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Agee: American writer and critic
Tommy Agee: Baseball
clues: “A Death in the Family” author; Pulitzer
winner James; Ex-Met Tommie; "The Morning Watch"
novelist; Tommie of the Miracle Mets
once a month
mere attempt to examine my own confusion would consume volumes
~ James Agee
Agee (November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955) was a United States
novelist, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and film critic.
In the 1930s and 1940s, he was one of the most influential film
critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A Death in the
Family (1957), won the Pulitzer Prize.
1951, Agee suffered the first in a series of heart attacks, which
ultimately claimed his life four years later, at the age of 45,
while riding in a taxicab in New York City. His considerable if
erratic career as a movie script writer was by then curtailed by
alcoholism, and his contribution to The Night of the Hunter
(1955) remains unclear. During the 1950s he worked on movies with
photographer Helen Levitt.
his life he had modest recognition by the public but since his
death in 1955 his literary reputation has grown enormously. Let
Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941) has been placed among the top
works of literature in the 20th Century by both the New York
Public Library and the NYU School of Journalism selection
Lee Agee (August 9,1942 in Magnolia, Alabama - January 22, 2001
in New York, New York) was a center fielder most noted for making
what were arguably two of the greatest catches in World Series
Agee was the 1966 Rookie of the Year, a two-time All-Star, and a
two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and he was inducted into the
New York Mets Hall of Fame in 2002. His major league career
spanned five teams: Cleveland Indians (1962-64), Chicago White
Sox (1965-67), New York Mets (1968-72), Houston Astros (1973) and
St. Louis Cardinals (1973).
1969 Mets were known as the "Miracle Mets" for their
worst-to-first turnaround in the National League, and Agee's
personal turnaround played a big part. That season, he scored 97
runs and played brilliant defense, leading to a second Gold
Glove. In the 1969 World Series, he was instrumental in the Mets'
victory in Game 3, in which he hit a home run and made two
incredible catches that saved five runs. This game was the
highpoint of his career, though he was productive over the next
two years and stitched together a 20-game hitting streak in 1970.
After retirement, he operated the Outfielder's Lounge near Shea
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