When one of the Charlies had been thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in a key situation, I questioned Beauchamp about it and quoted him saying, "You can't get thrown out in that situation.''
But the manager had said some additional things, praising the player for his hustle and daring, and I had omitted them from the story. Beauchamp screamed at me for several minutes, and justifiably so.
Mickey Mantle didn't want to talk with me on one of his money-making visits to Charleston many years ago, but otherwise a sportswriter's subjects, particularly in laid-back West Virginia, are invariably gracious.
The presence of sportswriters and media folks was especially welcome when Bob Pruett took over as Marshall football coach in 1996 and I was assigned the Herd beat. Pruett had big things in mind for Marshall football and was eager to spread the word to Charleston and beyond. Whenever one of us arrived at practice in search of material, he hurried over to accommodate us and sometimes invited us into his office.
Likewise, Pawtucket pitcher Dennis "Oil Can'' Boyd was accommodating when I approached him after a Charlies game in 1983 and asked about the derivation of his distinctive nickname. I sat by his locker at Watt Powell Park and listened as he talked and talked. He and I were the last two people to leave the clubhouse that night.
A year earlier, I sat in a Watt Powell dugout and listened as Joe Charboneau, who had been demoted from Cleveland to the Charlies, talked at length about his disagreement with the Indians manager and his image as a colorful character. He had countless stories to tell me and seemed to enjoy doing so.
In his many years as University of Charleston and Marshall basketball coach, Greg White always appreciated a sympathetic ear after a game. Win or lose, he needed to talk. South Charleston football coach John Messinger never tires of chatting about his Black Eagles.
The late Frank Vincent was justly proud of his Charleston High football teams and loved to talk about them. High school coaches are often the same way. Tennis players and golfers, who can be intense and fiery in the heat of a tournament, are generally calm and engaging afterward.
It's human nature that people enjoy talking about things that are important to them. A good sportswriter can appreciate that and make a career of it.
Reach Mike Whiteford at 304-348-7948 or mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.