She assumed the Blue Jays beat at the Toronto Star in 1979 and covered the team for five seasons. She was among the first female reporters to enter a big league clubhouse.
"The Toronto Blue Jays are saddened to learn of the passing of Alison Gordon, who covered the club for the Toronto Star beginning in 1979," president and CEO Paul Beeston said in a statement. "Allison was a pioneer in journalism opening the door for many to follow, as she was the first female writer to cover Major League Baseball on a full-time basis. On behalf of the Toronto Blue Jays, I extend my sincere condolences to Alison's family and friends."
Gordon also authored five mystery novels featuring a female sports reporter as the protagonist, as well as a nonfiction account of her experience on the Blue Jays beat.
Funeral arrangements for Gordon have not been announced.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.