Richard M. Nixon on the Mets post-game show with Fran Healy (1987)
Jake Arrieta & John Baker
Photos by @amphotography21
Lewiston Daily Sun: Sportswriters are often criticized for taking sports too seriously. Do you agree with that?
Roger Angell: No, I think our trouble is that we don’t take sports seriously enough. I mean, we’re always trying to turn sports into something else—into entertainment, or into another television show.
In sports at its best, there’s something really stirring and moving and different about it. It isn’t entertainment, it has an entirely different meaning. It’s not something you can buy, because you can’t guarantee the result. That’s why there’s boring games—there’s diversity; we don’t know how it’s going to come out.
But a lot of the people involved in sports, certainly some of the owners today, don’t seem to be aware of that. George Steinbrenner wants a guaranteed result of every game that’s played; he wants the Yankees to win. And winning isn’t all there is to it. Winning is nice, but you have to deserve to win, you know?
Read the rest: "Angell on Baseball: Every Day There is Something New" (1982)
Scenes and mementos from Chris Kallmyer’s “Play Catch, All Together”
July 17, 2014
Walker Art Center
Photos and ballplayer sketch by TS Flynn
For more on Chris Kallmyer and his work, visit chriskallmyer.com
Andrew Guinart, Orioles batboy
July 9. 2014
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Photos by Patrick Semansky/AP
Cespedes, Abreu, Ramirez
July 14, 2014
Top photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America
Bottom photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images North America