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Chronicle’s Bruce Jenkins placed on Career Excellence Award ballot

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Columnist Bruce Jenkins, whose colorful and thoughtful prose has graced The Sporting Green for decades, was among three baseball writers placed on the Career Excellence Award ballot.

Columnist Bruce Jenkins, whose colorful and thoughtful prose has graced The Sporting Green for decades, was among three baseball writers placed on the Career Excellence Award ballot.

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LOS ANGELES — San Francisco Chronicle columnist Bruce Jenkins, whose colorful and thoughtful prose has graced The Sporting Green for decades, was among three baseball writers placed on the Career Excellence Award ballot.

The annual award, voted on by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, honors one scribe every year “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” and is presented during the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Cooperstown. It was first awarded in 1962.

The latest ballot was announced during Tuesday’s annual BBWAA luncheon. Other nominees include John Lowe of Detroit and the late Jerry Fraley of Dallas. Results of the voting will be announced in December.

Jenkins started working at The Chronicle in 1973 and began covering the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics in 1977 including as a beat writer during Oakland’s “Billy Ball” years. He became a columnist in 1989, which allowed him to pen the immensely popular 3-Dot Lounge, which still appears Sundays.

Jenkins covered 27 World Series, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 and 2002 and has authored several books including “Goodbye: In Search of Gordon Jenkins” about the life of his father in the music business.

Tim Kurkjian was elected in last year’s Career Excellence Award voting and will be honored at next week’s Hall of Fame ceremonies.

John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Email: jshea@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @JohnSheaHey





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