Los Angeles – In celebration of its sixth anniversary Saturday, the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) is proud to announce the naming of Tom Hoffarth as Honorary Chairman of the organization.
Hoffarth is a sports and media columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News, regularly writing about baseball through the prism of the Dodgers and Angels influences in Southern California. He won an Associated Press column writing award for a piece on the Angels’ 2002 World Series run that involved an “interview” with the Angels Rally Monkey.
Annually since 2007, he has written a review of 30 baseball books during the 30 days of April on his InsideSoCal.com blog, “Farther Off the Wall.”
His prized possessions are six versions of the Jim Bouton “Ball Four” books (all signed by the author), a Vin Scully signed ball that includes the notation “God Bless,” and more than 100 Dodgers-related books on team history and biographies. His favorite baseball movie is “The Natural” (his father, Tom, worked in the movie prop business and has actual copies of the fake “Life” magazine cover featuring Robert Redford that was used in the film).
Hoffarth, who succeeds ESPN.com’s Jim Caple as the organization’s second honorary chairman, will announce the results of each IBWAA election via social media and generally champion the group’s efforts during a one-year term. His successor will be announced July 4, 2016.