Whatever Happened To ... ?

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ... ?

July 26, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Vince Bagli retired 13 years ago after spending more than three decades as WBAL television's genial sports anchor. Before that, he had a five-year stint at the old News American.

Now 81, he lives near Finksburg and enjoys an afternoon out with his wife, Jean, at the theater.

Some weeks ago, he saw the play, Doubt, which he called "a fine piece of work" and reminded him of his days growing up in Baltimore's Hamilton neighborhood and of Sister Isabelle at St. Dominic's Parochial School.

"I'm home most of the time, and we do like a day trip - maybe go to Frederick, or Hanover and Gettysburg to the outlets," he said. "Life here is unrushed."

He also plays golf at Wakefield Valley and likes a trip to the movies.

Bagli often visits Baltimore. Once a month, he presides at J. Patrick's Irish Pub in Locust Point, where a gathering of old friends meet for lunch and talk about sports.

"The average age in the place is at least 70 or 75. They are all sports guys, and we have the occasional political speaker," he said.

He likes to stay current by talking with younger members of the sports media.

"I've stayed close to and made friends with young writers. I read their stories, and if they deserve a compliment, I give a compliment. I also like hearing their side of things," he said.

He is happy in retirement. "People say to me, 'Why don't you come back on the air?' No. I think there are a lot of really good young announcers working out there."

But he still likes to visit his old haunts.

"The Orioles and the Ravens have been generous with me and give me a seat in the press box," he said. "It's a 60-mile round trip, and I've made five games this summer.

"The Ravens have done a good job in public relations. It's been a very successful franchise. I'm still very interested in the things I spent a lifetime working with."

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