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Gammons out of hospital, heads to rehab center

7/18/2006 - MLB

BOSTON -- Longtime ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons was released from a Boston hospital Monday -- nearly three weeks after suffering a brain aneurysm.

Gammons was moved to an undisclosed
rehabilitation center, his wife, Gloria, said in a statement.
Gammons was stricken near his Cape Cod home June 27 and airlifted to
Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

Gloria Gammons said her husband and his doctors are pleased with the progress he's been making.

Gammons, 61, is probably the best-known baseball writer of his generation, first with the Boston Globe, then for Sports Illustrated, before joining ESPN in 1990.

He was honored during the 2005 Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for outstanding baseball writing. He was selected in balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Gammons started his career as a reporter for the Boston Globe in 1969 and wrote a very popular weekly Sunday baseball column for many years. He has also worked for Sports Illustrated covering the National Hockey League, college basketball and Major League Baseball (1976-78, 1986-90).

In 1986, upon his return to Sports Illustrated as a senior writer following a second stay at the Globe, he wrote numerous stories covering some of baseball's most important news events, as well as authoring "Inside Baseball," Sports Illustrated's weekly baseball notebook.

Gammons primarily serves as a studio analyst for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," but he also does regular spots for "SportsCenter," ESPNEWS and ESPN Radio and contributes to ESPN The Magazine. Beginning this season, he became a reporter for ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball." He is also a columnist and writes a popular Weblog for ESPN.com.

Gammons is the author of "Beyond the Sixth Game", a look at free agency.

More recently, Gammons has dabbled in music and next week is
scheduled to release his first CD, "Never Slow Down, Never Grow
Old." The proceeds are designated for the foundation established
by Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, who appears on the album
along with several ballplayers and professional musicians.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.