Studs Terkel: 1912–2008

The great Studs Terkel—prolific historian, essayist, broadcaster, and champion of the little guy—died yesterday, a hard blow to American letters, and to the many Americans who'd been touched by his sweet but rumbly voice, both on paper and through the airwaves. Studs was a great baseball fan; he even appeared as a reporter in Eight Men Out. Fitting that his last World Series featured the Phillies, a team even older than Studs himself, and one with a similar working-class pedigree. He'll be missed.
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