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Outside The Confines: Roger Angell is turning 100

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One of the greatest baseball writers in history is about to hit a big milestone.

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Roger Angell in 2009
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New Yorker

There are lots of baseball things we could discuss here today, like the fact there are just over two weeks remaining in the regular season, or that Zack Wheeler inexplicably sustained an injury to his pitching hand while putting on his pants. (I wish I was making that up.)

What I’ll lead with today, though, is the recent 100th birthday of Roger Angell.

Roger Angell’s name might not be as immediately recognizable to a younger generation of baseball fans as it is to those who have been around for several decades, but for the uninitiated, Angell is arguably one of the best baseball writers to have ever picked up a pen to muse about the sport we all love.

He has written for The New Yorker almost exclusively for some seventy-plus years, but it is his books about the game, and the experience of being at it during spring training and beyond, that helped romanticize everything about the sport to generations of readers.

If you haven’t picked up The Summer Game or Five Seasons, do yourself a favor and place an order at your local indie book shop immediately so you have something to hold you over this offseason.

On September 19, Angell will turn 100. While he has not contributed to The New Yorker or posted any new baseball writing since 2018, he remains one of the most impactful and thoughtful voices about the sport.

Mark Singer has written an incredible piece about Angell for The New Yorker.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.