The Sporting News was founded in 1886 3 by Alfred H. Spink , a director of the St. Louis Browns and former writer for the Missouri Republican day-to-day newspaper. A panel of 56 key-league executives voted on the award, which Sporting News has presented since 1936. Several fans once held the newspaper’s baseball awards at equal or higher esteem than these of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America 9 Prior to 2005, the SN Comeback Player Award was usually recognized as the principal award of its form, as MLB did not give such an award until that year. The group was selected by a panel of 29 American League executives prior to the postseason, according to the Sporting News. Nicely, the Sporting News’ choice for Rookie of the Year tends to be relatively predictive of the official vote by the Base Ball Writers Association of America.