Joe Gilmartin to Receive Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award

PHOENIX – Former Suns beat writer and broadcast analyst Joe Gilmartin, named a recipient of the 2014 Curt Gowdy Media Award in February, will accept the award and be recognized for his contributions to basketball during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events on Thursday night in Springfield, Mass.

A sports columnist for the Phoenix Gazette for more than 30 years, Gilmartin joined the Gazette in 1962 as assistant sports editor before becoming sports editor in 1963 and continuing to write a column until 1996. He was named Arizona Sportswriter of the Year a record 16 times and contributed to the Suns’ website following his tenure with the Gazette. In 1972, Gilmartin was named the first president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association and held the position until 1974. He also authored the book The Little Team that Could…And Darn Near Did about the Suns’ run to the 1976 NBA Finals.

John Andariese, a longtime television and radio analyst for the New York Knicks, will also receive the Curt Gowdy Media Award with Gilmartin.