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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The World Series has framed my life. After 44 straight, I’m sitting this one out.

Since 1975, I’ve covered every World Series game for The Washington Post. My streak will end Tuesday at 252 games. Including travel days, I’ve spent more than a year covering the World Series.

Last month, I decided not to go to this World Series, because I don’t think it’s smart for a 72-year-old man in a pandemic. But I still hated making that call.

NattyBoh Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:29 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: October 20, 2020 at 09:58 AM (#5984006)
What a great story.
   2. The Duke Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:20 AM (#5984014)
Fun story. I’ve always liked Boswell’s writing
   3. mathesond Posted: October 20, 2020 at 10:35 AM (#5984018)
On a somewhat related note, John Lott has his retirement column up at the Athletic. Probably the best writer to cover the Blue Jays over the past 15 years.
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:08 AM (#5984026)
Boswell's first World Series game, in 1975, is closer to the 1930 World Series than it is to today. (Jack Quinn, of the victorious Philadelphia A's, pitched two innings in that series; he was born 137 years ago in a small village that is now part of Slovakia.)
   5. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:15 AM (#5984028)
Boswell is ONLY 72? What a legend. Love seeing him in the newspaper. Peter Schmuck retired at a mere 65 but Boswell is still around.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: October 20, 2020 at 11:51 AM (#5984040)
During the football game yesterday, they mentioned that Minneapolis columnist Sid Hartman died at age 100. His final column ran the same day.
   7. asinwreck Posted: October 20, 2020 at 03:12 PM (#5984069)
Peter Schmuck retired at a mere 65 but Boswell is still around.

Well, sure. He's got a couple decades to catch up with Shirley Povich. I'll have whatever's in the water in the Post's newsroom.
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 20, 2020 at 03:30 PM (#5984074)
Boz may be in his 2nd decade of only working when he wants to, so this decision probably shouldn’t be a surprise. The Nationals arrival, and then their World Series success, gave him a couple of bursts of energy, but he hasn’t been on a regular schedule for some time. Still good at what he does, when he does it.
   9. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 20, 2020 at 03:47 PM (#5984079)
Boswell's "Why Time Begins on Opening Day" is one of the books that got me hooked on the sport as a kid. Between him and Jim Murray, I took it for granted that that's just how adults wrote. Boy, was I wrong.
   10. Snowboy Posted: October 20, 2020 at 03:50 PM (#5984080)
Yeah, good story.
   11. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 20, 2020 at 04:34 PM (#5984086)
I took it for granted that that's just how adults wrote. Boy, was I wrong.

That is the way adults write, but there are very few adults in newsrooms these days.
   12. OsunaSakata Posted: October 21, 2020 at 05:58 PM (#5984381)
Why has Boswell still not won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award?
   13. SoSH U at work Posted: October 21, 2020 at 06:01 PM (#5984383)
Why has Boswell still not won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award?


I just assumed he had. That's stunning.
   14. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 21, 2020 at 08:45 PM (#5984403)
IIRC, Boswell had some episodes early in his career when he said some ‘quotes‘ or info that nobody else seemed to have, and there was some question as to whether he had done more legwork than those relying on post-game locker room media gaggles, or had stretched things a bit. Maybe some colleagues are still upset about that? Otherwise, seems like an unexplainable oversight

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