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Writer Lang dies at 85

Hall of Famer had task of notifying players of their election to Cooperstown.

NEW YORK — Jack Lang, a Hall of Fame baseball writer who for two decades had the pleasant assignment of telling players they’d been elected to Cooperstown, died Thursday. He was 85.

Lang had been ill for an extended period with a variety of ailments. He died at a rehabilitation center in Huntington, said his lawyer, Kevin Brosnahan.

Lang worked in the news business for more than a half-century and honored the reporter’s credo into his final days. This month, before entering the hospital and sensing he did not have long to live, he called a colleague to be sure all the biographical information for his obituary was correct.

“He’s a man that loved baseball to the core of his soul and he was a good friend and objective, as well,” Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver said.

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