Writing

In addition to my ongoing research about the Black Sox Scandal, I also write articles about other aspects of baseball history. Here are some of my recent articles:

Lardner-RingRing Lardner, Baseball’s Comedic Genius

The National Pastime Museum, June 5, 2017
The godfather of baseball humor is Ring Lardner, a literary phenom who continues to make fans laugh more than one hundred years after his first story was published. He was one of America’s greatest humorists and a master of vernacular literature. But his favorite subject was baseball, and he used the game and its many colorful characters to shed light on the absurdity of life in the Major Leagues. Read the full article at The National Pastime Museum.

winter_meetings_cover_510pxBaseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957

Edited by Steve Weingarden and Bill Nowlin (SABR, 2016)
So much of baseball history happened at the Winter Meetings. This new book published by SABR contains stories and highlights about the business of baseball in the early years of the major leagues, from the establishment of two “major leagues” in 1901 through the final year before expansion to the West Coast in 1957. I contributed two articles to this book, covering the 1918 Winter Meetings following the end of World War I and the 1919 Winter Meetings after the conclusion of the fixed World Series. Click a link above to download each article (PDF), or click here to learn more about the book.

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Memories and Dreams (Baseball Hall of Fame), Vol. 38, No. 5, Fall 2016
Today, there are more Major League Baseball awards than ever  — many of them named after celebrated award winners of the past — rewarding modern players for their accomplishments both on and off the field. Major leaguers may receive contract bonuses and shiny Tiffany trophies when they win awards, but more importantly, they earn a permanent place among the game’s storied greats. Click here to download the article (PDF).

elybonesSABR BioProject: Bones Ely

SABR.org, June 20, 2016
Fred “Bones” Ely did not become an everyday starter in the major leagues until he was 30 years old, but then he spent nearly a decade as one of the game’s top defensive shortstops. He gained lasting fame, however, for losing his job with the Pittsburgh Pirates to one of the greatest players in baseball history. Read the full story at the SABR BioProject.

No ‘Solid Front of Silence’: The Forgotten Black Sox Scandal Interviews

jackson-joe-with-furman-bisher-1949SABR Baseball Research Journal, No. 45, Vol. 1, Spring 2016
It’s easy to believe the players who participated in the 1919 World Series had no interest in “talking about the past.” Ever since the Black Sox were banned in 1921, finger-wagging sportswriters have perpetuated the idea that the Chicago players disappeared from the public eye and lived out the rest of their lives with their heads hung in shame. Author Eliot Asinof attributed their reluctance to talk to the stigma that everyone involved — even the innocent players — supposedly felt about the 1919 World Series. But more than 20 White Sox and Cincinnati Reds players spoke on the record about the scandal afterward, in at least 85 separate interviews. Read the full story at SABR.org.


Here are some other articles I’ve written:

In Memoriam: David Vincent, SABR.org (July 3, 2017)
The Tim Murnane All-Star Benefit Game
, The National Pastime Museum (May 29, 2017)
Hugh Fullerton, Baseball’s Carnac the Magnificent, The National Pastime Museum (May 22, 2017)
Take a Seat: The 1908 World Series and the Origin of the BBWAA
, The National Pastime Museum (May 15, 2017)
The “Chicago School” and the Birth of Modern Baseball Writing, The National Pastime Museum (May 8, 2017)
The J.G. Taylor Spink Award
, The National Pastime Museum (May 1, 2017)
Graham McNamee, Baseball’s First Radio Star, The National Pastime Museum (April 24, 2017)
The Ford C. Frick Award, The National Pastime Museum (April 17, 2017)
Greatness With A Catch, Memories and Dreams, Vol. 38, No. 1 (Spring 2016 – PDF)
In Memoriam: Joe Garagiola, SABR.org (March 23, 2016)
The World Series Champs … in Breaking Training, The National Pastime Museum (March 3, 2016)
Seasons Past: 1912, The National Pastime Museum (February 17, 2016)
Closing the Door on Black Sox Reinstatement, The National Pastime Museum (January 4, 2016)
Three More Minor League Home Run Kings, The National Pastime Museum (November 27, 2015)
The Baseball Book That Changed My Life: Eight Men Out, The National Pastime Museum (October 14, 2015)
Mike Hessman and the Evolution of the Minor League Home Run Record, The National Pastime Museum (October 2, 2015)
A Rose by Another Name: Ray Fisher’s Ban From Baseball, The National Pastime Museum (June 11, 2015)
My Dream Game: Perfection in a Pennant Race, The National Pastime Museum (April 16, 2015)
Lefties are Right for Baseball, Memories and Dreams, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Spring 2015 – PDF)
My First Game: Still Searching, The National Pastime Museum (November 3, 2014)
The Final Pitch of the Season: Glory and Goats, The National Pastime Museum (October 18, 2014)
Walking Off To The World Series, The National Pastime Museum (October 17, 2014)
Judge Landis and the Forgotten Chicago Baseball Bombings, The National Pastime Museum (July 10, 2014)
Colliding With History At Home Plate, The National Pastime Museum (June 30, 2014)
Rare footage of 1919 World Series discovered in Canadian archive, SABR.org (May 2, 2014)
Two of a Kind: Babe Ruth’s Record-Setting Yankees DebutMemories and Dreams, Vol. 36, No. 2 (April 2014 – PDF)
Still at the Top of Their GameMemories and Dreams, Vol. 36, No. 1 (February 2014)
My Favorite Player: Cal Ripken Jr., The National Pastime Museum (January 27, 2014)
Baseball’s Other Sad Lexicons, Old Time Family Baseball (January 18, 2014)
‘Spectacular’ SABR Baseball Research Center opens at new San Diego library, SABR.org (September 28, 2013)
Back in Time: A Trip to Historic Warren Ballpark, The National Pastime Museum (April 28, 2013)
Shoeless Joe Jackson: The 50 Best Players Not in the Hall of Fame, Baseball Past and Present (January 2, 2013)
Merv Rettenmund, SABR BioProject (May 1, 2012)
Johnny Oates, SABR BioProject (May 1, 2012)
The Most Painful Braves Gut Punch Losses In October, Seamheads.com (October 11, 2010)