Gerald Marzorati, a former editor of the New York Times Magazine, is an Assistant Managing Editor of the Times
“Early Innings,” by Roger Angell. (The New Yorker, Feb. 24, 1992) (sub. required)
America’s baseball belletrist here writes of how he came to love the game.
“The Silent Season of a Hero,” by Gay Talese. (Esquire, July 1966)
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? The author finds him in retirement, uneasily.
“The Streak of Streaks,” by Stephen Jay Gould. (The New York Review of Books, Aug. 18, 1988)
More DiMaggio, this from the renowned paleontologist and ponderer of evolution—contemplating, here, what it means to have a hot streak (i.e., to cheat death).
“Final Twist of the Drama,” by George Plimpton. (Sports Illustrated, April 22, 1974)
The boyishly witty inventor of field-level participatory journalism here is a careful observer—of everything surrounding Henry Aaron’s home-run that broke Babe Ruth’s lifetime record.
“Coach Fitz’s Management Theory,” by Michael Lewis. (The New York Times Magazine, March 28, 2004)
A piece I coaxed Michael to write—about his high-school baseball coach, and much, much more.