Sunday, March 19, 2017

RIP Jimmy Breslin

RIP Jimmy Breslin

News came today of the passing of legendary columnist, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Jimmy Breslin. While he wasn't a baseball writer per se, he did write a wonderful book "Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?" which recounts the 1962 New York Mets inaugural season.

On the back cover of my copy, it talks about that season, and how the Mets "discovered new and previously unimagined ways of befuddling their opponents, and perfected the art of snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory."

And it does so with Breslin's unique writing style: biting humor, wry observations and human emotions.

Each November 22nd, I post a link on my personal Facebook page to an article Breslin wrote in 1963. It tells the story of a man named Clifton Pollard, who was assigned to dig the grave of President Kennedy. It is a great read.

Rest in Peace, sir. 

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