After 24 years of reporting, SF Giants beat writer still loves the game
Peninsula Press - almost 5 years
Henry Schulman, the Giants beat reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, has been covering baseball since 1988. (Image courtesy of reporting1blog)
Henry Schulman, rookie, waited in the corner of the locker room. It was 1988, his first week as the Oakland Tribune’s new beat writer. Before him stood the San Francisco Giants, in name and reputation. He ran his questions through in his mind, assessing each word, fearful he might prompt negative reaction. But no matter what he did, he seemed to annoy someone.
“I was asking questions the wrong way because I didn’t know how to do it,” he recalled. “I didn’t have any experience, and I was just ticking off ball players right and left.”
As he waited, Giants’ leftfielder Jeffrey Leonard stalked toward him. The six-foot-two, 200-pound Leonard pointed at Schulman. The rookie beat writer’s heart pounded in his chest. Leonard yelled over to catcher Bob Brenly, “Is this the guy?” Brenly turned and stared at Schulman, saying, “Yeah,
Peninsula Press article