Author, sprinter, SABR member Alan Mindell picks up the pace at 72

From Pam Kragen at U-T San Diego on March 17, 2014, on SABR member Alan Mindell:

In Alan Mindell’s new novel “The Closer,” an aging minor league pitcher finally moves up to the majors on the strength of his knuckle ball, a pitch known for its surprise twists and turns.

The 184-page book’s plot mirrors the life of its Solana Beach author, who has found unexpected success in life at the age of 72. Three years ago, Mindell took up sprinting and has since won six gold medals in the San Diego Senior Olympics. Last year, he finished his debut novel, and two publishers asked for the rights. And four months ago, he leapt into the field of motivational speaking, sharing his secrets with other seniors on the topic of “Life begins at 70.”

“What I like to tell people is, ‘Don’t ever give up,’ ” Mindell said. “Good things can and will happen for you if you just keep going.”

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Originally published: March 25, 2014. Last Updated: March 25, 2014.