Reporting career spanned five decades

Updated: February 9, 2005, 6:05 PM ET
Associated Press

HOWELL, N.J. -- James L. Ogle Sr., who wrote two books with Roger Maris during a reporting career that spanned five decades, died at 93.

Ogle died Sunday at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. The funeral home handling his arrangements confirmed his death Monday.

He and Maris collaborated on "Roger Maris at Bat," a homer-by-homer account of the 1961 season in which Maris broke Babe Ruth's record for home runs in a season, and a novel for young readers, "Slugger in Right," based on Maris' life.

Ogle worked as a sports writer for The Star-Ledger of Newark, starting in 1935 with what was then the Morning Ledger. He also was the Yankees writer for The Sporting News.

In 1976, the Yankees hired him to direct the Alumni Association and publish its quarterly newsletter, and run Old Timers Day. He later became president of the minor league Fort Lauderdale Yankees. The New York Yankees presented Ogle with a plaque at the 1999 Old Timers game.

"He would say, 'I wonder if I'm the only guy left who has seen Babe Ruth and Derek Jeter hit home runs," his son, James Ogle Jr., said in Monday's Asbury Park Press.

A longtime resident of Monmouth County and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Ogle lived recently in Howell.

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