Bill Conlin: One of Pat Gillick's first personnel moves as Phillies general manager was to remind baseball men who respected and admired the dapper Californian that he was a scout, first and foremost. A great scout with the intuitive gift of recognizing exceptional talent.
Bill Conlin came to Daily News in May 1965 following five years at the Evening Bulletin. Penn State football, boxing and Big 5 beats; Phillies beat writer 1966. Columnist spring 1987. Covered 37 World Series; multiple Orange, Sugar, Rose, Cotton, Fiesta, Gator Bowls; Winter Olympics Calgary, Albertville, Lillehammer, Nagano; Summer Olympics Sydney; 5 Wimbledons, Pan Am Games Indianapolis, Havana; multiple boxing title fights. First place National Best News Story E.P. Dutton Best Sports Stories 1964, 1979, runnerup 1968, 1975, 1977; Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year; multiple Keystone Awards column writing; 2003 N.J. Sportswriters Association Journalistic Excellence Award; author Rutledge Book of Baseball; Batting Cleanup, Bill Conlin.