Dan Shaughnessy, 65, of Groton, Massachusetts, is a columnist for The Boston Globe. Shaughnessy grew up with four older siblings and attended public school for 12 years where played varsity baseball and basketball. He attended the College of the Holy Cross where he was the sports editor of the student paper and graduated with an English degree in 1975.
His experience covering high school sports as a stringer for The Boston Globe during college helped launch his career as a beat reporter covering the Baltimore Orioles for the Baltimore Evening Sun from 1977-1978. He then became the national baseball writer for The Washington Star from 1979 until the newspaper folded in 1981. Since September 1981, Shaughnessy has been a sportswriter for the The Boston Globe covering the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics, as well as a sports columnist.
Shaughnessy has authored or contributed to 12 sports-related books, including one on the historic Yankees–Red Sox rivalry. His book, “The Curse of the Bambino,” details the travails of the Boston Red Sox and their search for a World Series championship after selling Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. He subsequently wrote “Reversing the Curse” after the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series. In 2013, Shaughnessy and Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona released “Francona,” a biography focusing on Francona's years as manager of the Red Sox, and the book immediately became a best-seller. He is also a contributor to ESPN The Magazine and a regular guest on the Sunday night sports show Sports Xtra. Shaughnessy discusses sports and current events on radio shows airing on WTKK, on ESPN's Rome Is Burning and on NESN's SportsPlus and Globe 10.0. On July 9, 2008, he made his debut as a guest host on the ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption. He also has a weekend radio show on WBZ-FM alongside Adam Jones.
Over the course of his career, Shaughnessy has faced criticism for being too negative about the teams he covers.
Shaughnessy has received several accolades for his writing, including winning numerous Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year awards. In 2016, he was honored with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame.
He is married to Marilou Shaughnessy and has two daughters and a son, Sarah, Kate and Sam, and is the uncle of tennis player Meghann Shaughnessy.