By Ron Snyder, Jmore
When it comes to sports reporting, there is the perception and there is the reality.
The perception is the image people often see when tuning in to ESPN. It is of a glamorous lifestyle where reporters have up-close views and access to the biggest stars in sports while being paid to attend the Super Bowl, the World Series, March Madness or other high-profile sporting events.
But the reality for most sports reporters is much different. That reality is of scribes sitting in stands on a Friday night during a high school football game. A reporter could also be standing under an umbrella hoping their notes don’t get wet while on the sidelines of a girls’ soccer game on a Tuesday night. Oftentimes, that reporter has to keep their own stats, racing back and forth between the winning and losing teams before dashing to their car to file the story before deadline.
Jeff Seidel had the opportunity to do both kinds of sports journalism and spent four decades writing the first draft of Baltimore sports history, from the Orioles and Ravens, to UMBC and Towson University, to high schools across country.
Seidel was just as grateful to speak to a high school track star as he was interviewing Brooks Robinson or Ray Lewis. With the Ravens set to begin their 26th season and high schools slated to return to fulltime play following the pandemic, Seidel would typically be right there to find the big story.
Unfortunately, Jeff Seidel will not be in the press box, locker room or on the sidelines. The lifelong Pikesville resident passed away last Saturday, Aug. 28, from health complications following a five-year battle with colon cancer. He was 59.
For more on Seidel’s life and legacy, read the full story at Jmore.
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