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Events/Author News


I will be speaking and/or signing books at the following events in 2019:

No events currently scheduled.


--The Deadball Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) has recently published a book of general interest to all baseball fans, particularly those interested in the Deadball Era which ran from 1901-1919. The book entitled The World Series in the Deadball Era (St. Johann Press, 2018) covers each World Series played during that span beginning in 1903 with the Boston Americans opposing the Pittsburgh Pirates. Each World Series is described using excepts from series coverage provided by the newspaper sports journalists and columnists of the day. The colorful text is accompanied by many contemporary photographs, many never-before published. Research and editing for each World Series was provided by members of the Deadball Era Committee. I was privileged to research and compile the material for the 1917 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and New York Giants. The editor-in chief of the book is noted baseball historian Steve Steinberg. The book is available through Amazon or directly from the publisher.

-- On September 11, 2018, I was interviewed about The Chalmers Race by Nathan Bierma for episode #025 of his "Tigers History" podcast. The Detroit Tigers, in particular their star outfielder Ty Cobb, played an important role in the 1910 American League batting race which spawned the Chalmers automobile controversy. A link to the podcast is available on the adjacent "Quick Links."

-- 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.