Roger Angell was an American essayist known for his writing on sports, especially baseball.
He is widely considered to be among many of the best and talented baseball writers of all time.
Angell was a frequent contributing writer to The New Yorker and was the chief editor of fiction for a number of years.
He wrote a variety of pieces of fiction, non-fiction and critical works, and over the years, he wrote an annual poem about Christmas for The New Yorker.
The first published works by Angell were short fictions and personal narratives. Several of these pieces were collected together in The Stone Arbor and Other Stories (1960) as well as A Day in the Life of Roger Angell (1970).
Angell first made an appearance in The New Yorker with a short story titled “Three Ladies in the morning” in the month of March 1944. Angell continued to contribute to The New Yorker until 2020.
In 1948, Angell was employed and worked for Holiday Magazine, a travel magazine that featured authors.
Angell first wrote a professional piece on baseball in 1962 when William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker, had him go to Florida to write about spring training.
His first two baseball collections were The Summer Game (1972) and Five Seasons: A Baseball Companion (1977).
Angell received a number of awards for his writing, including the George Polk Award for Commentary in 1980, the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement in 2005 along with Umberto Eco, and the inaugural PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing in 2011.
How Did Roger Angell Die? What Happened?
Angell died of congestive heart failure at his home in Manhattan on May 20, 2022.
He was 101 years. He was born on September 19, 1920, in New York, New York, United States.