Inducted in 2013
John started working atUSA Today in 1991on the
agate desk. He compiled stats and answered the phone calls of the first
generation of Rotisserie geeks.
His clear and unadorned prose was perfect for conveying information and introducing concepts that had perhaps not been introduced popularly before. His discussions of things like theAge 27 performance spikebrought such discussions to the national stage and increased the visibility of the game immensely.
And his handling of theLABR leaguesfor many years promoted scores of fantasy writers, built the business across multiple platforms and created a somewhat stable benchmark during the 90s, leading to the establishment of some of today’s most venerable fantasy names. His bid prices, however, were far more entertaining than they were useful, but no one ever seemed to count on him for prices. It was his words that were valued.
It became widely known that a mention by John in one of hisFantasy Insider columnswas enough to get you onto the map, so writers and industry vendors were constantly jockeying for blurbs in his columns.
John foundedthe first national experts competition (LABR — the League of Alternative Baseball Reality) in 1994 and won four titles.
He now covers the Oregon State Beavers for The Oregonian in Portland.