Late sports scribe Roger Angell’s former NYC co-op asks $3M


An Upper East Side co-op owned by the late Baseball Hall of Fame sportswriter and New Yorker senior editor Roger Angell, who passed away at age 101 in May, is on the market for $3 million.

Angell bought the home, at 1261 Madison Ave., in 1972. That was 28 years after he wrote his first piece for the New Yorker back in 1944 — two years after graduating from Harvard and working as a magazine editor for the Army Air Forces.

Angell followed in his family’s footsteps. His mother, Katharine Sergeant Angell White, was one of the first New Yorker editors hired by Harold Ross in 1925; his stepfather was New Yorker essayist and famed author E.B. White. Angell’s father, meanwhile, a former semi-pro baseball pitcher and World War I veteran, nurtured Angell’s early love of America’s pastime and also became the national chair of the ACLU.

Angell died at the age of 101.
Angell died at the age of 101.
National Baseball Hall of Fame
A virtually staged image of the apartment and its stately touches.
A virtually staged image of the apartment and its stately touches.
Virtual staging by ÒREPN for Corcoran
A view of the open layout.
A view of the open layout.
Virtual staging by ÒREPN for Corcoran
A bedroom.
A bedroom.
Virtual staging by ÒREPN for Corcoran
The home includes space for a plush seating area.
The home includes space for a plush seating area.
Virtual staging by ÒREPN for Corcoran
As it stands, the home maintains lovely touches such as wainscoting and hardwood floors.
As it stands, the home maintains lovely touches such as wainscoting and hardwood floors.
Celeste Godoy for The Corcoran Group

Whatever you might think of baseball, Angell once said the sport’s pace left time for writers to write. He also once wrote: “It is foolish and childish, on the face of it, to affiliate ourselves with anything so insignificant and patently contrived and commercially exploitative as a professional sports team,” reported the New York Times in his obit. “What is left out of this calculation, it seems to me, is the business of caring — caring deeply and passionately, really caring — which is a capacity or an emotion that has almost gone out of our lives.”

The fifth-floor, three-bedroom, three-bathroom unit takes up half a floor in the landmarked, turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building in Carnegie Hill. It was the scene of many literary parties for close to 50 years.

Original details in the apartment include 11-foot beamed ceilings, moldings and wainscoting, two decorative fireplaces and oak hardwood floors. There’s also a 31-foot living room with two windows — one of them arched — overlooking Madison Avenue, an eat-in kitchen, and a corner main bedroom with views of the Brick Church steeple and townhouse gardens.

The seven-story building, which dates to 1901, features a Mansard roof and a two-story limestone base. 

The listing brokers are Corcoran’s Charlotte Van Doren, Rachel White, Kenny Castor and Marina Aronson.



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