Jayson Stark accepted the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing on Saturday afternoon at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field, and he was moved by the moment.

"I am literally living the dream. It feels like it is happening to somebody else," said Stark, a Phillies beat writer and national columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1979-2000. "This would be the honor of a lifetime even if it wasn't voted on by the baseball writers, but that makes it more special because all I ever wanted, from the time I was a kid, was to be one of you (baseball writers)."