Pete Caldera MLB writer Published 8:13 PM EDT Mar 25, 2019 WASHINGTON – Marty Noble began covering a baseball beat at a time that was uniquely suited for someone so passionate about the game and his craft. He could stay in Joe Torre’s office at Shea Stadium, when Torre managed the Mets, talking up to a half-hour before the first pitch. He could remain in the ballpark until long after the final out, carefully and cleverly rewriting his game story for the last editions of The Record, and later for Newsday. “An out-and-out wordsmith,’’ Jack O’Connell said in describing Noble. But such prose came with a price for those on the beat, with pending dinner reservations. “Forty percent of my life was spent waiting for Marty to finish.’’ Noble’s love of baseball and its history, of 1950s music, of uniform numbers, of anniversary dates, of finding a unique angle to a story – many of his singular passions were shared and retold by colleagues and friends in the press box again on Monday. Those reminiscences became things to cling to, after learning that Noble had died suddenly on Sunday morning while on a visit to Florida. He was 70. In… Read full this story
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