MEDFORD - Tony Massarotti, a 1989 Tufts graduate who is now a popular Boston sportswriter, author, and radio and TV personality, received the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award (DAA) presented by the Jumbo Athletics Department on Friday, September 28.
Massarotti accepted the honor as part of Tufts Athletics' Annual Awards Ceremony held at Cohen Auditorium. The event kicked off a weekend full of Homecoming activities in Jumbo Athletics.
The DAA was established to recognize extraordinary contributions to sports by individuals with Tufts and/or New England identities. Massarotti joins an outstanding list of DAA recipients. Boston Celtics legend Red Auerbach was the first to receive the honor in 1987. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was the 2003 honoree. Massarotti is the 29th individual to receive the DAA.
In recent years, as the awards night has become more of a celebration of Tufts, the DAA committee has looked for a stronger Tufts connection among potential recipients. Massarotti is among other Jumbos who earned the award such as former president Larry Bacow, master swimming coach Don Megerle, and alumnae filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern.
"We are really excited to be presenting Tony Massarotti our Distinguished achievement Award this Friday," Director of Athletics Bill Gehling said prior to the event. "I have followed Tony's career for many years and have always been impressed by his high-quality work as a successful sportswriter, author and now as a radio and television personality. Tony is incredibly accomplished in his profession and highly regarded by his peers. The fact that he is a fellow Jumbo is icing on the cake."
Massarotti 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). He is a lifelong Bostonian who has been writing and talking about sports in Boston for the last 23 years. A cum laude graduate who double majored in English and classics, Massarotti began covering sports as a freshman at the Tufts Daily in 1986. He 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, 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, 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, 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).