2011 Alumni Award Winner, Tony Massarotti, A89

Massarotti gives his acceptance speech at the 2011 Alumni Awards

Clockwise from top left: Norma Massarotti, J82; Dr. Elena Massarotti, J80, M84; Tony Massarotti; President Bacow


Tony Massarotti, A89, is a co-host of the Felger and Massarotti afternoon drive talk show from 2–6 p.m. on 98.5 The Sports Hub (CBS) and is a lifelong Bostonian who has been writing and talking about sports in Boston for the last 22 years. A cum laude graduate who double majored in English and classics, Mr. Massarotti began covering sports as a freshman at the Tufts Daily in 1986. Mr. Massarotti served as sports editor of the paper for multiple semesters and, during his time at the school, forged a relationship with longtime Boston sports columnist Tim Horgan, a fellow Tufts graduate who helped facilitate Mr. Massarotti’s employment at the Boston Herald in the fall of 1989. During his time at the Herald, Mr. Massarotti was twice voted by his peers as the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year (2000, 2008) and was named a finalist for the honor on several other occasions. He spent the large majority of his time at the paper as a Red Sox beat writer, baseball columnist, and general columnist before leaving the Herald for the role of columnist at the Boston Globe and Boston.com. He still contributes to both the Globe and Boston.com on a freelance basis. Recently, Mr. Massarotti co-authored his fourth book, Knuckler: My Life with Baseball’s Most Confounding Pitch, the memoir of longtime Red Sox pitcher and knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. His other books include A Tale of Two Cities: The 2004 Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry and the War for the Pennant, with New York Daily News writer John Harper, Dynasty: The Inside Story of How the Red Sox Became a Baseball Powerhouse, and Big Papi, the New York Times best-selling memoir of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. A graduate of Waltham High School and Tufts University, Mr. Massarotti has two sisters who also graduated from Tufts, Elena, J80, M84, and Norma, J82. He currently lives in the Boston area with his wife, Natalie, and their two sons, Alexander and Xavier, each of whom was born during a Red Sox championship season (2004, 2007).

Tufts University Alumni Association Citation

"For the sports fans among us, Tony Massarotti needs no introduction.

"Tony, you are at the top of your profession as a sportswriter; an accomplishment in any city, but especially in what may be the toughest sports city in America. You have appeared in print, online, on radio and TV, and you have written several books, including A Tale of Two Cities: The 2004 Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry and the War for the Pennant and Big Papi. In 2000 and 2008, you were the Massachusetts Winner of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Sportswriter of the Year award.

"You joined the Boston Herald in 1989, and covered the Boston Red Sox for the paper from 1994 through 2008. During this time you often covered the Boston Red Sox for Fox Sports New England, and appeared as a guest on WHDH’s Sports Xtra. You also appeared on Boston’s WEEI sports talk radio program, The Big Show. While with the Herald, you were known for your staunch support of former Red Sox managers Jimy Williams and Grady Little; for your insight into the Theo Epstein resignation in 2005; and for initiating the news about Jon Lester’s cancer. Your association with the Red Sox was intimate and gave you the opportunity to cover the team from a unique point of view.

"In September 2008, you joined the Boston Globe. In addition to writing a regular column for the paper, you are the voice and face of the Globe’s online Boston.com sports feature, which covers all Boston sports. You are frank and do not hesitate to say what you think. But your love for and loyalty to Boston sports comes through loud and clear; and your insight in always interesting.

"You co-host a sports radio talk show, The Sports Hub, on WBZ-FM, with Michael Felger. You also appear on The Toucher and Rich Show as "Naughty" Massarotti.

"Your areas of expertise have been diverse, always centered on providing information about your beloved topics: sports and the players.

"The Tufts University Alumni Association is proud to recognize your achievements in your profession and to present you with our Distinguished Achievement Alumni Award.


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