September 7, 2007 - Southern League (SL)
MARIETTA, GA - The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs is pleased to announce that Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser has been named its Sportswriter of the Year, as voted upon by the league\'s general managers and radio broadcasters.
Long\'s passion for baseball has been evident to his readers throughout his four-year tenure as beat writer for the Montgomery Biscuits. A meticulous compiler of statistical data, Long combines historical perspective with colorful detail in his unparalleled coverage of baseball in Montgomery. He also connects with fans through frequent blogs, keeping readers informed about Biscuits happenings and players past and present.
"To put it succinctly, Stacy covers our minor league Montgomery Biscuits as well as or better than any writer covers the big league clubs," Montgomery Advertiser sports editor L.C. Johnson said. "He puts that much heart and effort into it and takes a lot of pride in doing it, and our readers are the benefactors of that."
A resident of Montgomery who attended the University of Alabama, Long has been a valuable asset since joining the Montgomery Advertiser in 2002. Johnson compared Long to a "Swiss Army knife" when conveying his versatility as a writer, copy editor and designer.
Long joins a select list of outstanding sportswriters that have won the award, including current Southern League beat writers Jeff Elliott, Mark McCarter, David Paschall and Doug Segrest.