Bill Conlin's Accusers Speak, Call For End Of Statute Of Limitations

Bill Conlin, the former Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter who left his job after being accused of molesting several children in the 1970s, died in January. Today, four of his accusers—Kelly Hasson Blanchet, Karen Healy-Lange, Christine Guisti, and Dale Elsa Norley—have penned a New York Daily News editorial, in… » 2/20/14 11:13am 2/20/14 11:13am

For One Great Ballplayer, Philadelphia Was A Perpetual Traffic Jam

Originally published in January 1970 in Jock magazine. The author, Bill Conlin, died on Thursday. He was 79. Conlin was a legend in his native city who wrote elegantly and hilariously about Philadelphia sports in the days before he allowed himself to become a grouchy old fud. He spent the last decade of his career in… » 1/10/14 5:28pm 1/10/14 5:28pm

Bill Conlin is dead. The former Philadelphia sportswriter passed away this morning at the age of 79. In 2011, Conlin abruptly left his job at the Philadelphia Daily News amid allegations that he had molested several children in the 1970s. [CSN Philly] » 1/09/14 6:30pm 1/09/14 6:30pm

Former Columnist And Accused Child Molester Bill Conlin "Enjoying His…

Bill Conlin's long career as a sports columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News came to a sudden end last December when three women and a man told the Philadelphia Inquirer he had molested them as children. Authorities determined the allegations against him were credible, but that the incidents were beyond the statute… » 8/17/12 1:35pm 8/17/12 1:35pm

The BBWAA's Internal Explanation Of Its Initial Statement About Bill…

We told you yesterday how the Baseball Writers' Association of America had to revise its initial statement about the accusations made against Bill Conlin, after the original one affirmed Conlin's "good standing" as a Baseball Writer and forgot to express any sympathy toward the alleged victims or any sense that the… » 12/22/11 1:05pm 12/22/11 1:05pm

Two More Women Allege Bill Conlin Molested Them Years Ago

There are new stories in today's Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News regarding long-time Daily News columnist Bill Conlin, and, alongside the claims in Tuesday's Inquirer story, they paint a grim picture, if true. » 12/22/11 11:25am 12/22/11 11:25am

The BBWAA Tries Again With A Bill Conlin Statement, This Time…

When the allegations about Bill Conlin came out yesterday, America quickly turned its eyes to the Baseball Writers Association of America. Because we're dumb, you see, and wanted to hear from the secret club of baseball writers who annually send up smoke signals from Cooperstown. The BBWAA also gives a… » 12/21/11 1:35pm 12/21/11 1:35pm

A Guide To The Molestation Allegations Against Bill Conlin

The Philadelphia Inquirer has published its investigation into claims of child sexual abuse against Hall of Fame Daily News columnist Bill Conlin. We teased it earlier, but the details and the number of people willing to go on the record make Nancy Phillips's story a must-read. Here are the essentials. » 12/20/11 5:26pm 12/20/11 5:26pm

Legendary Columnist Bill Conlin Resigns Over Forthcoming Philly Inquirer

The Philadelphia Inquirer's top investigative reporter, Nancy Phillips, has written a story containing what we're told are allegations of child molestation against sportswriter Bill Conlin, a longtime columnist at the rival Daily News. Conlin resigned just moments ago, according to a source at the Daily News. » 12/20/11 1:26pm 12/20/11 1:26pm

Ryan Howard's RBI Total Does Not Make Him The Greatest Baseball Player…

Bill Conlin wrote something dumb today. In other news, the sun rose in the east. But we're not going to go after Bill Conlin, because it's been done. Instead we're going to try and put in the simplest terms possible why he and anyone else rejecting advanced statistics out of hand are being willfully ignorant. » 7/13/11 2:05pm 7/13/11 2:05pm

Presenting The Absolute Worst Hall Of Fame Voter (Update)

In all the foofaraw over the HOF elections, one voter stands above the rest in terms of sheer ineptitude and self-promotion. Let's ridicule them! But first, the runners up: » 1/08/10 2:15am 1/08/10 2:15am

This Is Why Conlin Rules

Even if he hates the pamphleteers: "If the printed page dies, there is no denying that the fatal wounds have been self-inflicted. There was an elitist smugness even in the press boxes of the 1960s, when Howard Cosell was just a radio nobody hustling for interviews in clubhouses filled with sports writers who treated… » 12/10/08 12:15pm 12/10/08 12:15pm

Bill Conlin's Sensitivity Once Again Called Into Question

Bill Conlin, Philadelphia Daily News columnist, surf enthusiast, and, well, Deadspin contributor, has been suspended from his television stint on Philly Comcast's Daily News Live show (pretty much Philly's version of ESPN) pending further review, after he made some comments on air that some viewers found "insensitive." » 6/12/08 10:40am 6/12/08 10:40am

Baseball Season Preview: Philadelphia Phillies


For the third consecutive season, we are proud to introduce the Deadspin Baseball Season Previews. Yes, baseball is awfully close now; it's spring training, after all. » 3/13/08 1:35pm 3/13/08 1:35pm

It's Important That You Know Bill Conlin's Compensation

We had a lot of fun with crotchety old Bill Conlin on Friday, but we had no idea how serious he was about this email business. Apparently, he's been firing off angry emails to random readers for weeks now. » 11/26/07 5:05pm 11/26/07 5:05pm

Bill Conlin Probably Just Shouldn't Use Email At All

At this point, the worst thing a "mainstream" reporter can do is make one of those dumb "I hate bloggers" comments. There's no upside to it; even if they're still an excellent reporter, they come across as crotchety, anachronistic and old. It's not really fair to them — it's not like bloggers are trashed by their… » 11/23/07 3:30pm 11/23/07 3:30pm

Why Your Hometown Columnist Sucks: Bill Conlin

It's not so much that American newspaper editors want to employ mean-spirited sports columnists such as Bill Conlin; we're pretty sure it's the law. How else would one explain it? Every large paper seems to have its resident sports bastard, and Conlin fills that role at the Philadelphia Daily News, providing a steady… » 10/11/05 1:10pm 10/11/05 1:10pm

Donovan McNabb, White Quarterback

We're not Professional Sports Columnists, but we'd have to say, just to keep our noses clean, the last thing we'd mention when discussing Eagles QB Donovan McNabb would be race. We'd mention his hairline, his goatee, even his ridiculous commercials, but race? That's OK, thanks, we'll be over here at the buffet, you… » 9/20/05 3:08pm 9/20/05 3:08pm