Roger Angell

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Roger Angell

Biographical Information[edit]

Roger Angell born in 1920 and who was a centenarian when he passed away in 2022, is considered by many to be one of baseball's finest authors. Angell is the son of editor and author, Katharine Sergeant Angell White, and the stepson of author and essayist, E. B. White (co-author of The Elements of Style). Angell's stepfather left a lasting influence upon Roger's writing.

Roger Angell is frequently deemed to be both a prolific and intelligent writer that has crafted some of the baseball literature genre's finest works of prose. He has even been referred to as "the best baseball writer ever!" In addition to writing on baseball, Angell has written short fiction and narrative pieces. He first wrote about baseball in 1962, after receiving an invitation from The New Yorker. He has worked as an editor at the magazine since 1956, although his first published piece was in 1944, and many of his essays about baseball originally were published there. Some have been collected into books over the years.

On December 10, 2013, he was named the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award given annually by the Baseball Writers Association of America to an outstanding baseball writer. As a writer for a magazine and not a newspaper, Angell is not a member of the BBWAA, and in fact was the first non-member to receive the award.


Further Reading[edit]

  • Joe Bonomo: No Place I Would Rather Be: Roger Angell and a Life in Baseball Writing, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2019. ISBN 978-1-4962-1325-9
  • Chris Haft: "Roger Angell, Hall of Fame writer, passes at 101",, May 20, 2022. [1]
  • Mark Singer: "Roger Angell at a Hundred", The New Yorker, September 7, 2020. [2]

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