The notable baseball writer Jim Caple passed away at the age of 61 and is survived by his wife and family.
His wife announced his sad passing through social media.
Jim Caple graduated from R.A. Long High School in Longview, Washington.
He graduated with a communications degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he reported for and eventually assumed an editorial role at the university’s newspaper, “The Daily.”
Before his 17-year tenure at ESPN and final writing stint with The Athletic, Caple worked with the Intelligencer and Pioneer Press.
Additionally, he had prior experience working with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Jim Caple Wife, Vicki Caple
The senior writer, Jim Caple, was married to his wife, Vicki Caple.
The exact details of how they met and when they tied the knot remain unknown.
Caple’s wife conveyed a heartfelt message, expressing the profound love they shared and the cherished memories they had created together.
Vicki wrote on the Facebook account of her husband, “My person, best friend, and husband died on Sunday afternoon,”
The post continued, “We all love Jim Caple so much, and he loved you. Many great times, laughs, and adventures with all of us with Jim. Go in peace, my love.”
Vicki Schuman, Jim’s wife, shared his adventurous spirit.
Her work in the airline industry allowed them to travel to various destinations, which they took advantage of.
ESPN also fully supported Jim’s wanderlust, like when they sent him and Vicki to Sonkajarvi, Finland, to participate in the World Wife Carrying Championship.
Cause Of Death
Caple’s family, through social media, disclosed that he had been battling ALS and dementia.
Although the exact cause of his passing remains undisclosed, the sports community grieves the departure of a gifted writer and beloved personality.
On Monday afternoon, Christian Caple, Jim Caple’s nephew and a journalist reporting on the UW Huskies for Seattle Sports and the insider website On Montlake, posted a message on social media about his uncle.
Experienced Writer’s Professional Journey
Caple’s career spanned coverage of 20 World Series and six Olympic Games, contributing his insights to ESPN, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.
He also held a columnist role on ESPN’s renowned Page 2 vertical, boasting a roster of diverse writers, including Bill Simmons, David Halberstam, Jason Whitlock, Ralph Wiley, and Hunter S. Thompson.
Caple’s columns on Page 2, where he often teased the New York Yankees, eventually led to the creation of the book “The Devil Wears Pinstripes.”
He authored “The Devil Wears Pinstripes,” a book that, as per Amazon.com, delves into the passionate fandom surrounding the twenty-six-time World Champions of baseball.
Additionally, Caple penned the novel “The Navigator,” drawing inspiration from his father’s World War II experiences.
Moreover, he co-authored “Best Boston Sports Arguments” with Steve Buckley.
His loss is being mourned in the tight-knit sportswriter community.
His former ESPN colleague Jerry Crasnick said, “Jim was a talented writer with a style and a mindset unlike anyone I ever met. He was creative, funny, inventive and passionate about the art of storytelling.”
Many other writers, journalists, and media professionals expressed their tributes to Caple on social media on Monday.