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Encyclopedia > Leonard Koppett

Leonard Koppett (born 15 September 1923 in Moscow, died 22 June 2003 in San Francisco) was one of the most prolific and influential sportswriters of the 20th century. September 15 is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years). ... 1923 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Moscow (Russian: Москва́, Moskva, IPA:   listen?) is the capital of Russia, located on the river Moskva. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Sportswriting is a form of journalism who writes and reports on sports topics and events. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the...

Koppett's family moved from Russia to the United States when he was five years old. They lived in The Bronx, New York a block away from Yankee Stadium, sparking his early interest in sports. The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of New York City in the United States. ... Yankee Stadium is the home stadium of the New York Yankees, a major league baseball team. ...

A graduate of Columbia University, he was a reporter and columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Post, The New York Times, the Peninsula Times Tribune, and The Sporting News, and he authored 16 books on sports. He also published many magazine articles. His writings have been noted for their intellectual rigor, social commentary, and wit. Columbia University is a private university in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. ... A reporter is a type of journalist who researches and presents information in certain types of mass media. ... A columnist is a journalist who produces a specific form of writing for publication called a column. Columns appear in newspapers, magazines and the Internet. ... The New York Herald Tribune was a newspaper created in 1922 when the New York Tribune acquired the New York Herald. ... The New York Post masthead The New York Post is one of the oldest (and according to some definitions, the oldest) newspapers still published in the United States. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by publisher Jack Doff, and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper, currently affiliated with the Fox network. ... A collection of magazines A magazine is a periodical publication containing a variety of articles. ... For the medical term see rigor (medicine) Rigour (American English: rigor) has a number of meanings in relation to intellectual life and discourse. ... Social commentary is the act of sharing ones opinion on the nature of a society to another person. ... Look up Wit on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wit is a form of intellectual humour, based on manipulation of concepts; a wit is someone who excels in witty remarks, typically in conversation and spontaneously, since wit carries the connotation of speed of thought. ...

Best known were his works on baseball: Concise History of Major League Baseball (1998, updated through 2004) and The Thinking Fan's Guide to Baseball (originally titled A Thinking Man's Guide to Baseball, 1967, renamed for gender neutrality and updated several times through 2004) are considered definitive works on the game. The former was inspired by Koppett's conversations with contemporary athletes who had little or no knowledge about the history of their game and the great players of decades past, while the latter memorably began with a one-word paragraph — "Fear." — and then explored how the batter's instinctive fear of the thrown pitch is the key point around which most other aspects of baseball play are derived. Picture of Fenway Park. ... Non-sexist language (gender-generic, gender-inclusive, gender-neutral, or sex-neutral language) is language that attempts to refer neither to males nor females when discussing an abstract or hypothetical person whose sex cannot otherwise be determined, as opposed to sexist language, which attempts to refer to males. ...

The Essence of the Game is Deception: Thinking about Basketball took a similar approach to basketball. Basketball is very popular in U.S. colleges. ...

Two weeks prior to his passing, Koppett completed his final book titled "The Rise and Fall of the Press Box" which is part autobiography and part memoir about changes in sports media coverage since World War II when he became a sportswriter.

Koppett received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Curt Gowdy Media Award by the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. The J. G. Taylor Spink Award is the highest award given by the Baseball Writers Association of America to its members. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in North America, the display of baseball-related... 1992 was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Curt Gowdy (born July 31, 1919, in Green River, Wyoming) is a former American sportscaster. ... The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...

External links

  • Memorial column by Maury Allen
  • Eulogies

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Leonard Koppett -- baseball writer extraordinaire (681 words)
Leonard Koppett, a sportswriter and author whose career spanned nearly six decades, and whose unique perspectives on baseball and its history elevated him to guru status among fans and writers, died Sunday in San Francisco.
Koppett's sportswriting career began in New York when Joe DiMaggio was still roaming center field for the Yankees and continued when he moved to Northern California in 1973, becoming the New York Times' first West Coast sports correspondent.
Koppett was born in Russia and moved with his family to New York -- one block from Yankee Stadium -- when he was 5.
Review | The Rise and Fall of the Press Box by Leonard Koppett (566 words)
Koppett, who was named to the writers' wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, was one of the great baseball writers of the postwar generation.
Koppett compared and mooned over those changes, but admitted there was little to be done about them.
Koppett's last book is a fitting memorial to a man who always remembered that he was not the story.
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