Hall of Fame baseball writer and Philly print fixture Bill Conlin has retired from the Philadelphia Daily News over a soon-to-be-published report over 40-year-old alleged sexual actions with children.
Beerleaguer: Yet another ugly bombshell drops very close to home, first at my alma mater, now an idolized sportswriter and key influence in my own career. Conlin may not have known it, but he was the Phillies' first blogger, laying the foundation for the type of tone, irreverence and engagement, in print, that blogs would adopt for digital years after his first beat with the Philadelphia Bulletin in 1960. His passion for the Phils was infectious and his style was copied repeatedly.
Aside from holding out shaken hope that the facts will prove the allegations false, that no child was hurt in yet another ugly abuse scandal and that his innocence will be revealed, I'll miss his column terribly. Conlin's retirement was confirmed by NBC10 and the 78-year-old 2010 Hall of Fame inductee has already sought legal counsel.
Just moments ago, the Daily News pushed the story live on their Web site. [Link]