RICH WESTCOTT has served on the staffs of various newspapers and magazines in the Philadelphia area during more than 40 years as a writer and editor.
Westcott is the author of 24 books, including one that came out in 2013 called Philadelphia's Top 50 Baseball Players. Another book on great and unmatched pitching performaces is due out in the Spring of 2014.
In recent years, other books authored by Westcott include ShibePark/Connie Mack Stadium, the third edition of Tales from the Phillies Dugout, The Mogul - Eddie Gottlieb, A Philadelphia Sports Legend and Pro Basketball Pioneer, and The Fightiní Phils - Oddities, Insights, and Untold Stories.
Among his other books are The Phillies Encyclopedia, a local best-seller now in its third edition; The Philadelphia Phillies--Past and Present; Back Again--The Story of the 2009 Phillies; Phillies '93-- An Incredible Season; Philadelphiaís Old Ballparks; A Century of Philadelphia Sports; and Veterans Stadium - Field of Memories. Westcott also wrote the widely acclaimed book on the local baseball legend entitled Mickey Vernom -The Gentleman First Baseman. He has authored three books that are collections of interviews and profiles of some 120 former major league baseball players. Other books include Great Home Runs of the 20th Century, Winningest Pitchers - Baseball's 300-Game Winners, and No-Hitters - The 225 Games Between 1893 and 1999.
PSWA president Rich Westcott presents Roy Halladay with his 2009 Cy Young Award.
Rich Westcott, past President of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association presents Jimmy Rollins with his Special Achievement Award at the 2013 Annual Banquet Photo by Julia Wilkenson/PSWA
American League Rookie of the Year Andrew Bailey of the Oakland Athletics is presented with the Native Son Award by Rich at the PSWA 2010 Banquet.
Westcott signed his books at the Mickey Vernon Museum at the Granite Run Mall. Dedications in some of his books were made to his Grand Daughters.