Roger Angell, Hall of Fame Writer Born in New York on September 19, 1920, Roger Angell dedicated much of his life to baseball and was therefore inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Roger Angell, who wrote eloquently and insightfully about baseball for more than half a century, died Friday of congestive heart failure, his wife Margaret Moorman told the New York Times. He was 101 years old. Like the great players he extolled, from Willie Mays to Derek Jeter, Angell was truly unique.
In 2014 at age 93, he became the first recipient of what is now known as the BBWAA Professional Excellence Award to never cover an issue or write columns full-time for a newspaper: The honor “for Meritorious Contributions to Baseball Writing” is presented each year during Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y., with winners becoming part of the “Scribes & Mikemen” exhibit in Hall’s library.
Angell possessed amazing mental acuity. At 93, he wrote “This Old Man,” a reflection on life after 90 that was both funny and sobering, sensitive and level-headed. You can also read: MLB Jeremy Giambi dies younger brother of Jason Giambi and member of the Atleticos Moneyball team He won an Essays and Criticism award granted by the American Society of Magazine Editors and became the title of his last book. Rest in peace, Roger Angell! The entire Al Bat staff wishes his family prompt resignation and sends a warm hug.