I had the opportunity to talk to him a handful of times and assigned him a story to write for the Jan./Feb. issue of Baseball Digest on Pittsburgh Pirates closer Mark Melancon. After Tom submitted the story, he asked me if I was aware of his relationship with Baseball Digest and I told him I was aware that he wrote for the publication when my father was the editor and that I enjoy hearing stories of how some veteran writers got their beginning with my Dad. Tom went on to tell me he had his first story published in the magazine when he was still in school—"It was in 1969," he said, "and it was on Willie Stargell." Then a couple of weeks ago, he emailed me:
So guess what I came across while rummaging for something entirely different?
What Tom came across was the 1969 Baseball Digest, with Tom Seaver on the cover, that included his first article he had published in the magazine as a 21-year old student. Attached below is the Willie Stargell article Singer wrote.