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.
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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).
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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.
Born on September 19, 1920, in New York, New York, United States, Angell died at his home in Manhattan on May 20, 2022, at the age of 101.
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Roger Angell Children: Callie Angell, John Henry Angell, Alice Angell Evangelista
Roger Angell had three children from his two marriages; Callie Angell, John Henry Angell, and Alice Angell Evangelista.
He had Alice and Callie with his first wife Evelyn, and John Henry with Carol.
Callie Angell, who was an authority on the films of Andy Warhol, died by suicide on May 5, 2010, in Manhattan, where she worked as a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art; she was 62.
In a 2014 essay, Angell mentioned her death – “the oceanic force and mystery of that event” – and his struggle to comprehend that “a beautiful daughter of mine, my oldest child, had ended her life.”
Alice Angell lived in Portland, Maine and died from cancer on February 2, 2019, and John Henry Angell lives in Portland, Oregon.