The best baseball writer ever, Roger Angell, turns 100 today:
Above all, Roger Angell is best known as a baseball bard; he was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, in 2014 – along with his friend and source, Joe Torre. He had a long career in the press box. Around the time the Beatles were still playing Cavern Club, Roger traveled to Florida to cover his first spring training session. These days, players and leaders were willing to spend hours explaining the complexities of the game to a sympathetic listener. And that’s what Roger did – in Fenway and Shea, in the Bronx and Chavez Ravine: he listened. And Roger, as complicated as anyone else, created a fan voice, a joyful voice, full of exclamations and wonder. He has always been an ace descriptor who could portray the great Red Sox starter Luis Tiant as “spinning and rotating on the mound like a figure in a Bavarian bell tower.”
The previously linked piece contains links to many classic Angell pieces. His piece on aging brought me to tears. His play about baseball player Steve Blass is considered one of the best articles about baseball ever written.