Celebrating America's National Pastime: Baseball

TUE, MAR 30, 2004 (1:28:38)

ABC Good Morning America’s Charles Gibson moderates this discussion about baseball’s enduring hold on our national imagination with Boston Red Sox CEO and President Larry Lucchino, New Yorker writer Roger Angell, Dan Shaughnessy from The Boston Globe, and NECN Red Sox announcer, Jerry Remy.

+ BIO: Charles Gibson

From February, 1976, to January, 1977, Mr. Gibson was a White House correspondent for ABC News. During this time, he covered Gerald Ford’s 1976 Presidential campaign. Mr. Gibson came to ABC News in May, 1975, from a syndicated news service, Television News, Inc. His first job in broadcasting was Washington producer for RKO Network in 1966. The National Endowment for the Humanities named Mr. Gibson a National Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan in 1973, and he has served as a board member of the Michigan Journalism Fellows since 1988. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he was news director for the University radio station, WPRB-FM. Mr. Gibson was honored with the 1992 John Maclean Fellowship, awarded to Princeton University alumni “who have made a major contribution to American society.” Mr. Gibson, a native of Evanston, Illinois, grew up in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Arlene, a school headmistress, reside in New Jersey. They have two daughters.

+ BIO: Larry Lucchino

Lawrence Lucchino, (born 6 September 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is the current president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, and a member of John W. Henry’s ownership group. Lucchino graduated from Princeton University in 1967 and later attended Yale Law School. At Princeton, Lucchino was on the basketball team with Bill Bradley who later became an NBA star and United States Senator from New Jersey. After law school, Lucchino practiced law with the Washington, D. C. law firm of Williams & Connelly. The founder, famed litigator, Edward Bennett Williams, had ownership interest in both the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Orioles. Lucchino’s law practice at Williams & Connelly included a substantial amount of work for those two sports teams. Through that work he ultimately became president/CEO of the Baltimore Orioles and later, the San Diego Padres. Under his watch, both teams built new stadiums Camden Yards and Petco Park.

+ BIO: Roger Angell

Roger Angell has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1944. He became a fiction editor in 1956 and is now a senior editor and staff writer at the magazine. His first contribution to the magazine was a piece of fiction titled “Three Ladies in the Morning”. While stationed in the Central Pacific during the Second World War, where he was the managing editor of the Air Force enlisted-man’s weekly TIG Brief, he wrote an article for The New Yorker about a bombing mission to Iwo Jima. After his work on Brief, he became a senior editor at Holiday magazine, where he remained from 1947 to 1956. Once on the New Yorker staff, he continued to contribute stories, casuals, and “Notes and Comment” pieces to the magazine, and began reporting on sports. Since 1962, he has written more than a hundred “Sporting Scene” pieces, mostly about baseball. He continues as one of The New Yorker‘s fiction editors, editing the stories of John Updike, William Trevor, and Woody Allen. Angell has won a number of awards for his writing, including a George Polk Award for Commentary. He is a long-time ex-officio member of the council of the Authors Guild.

+ BIO: Dan Shaughnessy

Dan Shaughnessy is a sports columnist and associate at t_he Boston Globe_. He has been named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year 14 times and 12 times has been voted one of America’s top ten sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors. In 2016 Shaughnessy was the recipient of the BBWAA Career Excellence Award for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing,’‘ presented at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Shaughnessy has written thirteen books, including New York Times bestseller Francona, The Curse of the Bambino, and_ Senior Year_. He most recently wrote “Wish It Lasted Forever – Life With The Larry Bird Celtics”, a book about his days covering the 1980s Bird Celtics.

+ BIO: Jerry Remy

Jerry Remy is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who is currently enjoying success in broadcasting, working for the New England Sports Network (NESN). He began as NESN’s Boston Red Sox color analyst in March of 1988, teaming up with veteran play-by-play announcer Ned Martin. He now broadcasts along with play-by-play announcer Don Orsilo. Voted Massachusetts’ favorite TV announcer by Sports Illustrated in 2004, Remy has been honored with 4 Emmy Awards and was named the Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2004. In 1971, Remy was drafted in the 8th round by the California Angels. He played three seasons for the Angels starting in 1975 before being traded to the Boston Red Sox. He played second base for the Red Sox from 1978-1985, when a knee injury forced his retirement during spring training of 1986. Remy had his best year in 1978 when he batted .278, scored 87 runs, stole 30 bases and was selected to the American League All-Star team. He finished his career with a .275 average, 208 stolen bases and a .981 fielding percentage. Bill James in his Historical Abstract rated him as the 100th greatest second baseman of all time, as of 2002.

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