Sorry for sending out a big mass email, but there seem to be too many of you fellow SABR members with an interest in the St. Louis Browns, or St. Louis baseball generally.
I’m the author of a new biography: “Wrong Side of the Wall, the Life of Blackie Schwamb, the Greatest Prison Baseball Player of All Time.” Lyons Press. Schwamb was one of baseball’s hottest pitching prospects just after the Second World War. The Browns signed him in 1946 and he went up to the big league team in July of 1948. At the same time he was working his way up through the minors and even after he got into the majors, he was also working for gangsters in Los Angeles. In 1949 he committed a murder, was sentenced to life in prison, and had a remarkable baseball career in San Quentin and Folsom prisons playing against Northern California semi-pro teams that had a number of major and high-level minor league players on them. He was paroled in 1960 and almost made a comeback, becoming a starting pitcher for the Hawaii Islanders, the Triple-A, Pacific Coast League farm club of the then Kansas City As.
If you’re interested in the subject, you can get a better sense of the book by going to my website – link below – where you can read the introductory chapter. (There’s also the first chapter of the first book in a detective series I’m writing – it will come out in June – but that’s a different matter.)
My biography of Schwamb just came out a couple of weeks ago and is slowly but surely making its way into bookstores. At the moment it’s easier to find on Amazon (you can link to the page through my website) or Barnes & Noble dot com or any number of bookstores with an online presence. I’m also just gearing up for a book tour that over the next four or five months will take me to a lot of places around the U.S. for readings and signings and discussions, etc. If you want me to email you with dates and times when I’m going to be anywhere in your vicinity, please email me back and I’ll put you on the list. If any of you are near San Mateo, California on Feb. 27th; Phoenix, Arizona on March 13th; or Los Angeles on March 26th, I’ve got bookstore events there and then.
Once again, sorry for the mass email. If you write back I’ll respond individually, and I hope to meet at least some of you in person over the coming months.