Verducci received a Sports Emmy Award for his work as a reporter on MLB Network and TBS in 2012.
In 2009, Verducci co-authored Joe Torre's "The Yankee Years," chronicling Torre's years as Yankees manager from 1996 to 2007. Verducci became the first SI writer to both write a cover story and serve as its subject. His story, "I Was a Toronto Blue Jay" recounted his experiences playing for the Blue Jays over five Spring Training days. Verducci's cover story for SI's 2004 Sportsman of the Year (the Red Sox) was included in The Best American Sports Writing 2005 anthology.
Another compelling and personal story Verducci has written for SI is his 1995 cover story "The Dead End Kids," in which he profiled Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden. Verducci's 1999 cover story about Sandy Koufax, "The Left Arm of God," was another classic, in which he wrote that the pitching legend should not be referred to as a recluse, as "a recluse doesn't touch so many people with lifelong lessons of generosity, humility and the Zen of the curveball."
Verducci has written multiple books, including "Chasing the Dream; My Lifelong Journey to the World Series," Joe Torre's path from growing up in Brooklyn to leading the Yankees to the 1996 World Series, and "Inside Baseball: The Best of Tom Verducci" features 21 of the author's most gripping SI essays.
Before joining SI, Verducci spent 10 years with Newsday as a baseball writer, including a three-year stint as the paper's national baseball columnist. He also spent a year in Cocoa, Fla., as a sports reporter for Florida Today.
Verducci led his high school football team to a state championship, and caught the winning touchdown pass in the title game. He attended Penn State University, where he graduated in 1982 with a B.A. in journalism, and was named the Most Outstanding Journalism Graduate in that class. As a volunteer for the Montgomery Baseball Association youth program, he managed the 10-year-old travel team to the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Region championship and the Cal Ripken Baseball World Series.