The Bookshelf Conversation: Phil Pepe

March 30, 2015,204,203,200_.jpgVeteran sports journalist Phil Pepe wants you to know his newest book is not a memoir.

His philosophy is that most people don’t care about the writer, how he got his job, the day-to-day doings of the craft. I disagree, but that’s just me.

Pepe, who recently turned 80, has been covering baseball since the late 1950s and has witnessed some amazing events over his long career. While he’s written dozens of his own books, he’s also served as coauthor with such personalities as Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Gary Carter, Bob Gibson, Jim Kaat, Buddy Harrelson, Ken Griffey Sr., and Howie Rose, just to name a few. He humbly maintains that readers are more interested in meeting the players at author events than the men and women who actually wrote the stories.

We spoke recently about his latest publication, Yankee Doodles, and the sweet memories writing it brought up for him. Doodles deals with just a handful of the hundreds of players Pepe saw over his career. After the formal interview, we discussed “writer’s remorse,” that feeling once you hand it the manuscript that you should have included one thing or another. I hope he gathers some of those for the sequel.


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