Dan Shaughnessy

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Dan Shaughnessy
File:Dan shaughnessy.jpg
Born (1953-07-20) July 20, 1953 (age 65)
Groton, Massachusetts
Occupation Sports journalist / columnist / television personality
Notable credit(s) At Fenway: Dispatches from Red Sox Nation
The Curse of the Bambino
Reversing the Curse
Spouse(s) Marilou
Children Sarah, Kate, Sam
Website HoughtonMifflin

Dan Shaughnessy (born July 20, 1953) is an American sports writer.


Shaughnessy was born in Groton, Massachusetts. After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross, he began his career as a beat reporter covering the Baltimore Orioles for the Baltimore Evening Sun in 1977. He has been a sports writer for The Boston Globe for approximately 30 years, starting in September 1981. During that time, he has served as the beat writer for the Boston Celtics and the Boston Red Sox, as well as a sports columnist for the Globe.

Shaughnessy has authored or contributed to several sports-related books, including on the fierce Yankees–Red Sox rivalry. His book, The Curse of the Bambino, details the travails of the Boston Red Sox and their search for a World Series championship after selling Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. He subsequently wrote Reversing the Curse after the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series.

He is a contributor to ESPN The Magazine, and a regular guest on a Sunday night sports show, Sports Xtra.[1] Shaughnessy discusses sports and current events on radio shows airing on WTKK; on ESPN's Rome Is Burning; and on NESN's SportsPlus and Globe 10.0.[2] On July 9, 2008, he made his debut as a guest host on the ESPN show Pardon the Interruption. He has a weekend radio show on WBZ-FM alongside Adam Jones.

Considered by some Red Sox fans (and some players) as being overly negative and critical, he earned the pejorative nickname "Curly-Haired Boyfriend" from former Red Sox player Carl Everett.[3] The Dan Shaughnessy Watch blog[4] dedicated to critiquing his work was launched in 2005.

In the final game of the 2011 season, the Red Sox had a playoff berth on the line in Baltimore. During a rain delay, Shaugnessy declared, "I think the Rays are not going to win tonight. I think the one thing we've eliminated tonight is the Red Sox season is not going to end tonight. They live to play another day." At the time, the Tampa Bay Rays were trailing the New York Yankees 7–0 in the 8th inning, but won 8–7 in 12 innings. The Red Sox were leading the Baltimore Orioles 3–2 but lost 4–3 and were eliminated from the postseason.[5]

In 2013, Shaughnessy and Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona released Francona, a biography focusing on Francona's years as manager of the Red Sox. The book immediately became a best-seller.[6]

On December 8, 2015, Shaughnessy was named the 2016 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually by the Baseball Writers' Association of America "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing". He will be presented with the award during induction weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2016.[7]

2005 Theo Epstein column

In an October 2005 column he revealed information detailing the relationship between Theo Epstein and Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino.[8][9] Shaughnessy and other Globe writers have been accused by writers at the Boston Herald of routinely reporting information leaked from the Red Sox front office (the Red Sox were 17.75 percent owned by The New York Times Company, the Globe's parent company).[10][11] [12] Then–Boston Herald columnist Tony Massarotti accused Red Sox management of smearing Epstein and suggested the Globe's coverage of the negotiations may be conflicted because of the Times ownership in the team.[13] In the weeks leading up to Epstein's decision, Sox owner John Henry himself said the leaks "had to stop".


He is married and has two daughters and a son, Sarah, Kate and Sam.[citation needed] He is the uncle of tennis player Meghann Shaughnessy.[14]



  1. Griffith, Bill (2003-11-09). "'XTRA' POINTS PUSH CH. 7 SHOW AHEAD OF 'SPORTS FINAL'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-07-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "The Globe 10.0 Presented by Verizon to Debut on June 26". BUSINESS WIRE via AEC Newsroom. 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2007-07-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "A Curt response, Inside Track". Boston Herald. February 27, 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Dan Shaughnessy Watch blog
  5. Video on YouTube
  6. Cowles, Gregory. "Print & E-Books". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Dan Shaughnessy wins 2016 Spink Award". baseballhall.org. December 8, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Shaughnessy, Dan (2007-10-30). "Let's iron out some of this dirty laundry". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-04-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Mulvoy, Thomas F. (2007-11-03). "Lucchino vs. Epstein: Media stew boils over". Dorchester Reporter. Retrieved 2007-04-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. http://greaterboston.tv/features/btp_20051104_theo.html
  11. http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/times-sells-remaining-stake-in-fenway-sports-group/. Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Theo Departs and the Blame Game Begins". WGBH. 2005-11-04. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Smear Campaign?". Boston Media Watch. 2005-10-27. Archived from the original on 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2007-04-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Wilstein, Steve (2000-09-02). "Williams survives scare in U.S. Open". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-10-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Bob Ryan
Boston Globe Celtics beat writer
Succeeded by
Bob Ryan