Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, February 22, 2020

An Angell at Spring Training

What I know about spring training I know because of Roger Angell. With conversational elegance and a tireless spirit, he has described this annual baseball ritual as a romantic interlude, more experience than sport, that surely can’t be as romantic as Angell makes it seem.

Angell, a renowned editor and essayist at The New Yorker, has resided, figuratively, since 2014 in Cooperstown, N.Y., at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. No writer may be more deserving.

I’m now working on my sixth decade, and one of my most passionate baseball memories is the dog-eared paperback of an Angell essay collection that sat on my bedside nightstand for much of my youth. Late Innings: A Baseball Companion, published in 1982, is biblical in its importance to my lifelong embrace of the game, an irreplaceable tract of colloquial wit and human observations. People live at the center of every Angell paragraph, people with foibles and talents and stories worth telling. He writes with his eyes more than his hands, a testament to watching and listening and eternal curiosity.

It is now February, with fits of warmth sneaking through, and time to reemphasize this eternal marriage between baseball’s springtime rebirth and Angell’s words.

A consideration as for how spring training has changed and remained the same, through the works of one author.

 

QLE Posted: February 22, 2020 at 12:57 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: roger angell, spring training

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 22, 2020 at 05:04 PM (#5926031)
Arrived today at West Palm Beach, FL for Spring Training. Alas, I’m no longer in the best shape of my life, but will enjoy the warm weather and opportunity to listen for the ‘true voices of baseball’.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
dirk
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogThese 10 legends' careers ended with a reunion
(17 - 6:38am, Apr 08)
Last: Adam Starblind

NewsblogOT – NBA CoronaThread 2020
(1 - 6:10am, Apr 08)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim

NewsblogOT - NBA Thread 2020
(2073 - 6:04am, Apr 08)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim

NewsblogUS-based pro sports leagues monitoring coronavirus outbreak
(4644 - 5:57am, Apr 08)
Last: Ben Broussard Ramjet

NewsblogTodd Helton served 48 hours in jail after DUI guilty plea
(23 - 11:41pm, Apr 07)
Last: Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams)

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-7-2020
(20 - 11:31pm, Apr 07)
Last: Crispix Attacksel Rios

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (April 2020)
(7 - 11:29pm, Apr 07)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogHome Run Derby, Anyone? Eight Ideas to Shorten Extra Innings
(14 - 11:18pm, Apr 07)
Last: John Northey

Sox TherapyThe Perfect Schedule - Games 11-20
(6 - 10:39pm, Apr 07)
Last: Jose Is Absurdly Chatty

NewsblogPosnanski: Baseball 100 Rules
(1263 - 9:55pm, Apr 07)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogAl Kaline, Detroit Tigers legend, dies at age 85
(20 - 9:37pm, Apr 07)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogThis Day in Transaction History: Yankees acquire Bucky Dent
(22 - 9:05pm, Apr 07)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

Hall of Merit2021 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(211 - 8:20pm, Apr 07)
Last: Bleed the Freak

NewsblogCoronavirus: MLB debating playing games at spring training ballparks without fans, per report
(34 - 8:14pm, Apr 07)
Last: Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Fred

NewsblogStudy reveals why the baseballs behaved differently in 2019 MLB postseason
(4 - 2:18pm, Apr 07)
Last: jingoist

Page rendered in 0.2406 seconds
46 querie(s) executed