Iconic baseball writer Roger Angell dead at 101 – New York Daily News

Colorful New York baseball writer Roger Angell, who covered balls and strikes with elegance and panache for more than seven decades, has died at 101.

His former publication reported that the veteran scribe died on Friday after spending a lifetime covering the American pastime.

“No one lives forever, but you’d be forgiven for thinking Roger had a good chance,” editor David Remnick wrote in memoir.

Angell, an Upper East Side resident, died of heart failure at his home.

He was credited with having a writing style that showed his appreciation for the game. He began writing about baseball in 1962, which was the Mets’ first major league season.

Despite his sharp style, Angell claimed that he considered himself a journalist and disliked being called Poet Laureate.

The Harvard-educated New York native once said he hated the sentimental baseball movie “Field of Dreams” because he was unaware that the sport was widely played by “thugs and drunks” who abused referees and played near the bars.

Her stepfather was “Charlotte’s Web” author EB White and her mother was writer Katharine Sergeant Angell White. They also wrote for the New Yorker. Her biological father Ernest Angell was president of the ACLU for nearly 20 years.

Angell was a pitcher on his high school team before serving in the Air Force during World War II. He would have preferred martinis to vodka. Angell married three times and fathered three children.

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