Events/Author News


I will be speaking and/​or signing books at the following events in 2016:

No events currently scheduled.


-- Noted author Bill Kashatus is the host of a series of podcasts descriptively entitled "Philadelphia Baseball: Past, Present, & Personal." On the evening of January 18, 2018, I was Bill's guest in order to discuss my full-length biography of former Philadelphia Athletics star Eddie Collins. The podcast is available on You Tube.

-- In August 2017 I was one of four individuals interviewed by host Alex Hastie for a Ohio-themed baseball segment of his podcast "Ohio V. the World." I spoke about the 1919 Black Sox Scandal during that season's World Series won by Ohio's Cincinnati Reds. Other topics were Ohioan Moses Fleetwood Walker who played in Toledo in 1884 as the first African American major league professional baseball player, Ohioan Branch Rickey who broke the long standing color barrier in the American and National Leagues by signing and introducing Jackie Robinson in the 1940s, and Toledo native Fred Merkle whose running error in a key 1908 Giants-Cubs game became infamously known as "Merkle's Boner." The podcast can be accessed by going to the "Quick Links" segment of this website.

-- The Cleveland Indians went on a record setting 22-game winning streak during the latter part off the 2017 American League pennant race. I wrote a blog that was published on the University of Nebraska Press website discussing the streak. A link to the article, entitled "After The Streak," can be found to the right under "Quick Links."

-- During the summer of 2016, the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) published Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox. The editor of the book is Jacob Pomrenke. I served as an associate editor, along with Bill Nowlin and Len Levin.

-- In June 2015 The Chalmers Race was named one of five finalists for the 2015 Ohioana (Library) Book Award in the category of books about Ohio or an Ohioan.

-- In March 2015 The Chalmers Race was named one of three finalists for the 2014 Seymour Medal, awarded annually to the best book about baseball history. The winner of the 2014 award was Andy McCue's biography of Walter O'Malley, Mover and Shaker.

-- In early November 2014, The Chalmers Race was one of twelve books nominated by Spitball Magazine as a finalist for the Casey Award. The award was presented to the author of the best baseball book for the year 2014. In February 2015 when the results were announced, The Chalmers Race was selected as a co-runner-up along with Andy McCue's biography of Walter O'Malley. The winner of the award was Kostya Kennedy's book about Pete Rose.

-- On Thursday, October 9, 2014, I was guest author for an evening at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in New York City. During the event I was interviewed by owner Jay Goldberg concerning The Chalmers Race. A link to the podcast of that interview can be found to the right under "Quick Links."

-- On Saturday, June 28, 2014, I was a guest of Bill Littlefield on his nationally syndicated radio (NPR) show, "Only A Game." The Chalmers Race was the show's featured book. A link to the interview and the show's webpage describing the book can be found to the right under "Quick Links."

-- In 2008, Eddie Collins: A Baseball Biography was selected by SABR's Deadball Committee as a finalist for the Larry Ritter Book Award.

-- In April 2014, Pitching to the Pennant: The 1954 Cleveland Indians was released by the University of Nebraska Press. The book is edited by Joe Wancho. I had the privilege of serving as an associate editor along with Leonard Levin, Bill Nowlin and Steve Johnson.

Selected Works

A baseball story of dubious scorekeeping and statistical systems, of performances and personalities in conflict, of accurate results revealed seventy years too late, and of a contest settled not by play on the field but by human foibles.
The exciting life and times of one of baseball's greatest second basemen while a key member of powerful Philadelphia Athletics and controversial Chicago White Sox teams from 1906-1930 and as an executive with the Boston Red Sox from 1933-1951.
The story of Hall-of-Famer George Sisler, Ty Cobb’s “nearest thing to the perfect ballplayer.”