Honoring Roger Angell

11 December 2013 |permalink | email article

His graceful prose has made him baseball’s foremost essayist for more than half a century, and Angell, 93, will be honored at the Hall of Fame next summer as the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award . A senior editor at The New Yorker and the first winner not to be a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which made the announcement of Tuesday. Angell’s elegant style and rich, erudite writing have always set him above the rest. It’s a great day—for me, if not for baseball. He first contributed to The New Yorker in 1944 and became its fiction editor in 1956. He first wrote about baseball in 1962. Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to is to succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. Angell wrote in 1971. “You remain forever young.”

His graceful prose, and baseball’s foremost essayist for more than half a century, will be honored at the Hall of Fame next summer. Angell, 93, a senior writer at The New Yorker and is the first winner not to be a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. “It’s a great day—if not for baseball.” He first contributed to The New Yorker in 1944 and became its fiction editor in 1956. He first wrote about baseball in 1962. “Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; to keep hitting, keep the rally alive. “You remain forever young.”

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