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Roger Angell

UPDATE: It seems only fitting that The New Yorker post a piece of  appreciation, and here it is, with”as a holiday bonus…a kind of mini-anthology, a taste of the best of a marvellous writer and man.” * * * The “dean” of baseball writing was named recipient of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor […]

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I did a post about self-published books awhile back, specifically Mike Gallagher’s The Diamond Deception and how I would pass on it. Kudos to Doug Smith at the Towanda News for devoting the time to reading the novel and writing a review. For me, he sums up my thoughts about such projects thusly: Deception’s” devil […]

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Ben McGrath and Roger Angell were guests on a recent New Yorker Out Loud podcast talking about, what else, baseball. The impetus of the discussion was McGrath’s May 6 profile, “Oddball: Is R.A. Dickey too good to be true?” Towards the end of the podcast, they are asked by host Amy Davidson (whose vocal mannerisms […]

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After his interview with the veteran writer, Graham Womack at Baseball: Past and Present wonders if there isn’t some way for the Hall of Fame to recognize Creamer’s his contributions. What a great idea. There are several worthy scribes who didn’t work for newspapers (and therefore don’t qualify for the Spink Award, which “or meritorious […]

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The former perfect game-hurler turns 47 today. Cone teamed up with baseball commentator extraordinaire Roger Angell to produce the cerebral A Pitcher’s Story: Innings with David Cone in 2001.

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Roger Angell has long contributed excellent essays to New Yorker magazine. Now he has company in Ben McGrath (the next generation?), who wrote this piece on spring training and the possible surprise stars f0r 2010 in the April 7 issue. Now you have a chance to ask your questions of these entertaining writers. From the […]

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* The joy of sections

April 6, 2009

One of the major complaints from fans and (especially) non-fans is that the games take too long. Don’t look at it as a lot of down time; instead perceive it as a chance to catch up on your reading. That’s why I love compilations such as those published by The Washington Post‘s Thomas Boswell and […]

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Ordinarily, I wouldn’t go back to a review of The Yankee Years; that so over. But I’ll make an exception for Roger Angell. The veteran sportswriter praises the work of both Torre and Verducci (“Verducci has range and ease; he’s a shortstop on the page.”) In the book, it’s a rush when you reach those […]

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Review: Game Time

January 9, 2009

Baseball GB posted this review of Roger Angell’s 2004 collection. An amazing amount of the book can be read here, thanks to Google Books. Like any master storyteller, Angell’s work translates well to audio. This sample from audio.com comes from The Summer Game, another collection of his essays that appear mostly in The New Yorker […]

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From the July 7 issue of The New Yorker, a piece about a statistical anomaly and the New York Yankees.

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Speaking of oldies, here’s a blast from the past: Roger Angell’s collection of baseball writing, from the POV of Things Above, “Reflections on Christian spirituality and other of life’s important issues”…such as baseball.

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Forget the peanuts and popcorn. One of the nice things about the new season is the chance to read another New Yorker essay by Roger Angell. You can also listen to his comment here: http://downloads.newyorker.com/mp3/comment/080407_comment_baseball.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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