On Tuesday, we wrote about Marc Narducci and Ed Barkowitz, who are leaving The Philadelphia Inquirer via buyout.
Another veteran moving on is Frank Fitzpatrick, who made the news official via Facebook:
Golf, grandkids, and travel? I’m only 36 but ready for two of those things right now.
If it feels like you haven’t seen Frank’s byline recently, you’re not imagining things. When the pandemic hit, he shifted to this news+ sports hybrid role, which was different from the years of general assignment sports project/enterprise/feature stuff he was known for.
Recent offerings include quality reads like “Philly referees have dominated NBA officiating for decades. Here’s why,” and “Encounters with sports heroes last forever. Here’s my favorite one with Dick Allen.” He was a four-decade Inquirer veteran and turned in a lot of really interesting stuff over the years.
Congrats to Frank on his retirement.
The older guy on left is retiring after 41 years at the Inquirer … @philafitz was the best at turning Philly sports history into literature, at covering the ‘93 Phillies, at getting up at 3:45 AM to cover Michael Phelps races in Beijing. A Pulitzer finalist. What a run. pic.twitter.com/2vZyQCeZCZ
— Mike Jensen (@jensenoffcampus) June 9, 2021