Mr. Vecsey has been a professional reporter since 1960, covering a variety of topics including, baseball, the Kentucky Derby, country music, coal mining and religion. He began his career with the Newsday, on Long Island and moved to the New York Times in 1968. He was voted the New York State Sportswriter of the Year for six straight years (1985-1991), by the National Association of Sportswriters and Sportscasters. Mr. Vecsey is also an accomplished author who has written or edited many books, whose topics are as varied as his reporting subjects. One of Vecsey’s most successful books was bestseller, “Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner’s Daughter”, which was made into a film in 1980 starring Sissy Spacek. A few examples of his sports-related work are: “Joy in Mudville” (1970), a history of the New York Mets and “Martina,” (1985) the autobiography of Martina Navratilova that was also a best seller. Most recently, Vecsey has written “Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game” (2006), a concise history which reflects upon the most notable events and personalities of the game of Baseball, including Babe Ruth.