Tracy Ringolsby was selected for the Hall of Fame J.G. Taylor Spink award in 2005, and was recognized as a part of the 2006 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Cooperstown. He will be embarking on his 44th season of covering Major League Baseball in 2019.
Ringolsby has focused on the Rockies since 1992, the year before they played their first game, initially as a beat writer for the Rocky Mountain News, and later as an analyst on the Rockies telecasts and a columnist for MLB.com.
Ringolsby helped found Baseball America, and remains a columnist for the publication. He also is an insider on MLB Network and has created a Rockies focused website, InsideTheSeams.com. He worked for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado, until its closure during spring training 2009, spent 2009-2013 as the pre-game/post-game analyst with Fox Sports Rocky Mountain/ROOTSPORTS for Rockies telecasts, and was a columnist for MLB.com for four years, 2014-17.
A former president of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Ringolsby won an Emmy in 2010, 2011 and 2012 for his Beyond the Boxscore segment on the Rockies pre-game show. He was the 2000 recipient of the Shining Star Award for journalistic excellence, presented by the Colorado Press Association, the first sports writer to even be nominated for the award. He was selected Colorado Sports Writer of the Year in 2005 and 2008, and was honored by the Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame for career achievement in 2009. Ringolsby also received an honorary doctorate in letters from the University of Wyoming in the spring of 2009.
A fifth-generation Wyoming native, he has roots to three of the four families that originally settled southeast Wyoming/southwest Nebraska -- the Wilkinson, Tracy and Golden familtes, Ringolsby is a graduate of Cheyenne East High School, and a member of the school's Hall of Fame. He began his writing career as one-man sports staff for the Wyoming State Tribune, the afternoon newspaper in Cheyenne, the day after he turned 17, May 1, 1968.
After two years in college, Ringolsby chose to follow up on the sports writing career he began in Cheyenne during his high school days, and went to work for United Press International. He worked for UPI from June 1971 until February 1977, spending time at the UPI bureaus in Cheyenne, Denver and Kansas City. In addition to his time covering the Rockies, Ringolsby covered Major League Baseball for the Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram (California Angels, March 1977 – July 1980), the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Seattle Mariners, July 1980 – July 1983), the Kansas City Star-Times (Kansas City Royals, August 1983 – February 1986), and the Dallas Morning News (Texas Rangers, March 1986 – 1991).
Ringolsby is a member of the board of directors for the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation. He is a past member of the Society for American Baseball Research from 1979 through 2009. He wrote a syndicated baseball column from 1986–2006 first for Tribune Media Services and then Scripps Houward,, and was a columnist for FoxSports.com from April 2006 until July 2012.
Ringolsby is a member of the board of directors of the Cowboy Joe Club at the University of Wyoming, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Western Stock Show.
Ringolsby and his wife, Jane, live outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming, with their five horses, Donotto, Alpo, Sunny, Valkyra and Simon. His daughter, Laramie, and grandson, Scout, also reside in Cheyenne.