George Vecsey is a semi-retired sports columnist for the New York Times. He has covered seven Summer Olympics, 4 Winter Olympics, and eight World Cups. He is also the author of more than a dozen books and has covered the Pope, coal mining in Appalachia, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Dalai Lama. His brother, Peter Vecsey, is a former NBC and ABC color commentator.
Vecsey was born and raised in Queens, New York. His first job in journalism was with the Associated Press at the age of 16, and he had moved on to the New York Daily News by the time he had graduated high school. Both of his parents were journalists, and his father helped him get his start in journalism.
In 1968, he was hired by New York Times sports editor James Roach to cover the New York Giants. In 1970, New York Times editor Gene Roberts hired him to cover the Appalachia region, which he later called the best job he ever had. He returned to the sports section of the Times in 1980 to write features and columns.
Vecsey has authored multiple books, including “The Coal Miner’s Daughter,” the story of country music star Loretta Lynn and her rise to fame from her humble beginnings in the small coal town of Butcher Hollow, Ky. The autobiography was turned into a motion picture in 1980. He also penned a book called “McGwire and Sosa,” that followed the 1998 home run title chase of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. His book “Stan Musial: An American Life,” described the life of one of baseball’s most forgotten stars in baseball’s golden era.
Vecsey graduated from Hofstra University in 1960. He has three children and lives in Port Washington, New York with his wife, Marianne.