It’s accurate to call Marshall Fogel a collector, but hardly sufficient.
His collection of baseball memorabilia is nothing less than legendary, said to be second only to that of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Nor does the word “collector” come close to covering the bases — pun fully intended — of the many other facets of this modern Renaissance man’s life.
When he isn’t chasing yet another precious baseball artifact, or sharing his extensive expertise on baseballiana, Fogel might be playing cowboy, herding cattle somewhere in Wyoming atop his horse; delving into historical secrets of the Denver Jewish community; slogging, M-16 in hand, through the arduous boot camp of the Israeli army; raising money for Denver charities; perhaps mastering a new flamenco piece on his classical guitar.
He might, occasionally, even revisit his lifelong career as an attorney, taking on a case here and there, or advising state legislators on such topics as post-traumatic stress disorder, police matters or hepatitis C — areas in which his legal knowledge is considerable.
Obviously, a man of many interests.
At 73, he seems fit and energetic, his wit sharp, his conversational skills and range of knowledge vast and eclectic, which is putting it mildly.
Some people think of him as an eccentric, Fogel says, basing that description on the amazing range of his interests, some of which are unusual, and the intellectual depth he applies to those interests.
He’s not sure that he disagrees with them, nor — in the classic style of true eccentrics — does he particularly care.
“You find peace with yourself by looking at life as a ladder,” he says. “The ladder has a lot of steps up and a lot of steps down. So doesn’t it make sense that as long as you’re alive and you have your health and will to learn, that you climb as high as you can on the ladder?”
Fogel, born in Denver, grew up in Park Hill and Hilltop. The father of three spent his youthful years at BMH and Beth Joseph. He is a member of Temple Sinai these days.
Educated at East High, CU and DU, he has always loved the law and has always been a lawyer.