But the story says Leitch was covering the Cardinals for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1996. Leitch is listed as being 30. So he would have been on the Cardinals beat when he was 20. 20-year olds don't get assigned the Cardinals beat for the Post-Dispatch.
Clarification - Will Leitch has said the Times writer goofed and he was the beat writer for University of Illinois sports at the time when he worked in St. Louis.