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Roger Angell, 93, Receives Baseball Hall of Fame Award

Posted By Kotei Kotey On July 28, 2014 @ 4:11 pm In Notebook | No Comments

The game he loves has honored the man many say is its finest chronicler. On July 26, the National Baseball Hall of Fame [1] in Cooperstown, N.Y., presented the J.G. Taylor Spink Award [2] to Roger Angell, for 50 years of writing about the national pastime. In The New Yorker magazine and in a number of books, Angell shared his passion for a sport he calls “the hardest game to play.” [3]

Roger Angell [4]Speaking to the crowd after receiving his award, Angell was grateful:

“My gratitude always goes back to baseball [5] itself, which turned out to be so familiar and so startling, so spacious and exacting,” he said. “So easy-looking and so heartbreakingly difficult that it filled up my notebooks and the seasons in a rush. A pastime, indeed [2].”

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The Spinks Award is generally given to a distinguished writer from the Baseball Writer’s Association of America, made up of those who toil on a daily deadline. Angell is the first recipient who is not a member of the group.

Now 93, Angell is still writing for The New Yorker, where he was fiction editor for many years. In a recent essay, “This Old Man, [7]” he shares the sadness of losing a wife and daughter, and the betrayals of body and mind in old age. But he ends on an upbeat note, asserting that the search for love never ends:

“I believe that everyone in the world wants to be with someone else tonight, together in the dark, with the sweet warmth of a hip or a foot or a bare expanse of shoulder within reach. Those of us who have lost that, whatever our age, never lose the longing: just look at our faces. If it returns, we seize upon it avidly, stunned and altered again.”

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[1] National Baseball Hall of Fame: http://baseballhall.org/museum/experience/history

[2] J.G. Taylor Spink Award: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/jg-taylor-spink-award-winner-roger-angell-covered-baseball-like-no-other?ymd=20140726&content_id=86450714&vkey=news_mlb

[3] the hardest game to play.”: http://nyti.ms/1lHqqyR

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