Jim Caple, Longtime ESPN and MLB Writer, Died: Cause of Death?

Last Updated on October 3, 2023, 10:25 am

Renowned Sports writer and columnist Jim Caple died after suffering from dementia and ASL.

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Jim Caple (Image via Facebook)

Jim Caple, a renowned name in the sports writer’s community, passed away at 61. He had been struggling with ASL and dementia for some while. His wife shared the news of his passing in a post on social media,

“My person, best friend and husband died on Sunday afternoon,” she continues, “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.”

Who was Jim Caple?

Jim Caple was a well-known baseball writer. He wrote for ESPN for 17 years, from 2001-2017. He was also a prominent writer at MLB. His most recent job was as a reporter for ‘The Athletic’.

During his decorated career, he covered 20 World Series for ESPN, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He had covered 12 Olympics in his career and covered a half-dozen Olympic Games as an ESPN writer.

He was one the most read columnists for ESPN.com’s Page 2, where he wrote about sports in a funny light and poked fun at the Yankees, which later turned into his book ‘The Devil Wears Pinstripes.’ He also co-wrote the book ‘Best Boston Sports Argument’ with fellow writer Steve Buckley. He also authored a novel ‘The Navigator,’ partially based on his father, who was a B-24 navigator in World War II. He incorporated his unique perspective and incredible insights with his ingenious sense of humour and wrote exceptional pieces which amused the reader.

Jim Caple was a talented sports writer and a remarkable human being. He was a loyal friend who embodied loyalty, love and joy. He was kind and had a warm smile and infectious laughter. He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Vicki. He was also an advocate of women’s rights and Olympic sports. He once carried his wife in the World Wife Carrying Championship in Finland. He was a fiercely loyal friend. His friend cherished every moment they spent with him. He would give a shirt off of his back to help others.

What happened to Jim Caple?

He has been struggling with his health for the past few years. He was diagnosed with ASL and dementia. He passed away surrounded by loved ones at 61.


The close-knit sports writer community mourns the loss of its cherished member. They have an outpouring of support for the grieving family. They have offered condolences and showered the family with prayers.

Supports writer Jason Stark wrote,

“Heartbroken over the passing of one of my favourite people in the world, Jim Caple

Jim & I shared a special love of the offbeat side of baseball. And it led us to so many laughs, unforgettable stories and “award-winning” ESPN videos.

Jim was a brilliant, beautiful soul. RIP, pal”

Supports writer Jerry Crasnick wrote on X,

“Devastated beyond words by the loss of my longtimelongtime friend and former ESPN colleague Jim Caple. He was brilliant, creative, thoughtful and kind. We love you, Capes. Rest easy.”

Source: uptospeedjournalism.com

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