Who is Noble…
“There are no drafts. You just have to learn how to say things.” This is the response Marty Noble voiced to a classroom of 20 when asked about his writing process.
Marty Noble, 68, born in the Bronx and a current resident of Clifton, NJ is a professional baseball journalist who began his career back at Waldwick High School writing for his school newspaper, Echo, as the editor for three consecutive years.
Most notably known for his time at News Day where he worked for over 20 years on the sports beat covering the Mets from in-season games to playoffs and the world series. What made Noble sought after was his drive to find the story no one else had, to cover it fully, and his hatred of being wrong, therefore he had to be right.
While establishing his career at News Day, Noble was given journalistic freedom, and his hard work and driven personality were rewarded for strong writing and perseverance. Specifically, the 51-day Major League Baseball strike in 1981 where Noble covered the situation every single day. For over 7 weeks he dedicated his life day-in and day-out to reporting and writing about the strike.
One of Marty’s wildest ventures was, “In 1981, Yankees v. Dodgers in the World Series, I had to take an 8:00am flight to Los Angeles with a buddy, we hit traffic and made it to the airport nine minutes before our flight was taking off. We frantically demanded they hold the flight, we had to be on it, we had to cover the game, and so the attendant said just one minute, made a phone call, we got on the flight and our luggage was the first to come off the plane too.”
Noble doesn’t just write about baseball, he is truly impassioned by the sport and all it stands for. From the dugouts and the lingo to the press box etiquette and being able to interact with the players, Marty enjoys it all. In fact, even his hero is a professional baseball player, the beloved Mickey Mantle.
In addition to Noble’s career, he also has several passions outside of the sports world. In particular, Marty has a strong love for old rock and roll. You may not have guessed this, but Marty used to have 4,500 LP’s back in the day. Nowadays he keeps a more listenable amount, 1,000 LP’s. From Van Moorison and Barry McGuire to the lovely Norah Jones, Noble has a keen ear for classic tunes.
Marty Noble is an experienced writer who searches for the facts, finds the good story others have overlooked or not searched beyond to find, and establishes trust and forms a relationship with each player to ultimately get a noteworthy story. Marty has attended over 150 games, and the last Met’s baseball game he attended as a professional writer was in 2015.
Experiencing Noble First-Hand
The moment Marty entered the room my attention was directed solely to him. He had a way of commanding respect both based off of his impressive resume and his tall stature. His voice was firm, words articulate, and each comment was said with an informative purpose.
I asked the question, “What are three strengths you feel have made you a good journalist?” He answered with, “I can spell, grammar is a must, and I’m a motivated reporter.”
Later on in the class after countless questions were posed and answered, Marty was questioned on the subject of social media. His remarks to this were both humorous and wise. He despises social media almost as much as he hates talk radio. He said, “If people who exercised their thumbs 24/7 had some education and didn’t just type whatever they thought it could be a great thing.” In addition, I found it peculiarly intriguing that he has stayed true to his flip phone, rather than a phone more updated that gives convinces to journalists such as a Notes app or the internet.
Overall, meeting Marty Noble was informative, enjoyable and educational. He taught me how one should behave in the press box, the love he has for his grandchildren, and informed us that he will never fly again. His sense of humor, passionate spirit and continued interest in sharing with the class of students he was speaking with was greatly appreciated.