Legendary sportswriter and author, George Vecsey, has covered over 10 Olympic Games, over a dozen Wimbledons and a total of eight World Cups. As if that isn’t impressive enough, like Bill Rhoden, he also spent over 30 years as a sports columnist for The New York Times. The two legends got together to reminisce and talk sports and journalism on the latest edition of Bill Rhoden On Sports.
Vecsey sat down with us and discussed his amazing life as a sportswriter and journalist in general, his family ties to the industry and his thoughts on the current direction of sports coverage. He tells us of his experience covering and writing about Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire as they chased the once-hallowed single season home run record, as well as a story about being chewed out by the great Jackie Robinson.
“I wish I had that pitch back,” Vecsey said referencing his literary work on McGuire and Sosa. “When you go back and look at it, I was making them more of a hero even than they were at the moment, but that was the mood I was in.”
Don’t feel bad, George, that was the mood we were all in.
As for the Jackie Robinson incident?
“He went off [on me], like Jackie Robinson could,” Vecsey recalled.
Vecsey also explained how his family played a huge part in his journalism career, as his father introduced him to the Ebbets Field press box at the tender age of six and his younger brother, Peter Vecsey, went on to become “the first great basketball columnist.”
Listen to our wonderful conversation with George Vecsey about these topics and much more on the latest episode of Bill Rhoden On Sports.
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