We’re very excited and extremely honored to name Bob Ryan as our PAL of The Year! Bob is simply one of the great sportswriters of our time! Bob covered the wide world of sports for 44 years for The Boston Globe, “retiring” in 2012. Fortunately for us, he still writes on average of 40 columns per year for the Sunday Sports Page.
Bob is considered a basketball guru, and that wouldn’t be wrong, as Bob covered the Celtics and the NBA for years. But, truly, Bob is a sports guru. His knowledge of all sports, along with the ability to flat-out write has served up a great career. However, what makes Bob really special is his intelligence, his cultural awareness and his sense of perspective. All those ingredients found their way into Bob’s work, and it’s why any conversation about the greatest sportswriters of all time has to include Bob!
Here’s a snapshot of Bob’s legendary career- he covered 21 NBA Finals, 29 Final Fours and 11 Olympics (six Summer, five Winter); 11 World Series; 11 Super Bowls, five BCS championship games, eight US Open championships, six British Opens, four Ryder Cups, three Masters, two PGAs, the four World Basketball Championships, and trust me, a whole lot more! And, he was the only person to cover the one-and-only Dream Team from the time they began training to the moment they received their gold medal in Barcelona.
And, let’s not forget a Bob Ryan game-article, which prior to the internet and ESPN was a must-read. Bob could describe a basketball game with the same brilliance that Rembrandt could paint a portrait. But as I said, Bob is about so much more; arguably some of his greatest columns were written covering fringe events at the Olympics.
Bob was born in NJ, graduated from BC, and started at the Globe in 1968. He lives in Hingham with Elaine, his wife of 47 years. He has two children and three grandchildren. One of those grandchildren is a 16 year-old with Autism, which makes Bob keenly aware of the issues surrounding Fragile X.