then was a columnist with The Evening Sun until that paper closed in 1995, when he took up residence as a Sunday columnist for The Sun.

Along the way, Steadman, who also once served as assistant manager and publicity director of the Colts, has seen and covered virtually every major local sporting event -- amateur or professional -- in the last five decades, as well as reported and commented on the comings and goings of the Colts, Orioles, Ravens and Bullets.

He is one of the few reporters or officials to have personally witnessed each of the 33 Super Bowls.

Nominees to the 40-year-old hall must have been active for at least 25 years, and voting is conducted among the NSSA membership. Joining Steadman in being enshrined this year is former Orioles radio announcer Jon Miller.

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