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:
Copper City Classic, April 6, 2019
You can feel the ghosts more easily in Bisbee, Arizona, than just about anywhere else in America. The presence of the past is evident as soon as you pass through the tunnel carved into the Mule Mountains that takes you back in time to a town hailed as the “queen of the copper mines.” Most of all, you can feel the spirit at Warren Ballpark, Bisbee’s century-old baseball stadium and communal gathering space that has played host to generations of ballplayers from Hall of Famers to high schoolers on its dusty diamond. Read the full article.
SABR.org, June 10, 2018
Chipper Jones was groomed for superstardom, with a cool nickname to match his father’s Hall of Fame idol, Mickey Mantle. The Atlanta Braves selected him as the No. 1 pick in the 1990 amateur draft and over the next two decades, he helped lead the franchise to its greatest heights, winning a World Series in his rookie season, earning the National League’s Most Valuable Player award, and becoming the face of a baseball dynasty. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2018. Read my SABR biography of Chipper Jones at SABR.org.
The National Pastime Museum, April 2, 2018
Fiery Chicago Cubs third baseman Buck Herzog was caught up in controversy during his final days in the major leagues in 1920. After he was implicated in a game-fixing investigation, Herzog felt the wrath of one fed-up fan who delivered some vigilante justice. Read the full article.
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.
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 read each article, or click here to learn more about the book.
Memories and Dreams (Baseball Hall of Fame), Vol. 38, No. 5, Fall 2016
There is no more time-honored tradition among baseball fans than arguing over the most deserving award winners at the end of every season. Baseball’s top awards all have their own histories, too. Click the link above to download the article (PDF).
SABR 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)
April 30, 1922: Charlie Robertson’s perfect game, SABR’s No-Hitters (May 31, 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)
Bones Ely, SABR BioProject (June 11, 2016)
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 15, 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 2, 2014)
The Final Pitch of the Season: Glory and Goats, The National Pastime Museum (October 15, 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 9, 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 Debut, Memories and Dreams, Vol. 36, No. 2 (April 2014 – PDF)
Still at the Top of Their Game, Memories 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)
Shellenback and the Spitter, The National Pastime Museum (December 6, 2013)
‘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)