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Roger Angell, Who Wrote About Baseball With Passion, Dies at 101

Like his mom, Mr. Angell grew to become a New Yorker fiction editor, discovering and nurturing writers, together with Ann Beattie, Bobbie Ann Mason and Garrison Keillor. For some time he occupied his mom’s outdated workplace — an expertise, he told an interviewer, that was “the weirdest factor on the earth.” He additionally labored carefully with writers like Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Donald Barthelme, Ruth Jhabvala and V.S. Pritchett.

Mr. Angell was recognized, too, for his annual page-long vacation poem, titled “Greetings, Mates!” The poem, a New Yorker custom, started in 1932 and was initially written by Frank Sullivan. Mr. Angell wrote “Greetings, Mates!” from 1976 till 1998, when it went on hiatus, and restarted it in 2008. Lately, the poem has been written by Ian Frazier.

In his vacation poems, Mr. Angell combined the boldface names, from excessive tradition and low, that had filtered by means of that yr. Here’s a snippet from 1992:

Right here’s the place hearts develop rife or rifer,
Close to Donna Tartt and Michelle Pfeiffer,
With B.B. King and his Lucille,
And Dee Dee Myers and Brian Friel!

A few of his rhymes could possibly be learn mischievously. “Yo! Santa man, seize some sky,” he wrote in 1992, “And drop a sock on Robert Bly.”

“I’m undecided there’s ever been a author so robust, and an editor so vital, all of sudden, at {a magazine} because the days of H.L. Mencken operating The American Mercury,” David Remnick, The New Yorker’s editor, mentioned in an interview for this obituary in 2012. “Roger was a vigorous editor, and an mind with broad tastes.”

Mr. Angell grew to become a baseball author by chance. He was already a fan in 1962 when, he told an interviewer for Salon, he was requested by William Shawn, the journal’s editor, to “go right down to spring coaching and see what you discover.”

It was an auspicious yr to be a younger baseball author: the primary season of the New York Mets. “They had been these terrific losers that New York took to its coronary heart,” Mr. Angell mentioned.

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