Advocate Sports Editor Larry Vaught receives Tom Hammond Kentucky Sports Media Award from Bluegrass Sports Commission
Tom Hammond, left, presented Larry Vaught with the Tom Hammond Kentucky Sports Media Award during the Bluegrass Sports Award ceremony at the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel in Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 31, 2013. (Pablo Alcala | Lexington Herald-Leader / February 1, 2013)
The award was presented during the second annual Bluegrass Sports Awards ceremony at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. The evening featured five awards given out as a celebration of Kentucky’s rich sports tradition, highlighting the achievements of those who have made an impact on the lives of Kentuckians.
The event was sponsored by the Bluegrass Sports Commission and Alltech.
Lexington native and NBC broadcaster Tom Hammond presented the award to Vaught.
A 1970 graduate of Danville High School and a 1974 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Vaught began his career working for his late father, Bill, in the sports department at the newspaper in 1975. He became the sports editor in 1996 upon the death of his father. Vaught has served as the president of the Kentucky Sports Writers Association and third vice president of the national Associated Press Sports Editors Association. He is a member of the Danville School’s Athletic Hall of Fame and the 12th Region Hall of Fame and in 2010 was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Vaught is also a seven-time winner of Kentucky’s National Sportswriter of the Year, which is named by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
The Tom Hammond Award was given to legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg.
Recent National College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Host also presented a pair of awards in his name at the event. The Jim Host Sports Business Award went to Keeneland legend Ted Bassett. The Jim Host Youth Sports Award will honor the late Louis Stout.
Former University of Kentucky basketball star Anthony Davis was named the 2013 Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year.