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  • John Wesley Fricks

    Born: February 3, 1971, Atlanta, GA
    Died: Still Alive

    Ty Cobb Historian / Researcher / Advocate;
    Graduated Florida Metropolitan University (Tampa, FL), 2004 (majored in Business Management/Marketing)
    Wesley is arguably the most knowledgeable Ty Cobb authority of his times.

    John Wesley Fricks was born in Atlanta February 3, 1971 and moved to Royston, Georgia in 1974. He grew up on COBB St., one block away from the old COBB home place. Wesley married Sharman Dianne Rogers and they have a son named Tyler. They currently live in Tampa, FL, with their 7 year old son, Tyler. He works for US Foodservice.

    He got involved on the ground floor of the creation of the TY COBB Museum in January 1998. Wesley worked six months with Museum Director and Planning and Development Committee to establish this memorial to baseball’s most celebrated athlete. He was slated to be the Keynote Speaker at the opening ceremonies on July 17th until Phil Neikro’s services was secured. It was the year Neikro was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

    He continued to work with the new Committee established, the TY COBB Advisory Committee, to continue to upgrade and enhance the material inside the Museum. Just last year, the TY COBB Educational Foundation was celebrating fifty years of giving scholarships to needy Georgia students. They were interested in getting a display in our Museum. Wesley was asked to work with a team to provide this outlet for the TCEF to get some exposure. He was asked to write a video script with only three days to get it done. He scored and scored big with his creation of the TCEF DVD video that is a wonderful addition to the Museum.

    Wesley was the keynote speaker at the Museum’s October 2003 unveiling of the TCEF display. He also designed the baseball card that was released on the same day. His contribution to the TY COBB Museum has been tireless and energetic.

    Wesley has been a pillar of strength for TY COBB’s legacy over the last decade, participating in baseball symposiums, television shows, and was even asked by Major League Baseball Productions for an interview at Turner Field in Atlanta to be on Baseball’s All-Century Team video in 1999. He was interviewed again at Turner Field in 2002 for Turner South’s Liars & Legends show that featured TY COBB.

    Wesley has continued to do follow up with people from all over the country who contact the Museum for various purposes. His professionalism and knowledge of Ty Cobb baseball during that era has made a significant impact on what we do here at the Museum.
    Wesley's email address: [email protected]
    Wesley's first article on Ty on Fever
    Wesley's website:
    Wesley's Facebook profile

    Wesley and his beautiful wife, Sharman.--------------------------------------------------------The little boy shown in some of these photos is their son, Tyler.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-24-2012, 05:14 PM.


    • Richard G. Bak

      Born: March 9, 1954, Detroit, MI
      Died: Still Alive

      Detroit book author;
      Richard is one of the leading Ty Cobb historians / researchers / advocates of his times. He has written more than 20 books, including many on baseball, the Civil War and Detroit, as well as on history, sports, travel and business.
      Richard was born and raised in Detroit.
      Graduated Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI),

      Cobb Would Have Caught It: The Golden Age of Baseball in Detroit, 1991
      Ty Cobb: His Tumultuous Life and Times, 1994
      Turkey Stearnes and the Detroit Stars: The Negro Leagues in Detroit, 1919-1933, 1994
      Lou Gehrig: An American Classic, 1995
      Casey Stengel: A Splendid Baseball Life, 1997
      A Place for Summer: A Narrative History of Tiger Stadium, 1998
      The Corner: A Century of Memories at Michigan and Trumbull, 1999
      Detroit: 1900-1930, 1999
      Yankees Baseball: The Golden Age, 1999
      Peach: Ty Cobb In His Time And Ours, 2005
      Boneyards: Detroit Under Ground
      Detroit: A Postcard History
      Detroitland: A Collection of Movers, Shakers, Lost Souls, and History Makers from Detroit's Past
      New York Giants A Basball Album
      The Big Jump: Lindbergh and the Great Atlantic Air Race
      The Corner: A Century of Memories at Michigan and Trumbull (Honoring a Detroit Legend)
      A Distant Thunder: Michigan in the Civil War
      Detroit: Across 3 Centuries
      Henry and Edsel: The Creation of the Ford Empire
      Joe Louis: The Great Black Hope
      Mr. Weightlifting: Norbert Schemansky History's Greatest Olympic & World Champion Heavyweight Lifter
      Smart Contracting: Dollar and Sense Strategies for Hvac/R Contractors
      The CSS Hunley: The Greatest Undersea Adventure of the Civil War
      The Day Lincoln Was Shot: An Illustrated Chronicle
      The Detroit Red Wings: The Illustrated History

      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-08-2013, 12:00 AM.


      • Dr. Charles Comer Alexander, Jr.

        Born: October 24, 1935, Cass County, TX
        Died: Still Alive

        Free-lance author;
        Cass, TX, 4-year old, (Apirl 3, 1940 census)
        Lamar State College of Technology (now Lamar University), B.A., 1958;
        University of Texas (Austin, TX), M.A., 1959, Ph.D., 1962.
        University of Houston, Houston, TX, instructor, 1962- 64, assistant professor of history, 1964-66; University of Georgia (Athens, GA), associate professor of history, 1966-70;
        Ohio University (Athens, OH), professor, 1970-89, distinguished professor of history, 1989-2004, professor emeritus, 2004--. University of Texas, visiting associate professor, 1968- 69.

        Father: Charles Comer Alexander, Sr. (an educator), born Texas, 1904?; Mother: Pauline Alexander, born Texas, 1904?; Wife: JoAnn Erwin, married June 2, 1960; children: Rachel, Camille

        Charles C. Alexander is an author and one of our most respected biographers on baseball and its history. He has spent more than 30 years as a history professor. He has taught university courses on baseball and sports history for over 15 years.

        Alexander has spent more than 40 years as a history professor and has been teaching university courses on baseball and sports history for more than 20 years. He is the author of 11 previous books. Alexander prides himself on being a historian who uses baseball as a backdrop. Since 1995, more than 3,000 Ohio University students have learned about baseball and American history in Alexander's classes, "American Baseball to 1930" and "American Baseball Since 1930."

        Alexander, who came to Ohio University in 1970, has authored several historical baseball books, including biographies on legendary personalities Ty Cobb, John McGraw, Tris Speaker and Rogers Hornsby.

        Tony Burke, an Ohio University alumnus and Fox Sports Net producer who took two of Alexander's classes as an undergraduate, arranged the interview after stumbling upon his notebooks from the courses while moving.

        "I arranged the interview, because the notebooks made me recall how enjoyable and informative his classes were," Burke said. "I can honestly say without a doubt that those were my favorite two classes at Ohio University. The way he relates important events in American history to the development of baseball is amazing."

        Ohio University alumnus and Fox Sports Net personality Dan DeCrow, who narrated the interview, is another former pupil with fond memories of Alexander's baseball classes.

        "Dr. Alexander's classes aren't easy," DeCrow said. "There's a lot of hard work involved, but they are also extremely fun. He's the kind of guy you can listen to for days talking about baseball."

        Alexander partially retired from Ohio University in 1999 and now teaches one quarter per academic year. He is listed in the 2002 "Who's Who in America," the leading biographical reference of the highest achievers and contributors from across the country and around the world.---Athens, Oh, 513-423-2215.
        Contemporay Authors Online: Gale, 2010; Reproduced in Biography Resource Center.
        Charles C. Alexander told CA: "In the first half of my academic career, I wrote about 'traditional' aspects of U.S. history. In the 1980s I turned to writing baseball history, as well as teaching large classes on the subject at Ohio University. I was able to turn my lifelong love of the game into a professional occupation."

        Born October 24, 1935, in Cass County, TX; son of Charles Comer (an educator) and Pauline Alexander; married JoAnn Erwin, June 2, 1960; children: Rachel Camille. Education: Lamar State College of Technology (now Lamar University), B.A., 1958; University of Texas, M.A., 1959, Ph.D., 1962. Politics: Republican. Memberships: Society for American Baseball Research, Southern Historical Association, Ohio Historical Society, Phi Beta Kappa.
        E-mail: [email protected].

        Seymour Medal, Society for American Baseball Research, 2003, for Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era.

        University of Houston, Houston, TX, instructor, 1962- 64, assistant professor of history, 1964-66; University of Georgia, Athens, associate professor of history, 1966-70; Ohio University, Athens, professor, 1970-89, distinguished professor of history, 1989-2004, professor emeritus, 2004--. University of Texas, visiting associate professor, 1968- 69.

        Crusade for Conformity: The Ku Klux Klan in Texas, 1920-30, 1962.
        The Ku Klux Klan in the Southwest, 1965.
        This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury, 1966. (With Loyd S. Swenson and James M. Grimwood)
        Nationalism in American Thought, 1930-1945, (1969)
        Holding the Line: The Eisenhower Era, 1952-1961 (America Since World War II), 1976
        Here the Country Lies: Nationalism and the Arts in Twentieth-Century America, 1980.
        Ty Cobb, 1984
        John McGraw, 1988
        Our Game: An American Baseball History, 1991
        Rogers Hornsby, A Biography, 1995
        Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era, 2002
        Spoke, A Biography of Tris Speaker, 2007
        Turbulent Seasons: Baseball in 1890-1891, 2011

        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-01-2014, 02:49 PM.


        • John Abraham Thorn

          Born: April 17, 1947, Stuttgart, Germany
          Died: Still Alive

          Free-lance baseball author / editor;
          Graduated Beloit College (Beloit, WI), 1968

          From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
          John Thorn (born April 17, 1947) is a noted sports historian.

          Thorn was born in Stuttgart, West Germany, and immigrated to the United States in 1949. He graduated from Beloit College in 1968.

          Thorn is the author and editor of numerous books on baseball, including Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball, Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Football, Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame, The Hidden Game of Baseball, and The Armchair Book of Baseball. He founded Total Sports Publishing and served as its Publisher from 1998-2002.

          Thorn served as the senior creative consultant for the Ken Burns documentary Baseball (documentary).

          In 2004 Thorn discovered documentation that traced the origins of baseball to 1791 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

          His next book, Baseball in the Garden of Eden, will be published with Simon and Schuster in Spring 2008. Thorn writes two columns for the Woodstock Times: "Play's the Thing" (largely sports) and "Wake the Echoes" (arts and letters). He is also a columnist for Voices, the publication of the New York Folklore Society.

          Thorn is also the co-author with Pete Palmer and Bob Carroll of The Hidden Game of Football.

          He is a columnist for four publications and has written essays and op-eds for the Boston Globe, the New York Times, American Heritage, and The Sporting News.

          In June 2006 SABR awarded Thorn its highest award, the Bob Davids Award. The award honors those whose contributions to SABR and baseball reflect the ingenuity, integrity, and self-sacrifice of the founder and past president of SABR, L. Robert "Bob" Davids.

          John resides in Saugerties, New York.
          John's Facebook profile

          authored and/or edited:
          Total Baseball, (one of the editor, various editions.)
          Glory Days : New York Baseball, 1947-1957 (2007)
          The Hidden Game of Baseball: A Revolutionary Approach to Baseball and Its Statistics, 1985 (with Pete Palmer and David Reuther)
          The Hidden Game of Football: The Next Edition, 1988
          A Century of Baseball Lore, 1974
          A History of England, 1961
          A Life in the Shadows: The Sports Photography of Hy Peskin
          Baseball's 10 Greatest Games, 1981
          The Game For All America. The Sporting News St. Louis, Md 1988
          The National Pastime, 1987
          Relief Pitcher: 2
          The Armchair Book of Baseball, 1985
          The Armchair Book of Baseball II, 1987
          The Complete Armchair Book of Baseball: An All-Star Lineup Celebrates America's National Pastime, 1997
          The Pitcher: The Ultimate Compendium of Pitching Lore: Featuring Flakes & Fruitcakes Wildmen & Control Artists, Strategies, Deliveries, Statistics and More, 1987
          The Relief Pitcher: Baseball's New Hero, 1979
          The Whole Baseball Catalogue, 1990
          The Total Braves: The 1995 National League Champions, 1996
          The Total Browns: The Official Encyclopedia of the Cleveland Browns
          The Total Indians: The 1995 American League Champions, 1998

          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-21-2013, 11:40 AM.


          • Gene Patrick Carney---AKA Two-Finger Carney

            Born: May 6, 1946, Pittsburgh, PA
            Died: July 5, 2009, Utica, NY, age 63,---d. had been vacationing in Alaska, with his wife and two friends, when he passed away in his sleep.

            Many who have read Gene's 'Burying the Black Sox' considered him the leading authority of his time on the Black Sox Scandal. Gene was working on a second follow-up book to his Burying the Black Sox when he died.

            B.A. -- University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. Liberal Arts 1965-68.
            M.A. -- Webster University, St. Louis, Mo. Education 1970-73.
            Continuing Education includes a variety of conferences, workshops and courses on topics ranging from Marketing to Traumatic Brain Injury.

            WORK HISTORY:
            High School Teaching, Cleveland, Ohio. (Teacher, Department chair) January,1968 - June, 1974.
            Bergamo East Conference Center, Marcy. Director of Programming (Adult Education) June, 1974 - April, 1976.
            American Red Cross Blood Services, CNY. (Trainer, blood donor recruitment, coordinator of donor center; responsible for marketing.) May, 1976 - June, 1986.
            The Arc, Oneida-Lewis, Program Manager, Employment Services (Job Development, Community Job Placement), Senior Job Coach (Advocacy/Job retention) July, 1986 - April, 2007.

            Baseball author:
            Romancing the Horsehide: Baseball Poems on Players and the Game, 1993
            Burying the Black Sox: How Baseball's Cover-Up of the 1919 World Series Fox Almost Succeeded, 2006
            Editor of Notes from the Shadows of Coopertown, March 1993 - October, 1996 and January, 1998 – present.--- NOTES, Has been online since March 1999 at baseball1.
            Editor of the Year 1994, and Columnist of the Year 1995, by the American Federation of Sports Publications

            Gene lived in Utica, NY, at the time of his death and had been a member of SABR since 1991.
            Married 31 years, two children (29 & 27).

            Gene Carney was a native of Pittsburgh, PA, who had lived in Upstate NY since 1974. He studied at the University of Dayton, Ohio, and obtained a Masters degree from Webster University, MO. He started writing baseball in 1989, and couldn't seem to stop. After six years in high school teaching, ten years with the Red Cross, and over twenty years with the local Arc (Assn for Retarded Citizens), he had recently begun writing, researching and editing full time.

            His writing credits include the books, Romancing the Horsehide: Baseball Poems on Players and the Game (McFarland, 1993) and Burying the Black Sox: How Baseball’s Cover-Up of the 1919 World Series Fix Almost Succeeded (Potomac, 2006). The latter was awarded SABR’s Ritter Award, and was a finalist for the Dave Moore Award as the most important baseball book of 2006. Another collection of poems, A Baseball Family Album, was released in Spring 2008 from Pocol Press.

            Gene had also authored a baseball novella, a full-length play (now a musical), numerous short stories, poems, humor, essays, reviews, and articles. These have appeared in publications as diverse as USA Today’s Baseball Weekly, literary magazines (FAN, Spitball, and Elysian Field Quarterly, 108), academic journals (including the Canadian NINE), and research collections such as The National Pastime and The Baseball Research Journal. The latter are published by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), of which Gene has been a member since 1991.

            Gene wrote and edited Notes from the Shadows of Cooperstown since 1993, on the internet since 1999 (at ). He had presented at numerous SABR regional meetings and national conventions, as well as at other conferences, workshops and symposia across the country.
            Death Tribute article to Gene by his friend, Hall of Fame researcher, Gabe Schechter.
            Thursday, July 9, 2009
            This One Hurt

            There have been a lot of celebrity deaths in the last couple of weeks, but I didn't become overcome by grief until Monday when I heard about the passing of my friend and fellow baseball nut Gene Carney. I last saw him a couple of weeks ago, just before he and his wife joined another couple for a trip to Alaska. He was excited about exploring a place he had never seen before, and the vacation was going splendidly until the morning he did not wake up. As our mutual friend Bill Deane put it, dying in your sleep "is the way to go but, gosh, not at 63 and so full of positive energy."

            If you like baseball, do yourself a favor. Follow this link ( to explore Gene Carney's "Notes From the Shadows of Cooperstown". Originally hand-printed and mailed to subscribers, his column has been on the website for the past dozen years. The site's description will give you an idea of what you'll find there: "'Notes from the Shadows of Cooperstown' is an eclectic and ecumenical publication of anything and everything baseball. 'Notes' is typically a mix of current events and history, facts and fiction, prose and poetry, along with humor of all sorts, reviews of books, films, baseball on TV and radio, and ranges from the Little League field, thru the minors, to the majors. 'Notes' has been written and edited by Two Finger Carney since 1993."

            The nickname is pure Gene, a whimsical comment on his typing style. Spend some time looking through his columns, several hundred of which are archived at the site. You'll learn about baseball, and you'll come to know the man as well: thoughtful, enthusiastic, probing, principled, lighthearted, inventive, and curious about everything.

            Gene brought all of those qualities to the baseball work for which he will be long remembered: his 2006 book Burying the Black Sox: How Baseball's Cover-Up of the 1919 World Series Fix Almost Succeeded. The book deservedly won the 2007 Larry Ritter Award given by SABR's Deadball Era Committee to the year's best book on the Deadball Era. Writing about a subject that has both enchanted and puzzled baseball historians for decades, he synthesized their work and went well beyond anything that had been written before. How? By questioning everything and pursuing every possible angle with tireless tenacity.

            As he followed the various trails leading toward the truth of what really happened so long ago, he shared his findings in his columns. Week by week, he would tell us how his sleuthing was paying off in ways large and small. He would find a source that had been referred to by one of the many previous explorers of this murkiest episode in baseball history, and he would share that discovery. Or he would take a much closer look at a well-worn source and see something in its implications that nobody had thought of before. He picked up scents and followed them doggedly, and whatever he found would bring some enlightening mingled with the necessity of exploring further, pushing on to whatever nuggets of truth might lie ahead.

            It was fascinating to share that trail vicariously with Gene through his columns, and exciting to work alongside him occasionally. You never know where connections are going to be made in the pursuit of history. Around 1985, a friend of a friend was clearing out some storage space and gave me something simply because I was the biggest baseball fan he knew of. It was a binder containing more than 200 pages of handouts from a history course he had taken at the University of Massachusetts--a course on the 1919 Black Sox scandal. Nearly two decades later, I gave the binder to Gene, who was floored by the wealth of newspaper clippings and other material originating from the time of the scandal. It provided numerous leads which he gleefully pursued. He even contacted the professor, though I don't think he learned anything new from him.

            The point of Gene's book--suggested by the subtitle--is that the important thing is not necessarily what happened in the 1919 World Series. The web which ensnared the players was so tangled that it was and still is impossible to know who did what. Only the players really knew, despite what they said in public, and we cannot know. But Gene charted a vast new territory in focusing on the efforts to suppress the truth of what happened. The two men who had the most authority to uncover the truth--White Sox owner Charles Comiskey and American League President Ban Johnson--learned plenty about what had happened, but their self-interest caused them to cover things up. Despite the efforts of some journalists, notably Hugh Fullerton and the staff of a little-known-today magazine called Collyer's Eye (which Gene single-handedly put back on the historical map) to expose the fix, it took until nearly a year later for the scandal to break loose from the cover-up engineered by the powers-that-were.

            Gene meticulously waded through the misdirection and the deceit to piece together a convincing account of how the cover-up reflected the desire to keep baseball's image unsullied. If the truth hurts, suppress it. Baseball's rulers had looked the other way for many years at the rampant gambling in the game by players and fans, and had swept under the carpet many accusations about players throwing games. Finally the scandal broke, and as ugly as it was, the game survived. Gene was particularly struck by the parallel between this long-ago scandal and our current steroids scandal. Once again, the people running the sport/business were undoubtedly aware of what the players were doing and did nothing to stop them--until they were dragged, kicking and screaming and denying, into facing reality and admitting there was a problem all along.

            Burying the Black Sox will likely remain the benchmark book about the Black Sox for many years. However, Gene was not content to sit back and rest on his laurels. Writing about that scandal--like many events a century or more old--is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without a box to give us the whole picture. Gene knew that there were many more pieces of the puzzle to be found, and he dedicated the last few years to tracking as many of those down as possible. He used grants from SABR to travel around the midwest, looking at documents which might shed more light on what happened. Just recently, he was one of the first to dive into recently released documents at the Chicago History Museum. As always, he shared his discoveries with the readers of his column. As always, gaining new ground only spurred him on to further exploration. It is hard to imagine continuing on the trail without his guidance.

            I met Gene in 2002, when I moved back to Cooperstown. We had corresponded for a few years after I discovered his column, where he had reviewed my first two books. He lived in Utica, about 45 minutes from Cooperstown (in "the shadows" as he put it), and traveled here more often as his research intensified. He was the leader, "the heart and soul" (as Bill Deane has said)of SABR's Cooperstown-Utica chapter, lining up speakers, organizing events, and presiding at the regional group meetings held three or four times a year. I had lunch with him often and got to know him pretty well, and in the last few months spent more time than ever talking with him because he was part of a group doing an extensive research project here in the Hall of Fame library.

            Gene was the type of person you hear about at times like this, someone nobody has anything bad to say about. He was a gentleman--and a gentle man. That doesn't mean soft or weak, just gentle. His instincts were kind and generous. In his detective work, he would often run into dead ends and places where the people who were there at the time should have acted differently, or be frustrated by another writer's failure to ask the right questions or pursue a trail that was clear then but which became obscured before the rest of us could venture upon it. Many of us have been known to refer to such people (famous or not) as imbeciles and idiots. I do it. Not Gene. He'd shrug his shoulders and say, "it's too bad _____ didn't ask _____ about it when he had the chance." He was reluctant to criticize or to judge, knowing that there must have been prevailing factors influencing them which we simply cannot know about. He used a lot of deductive reasoning in his book, made inferences about what might have been the case based on what people did or said after the fact, but even in the case of Shoeless Joe Jackson, he would not say authoritatively whether the man engaged in the fix or not. He wouldn't say because he knew the answer lay only in Jackson's heart. Jackson played pretty well. He tried to tell his bosses what was up. He knew what was going on. He tried to give the money back. He got bad advice from people he trusted (such as Comiskey's lawyer). He confessed. Gene stacked up the evidence, for and against, but left judgments up to his readers.

            I've gone on at some length because I'm trying to convey what is best about people like Gene whom I have met through SABR and the realm of baseball historians. In his youth, he studied to be a priest, then wound up devoting his working life instead to social work and helping people in need. Eventually, he turned his lifelong passion for baseball into a hobby (his newsletter/column). Eventually that became a career of sorts, and after he retired two years ago he turned to baseball history full-time. I've heard from a number of people this week who never met him but were touched by his generosity in sharing his knowledge and helping other people with their research. I remember that last year there were similar outpourings after the too-early death of Dick Thompson, another relentless researcher who always found time to encourage others to get everything they could from examining this game they love. I met Dick Thompson once, and after his death I thought "it's my loss that I didn't know him better." So I feel very fortunate that I knew Gene Carney pretty well. We'll all miss his perspectives on baseball past and present, but I'll miss his friendship and his good company even more.
            Posted by Gabriel Schechter at 3:33 AM 1 comments
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            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-21-2013, 11:51 AM.


            • Alvin John Stump---AKA Al Stump

              Born: October 20, 1916, Colorado Springs, CO
              Died: December 14, 1995, Newport Beach, CA, age 79---d. on Thursday, Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, CA of congestive heart failure.

              Free-lance book / magazine author;
              Portland, OR, 3-year old, (January 3, 1920 census)
              Portland, OR, 13-year old, (April 5, 1930 census)
              Graduated University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
              Portland Oregonian, reporter
              WWII war correspondent
              Los Angeles Times, reporter
              Los Angeles Herald Examiner, reporter

              Father: Alvin J., born Utah, 1886?; Mother: Mary E., born Iowa, 1888?; Second Wife: Jolene Mosher

              Al Stump was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was raised in the Pacific Northwest. During World War II, he was a war correspondent, and afterward he worked as a sports writer for national and regional publications, including Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, True Magazine, American Heritage, Los Angeles Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. He wrote—both independently and in collaboration with famous athletes—six books, including Ty Cobb's 'My Life in Baseball', Sam Snead's 'Education of a Golfer', Champions Against Odds, and The Champion Breed.

              In the late 50's, when Ty Cobb was looking around for a writer to help him get his story out there, Stump was a 40-year old up and coming author who had been recommended to him. Ty had always wanted to write his memoirs with Harry Salsinger, the one sports writer most identified with him. But Harry, the sports editor for the Detroit News from 1907 to 1958, died on November 27, 1958. So, Ty had to look around for another writer to collaborate with. Al Stump, fresh from some well-received magazine pieces, seemed like a solid, young up-and-coming candidate to help him get his side of his many controversies out to his baseball public.

              So Ty chose Al, 'largely on the recommendation of New York editor, biographer, and Hollywood screenwriter Gene Fowler". They first met and conceived the project in January, 1960, and the manuscript was completed and at the publisher's office, Doubleday, before Ty died July 17, 1961. The book was reviewed in the New York Times by Jim Brosnan, a Cincinnait Reds' pitcher and author, on September 24, 1961. The book hit book store shelves in September, 1961, only 6 weeks after Ty died. In the language of the book advertisers, 'the book sold like hot cakes'.

              Doubleday had given Cobb the final say over the content, and Stump had always felt it was a self-serving cover-up. The book sold well at first and received some plaudits from sports book reviewers. According to Cobb biographer, Charles Alexander, "Stump mislead readers in implying that he had been Cobb's companion nearly all the time, when in fact he had seen him only a few times during that "wild" ten-month period." It appears that Al worked with Ty during parts of March, 1960 at Ty's Atherton, CA home, September, 1960 at Ty Lake Tahoe Lodge, NV, and May, 1961, at Al's Santa Barbara, CA home. Ty and Al split $6,000 from Doubleday.

              Al's article, "Ty Cobb's Wild 10-Month Fight to Live," appeared in 'True, the Man's Magazine', in December, 1961. It came out in 3 installments. It won the Best American Sport Story award of 1962. It was the basis for the 1994 motion picture Cobb, directed by Ron Shelton. Tommy Lee Jones starred as the 72 year-old Ty, riddled with cancer, uncontrolled-diabetes, arteriosclerosis, subject to black-outs, alcoholic, dependent on pain-killers and prescription medications. Many Ty Cobb fans have ripped the second, 1994 book as a hatchet-job and was deplored by some Cobb family members, who were appalled by it and refused to be interviewed by Stump. I have personally found the book both interesting and fair. The movie, which had almost nothing to do with baseball, was not worth the time and was pulled from theaters within its first week. Justifiably, in my opinion.

              Champions Against Odds, 1952
              Ty Cobb: My Life In Baseball, the True Record, 1961
              "Ty Cobb's Wild 10-Month Fight to Live," ('True, the Man's Magazine'), in December, 1961, (3 installments)
              The Education of a Golfer: The Autobiography of Sam Snead, 1962
              The Champion Breed: the True Behind the Scene Struggles of Sports' Greatest Heroes, 1969
              Cobb, A Biography: The Life and Times of the Meanest Man Who Ever Played Baseball, 1994

              Al Stump/Robert Wuhl. Wuhl played Stump in the 1994 film, Cobb.
              Actor Wuhl is best known for his portrayal of Arliss Michaels, a sports agent in the 1996-2002 TV series, Arli$$.

              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-28-2014, 05:31 PM.


              • Steven Philip Gietschier

                Born: July 21, 1948, NYC
                Died: Still Alive

                Public Historian;
                Georgetown University (Washington, DC), (B.S.F.S.)
                Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), (M.A. and Ph.D.)
                Sporting News, Managing editor, research, Sept 1986 — July 2008 (22 years)

                Steve Gietschier has been a SABR member since 1987. He joined the staff of the Sporting News in 1986, as the publication was celebrating its centennial, to take charge of the company's archives. He was the company's first archivist, and he was responsible for the creation of the Sporting News Research Center. Over time, the Research Center became a "go-to" place for baseball researchers, especially those who were unable to visit the Giamatti Research Center at the Hall of Fame.

                He turned a chaotic collection of books, periodicals, photographs, index cards, clippings, and other materials into the Sporting News Research Center, one of the outstanding special libraries specific to sport, especially baseball, in the United States.

                Among his other duties, Steve wrote a book review column for many years, did the annual "Year in Review" essay in the Baseball Guide and edited the last five annual editions of the Complete Baseball Record Book. When the Sporting News moved its editorial offices from St. Louis to Charlotte, North Carolina, in July 2008, the Research Center was dismantled, its holdings boxed up, and its staff discharged.

                Whenever the Sporting News received requests for information, Steve and his staff handled them. Steve sent me many of the Sporting News' sports writers' obituaries that appear all throughout this tribute. So, Steve fights for baseball. At the end of the day, 'Thanks old friend!" Took too long to tell you that, Steve!"

                Steve has lived in Washington, DC, Ohio, South Carolina and St. Louis. His professional identity is public historian. He has worked at the Ohio Historical Society, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and The Sporting News before coming to Lindenwood in 2009. Steve and his wife, Donna have two daughters and two grandsons.

                Interests: sports, music, politics, the arts, fine food.

                Steve is currently the Curator at Lindenwoods Butler Library, as well as Assistant Professor of History. His office is located on the top floor of the Library, next to the Media Room. Steve and Donna recently moved their family there from St. Louis, MO

                --------------------------------------------with his wife, Donna.
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                • Donald Martin Honig

                  Born: August 17, 1931, Maspeth (Queens), NY
                  Died: Still Alive

                  Baseball book author;
                  Queens, NY, 8-year old, (April 8, 1940 census)

                  Father: George, born Austria, 1900?; Mother: Mildred, born New York, 1900?;

                  Mr. Honig has written 39 books on baseball, the last one coming out in 1996. He currently lives in Cromwell, Ct. He is a novelist and historian who mostly writes about baseball.

                  While a member of the Bobo Newsom Memorial Society, an informal group of writers, Honig attempted to get Lawrence Ritter to write a sequel to The Glory of their Times. Ritter balked but gave Honig his blessing. Over the next nineteen years, Honig churned out 39 books about baseball. He wrote The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time with Ritter in 1981. He also published several illustrated histories of long standing franchises. Honig published his most recent baseball book, The Fifth Season, in 2009. His latest work is “The Fifth Season, Tales of My Life in Baseball” an entertaining auto-biography, full of stories about growing up with baseball as a significant part of his life, interviewing baseball legends for his books, and other entertaining tales.

                  Donald Honig is America’s preeminent baseball writer, and perhaps the game’s biggest fan. He fell in love with baseball while growing up in Queens, NY, following his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. As a teenager he even got a shot at pitching in the minor leagues. Later, he was thrilled to find he could merge his natural talent for writing with his passion for America’s game, and has since gone on to author scores of books on baseball history, in addition to several works of fiction.

                  Don lives and writes in Cromwell, Connecticut, near his daughter Cathy and her family.

                  Baseball When the Grass Was Real: Baseball from the Twenties to the Forties, Told by the Men Who Played It, 1975
                  Baseball Between the Lines: Baseball in the Forties and Fifties as Told by the Men Who Played It:, 1976
                  The Man in the Dugout, 1977
                  The October Heroes: Great World Series Games Remembered by the Men Who Played Them, 1979, 1996
                  The Image of Their Greatest, 1981 (with Lawrence Ritter)
                  The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time, 1979 (with Lawrence Ritter)
                  Baseball's 10 Greatest Teams, by Donald Honig, 1982
                  The American League, An Illustrated History, 1983
                  The National League, An Illustrated History, 1983
                  Baseball America: The Heroes of the Game and the Times of Their Glory, 1985
                  The Greatest Pitchers of All Time, 1988
                  The Greatest First Basemen of All Time, 1988
                  The Greatest Catchers of All Time, 1991
                  The Greatest Shortstops of All Time, 1992
                  Baseball: The Illustrated History of America's Game, by Donald Honig, 1990
                  Classic Baseball photographs, (1869-1947), 1999
                  Baseball in the '30's, 1989
                  Baseball in the '50's, 1987
                  Cincinnati Reds: An Illustrated History, by Donald Honig, 1992
                  St. Louis Cardinals: An Illustrated History, by Donald Honig, 1991
                  Philadelphia Phillies: An Illustrated History, by Donald Honig, 1992
                  New York Yankees: An Illustrated History, by Donald Honig, 1981
                  Boston Red Sox: An Illustrated Tribute, by Donald Honig, 1984
                  Chicago Cubs: An Illustrated History, 1991
                  Brooklyn Dodgers: An Illustrated Tribute, 1981
                  The Fifth Season: Tales of My Life in Baseball (autobiography), 2009
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                  • Edgar Poole (Pete) Palmer, Jr.

                    Born: January 30, 1938, Massachusetts
                    Died: Still Alive

                    Father: Edgar P.; Mother: Helen C.;

                    Baseball researcher / statistician / book author;
                    Wellesley, MA, 2-year old, (April 18, 1940 census)

                    Father: Edgar Poole, Sr., born Canada, 1902?; Mother: Helen C., born Massachusetts, 1904?;

                    Along with Bill James, one of the formost baseball statisticians today. They now refer to themselves as sabremetricians.

                    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                    Pete Palmer is an American statistician, and a major contributor to the applied mathematical field referred to as sabermetrics. Along with the Bill James Baseball Abstracts, Palmer's book The Hidden Game of Baseball is often referred to as providing the foundation upon which the field of sabermetrics was built.

                    Palmer began his career as a baseball analyst when he worked for the Raytheon Corporation as a radar systems engineer. At night, after his co-workers had left for the day, Palmer used the company's (at the time) cutting-edge computers to run advanced simulations analyzing historical baseball statistics. In 1982, Palmer gained notoriety when he recognized a scorekeeper's error as he pored over decades-old box scores, discovering that Nap Lajoie's 1910 batting average was several points higher than Ty Cobb's, causing the official Major League Baseball record books to be re-written. Palmer also innovated the Linear Weights method of estimating a player's offensive contributions, an invention that will likely be his lasting legacy.

                    Many of Palmer's early works were written in partnership with John Thorn, including The Hidden Game of Baseball and Total Baseball; the latter book also featured, in later editions, the contributions of editor Michael Gershman. Palmer edited or served as a consultant for many of the sports reference books produced by Total Sports Publishing. Palmer's most recent work has been in collaboration with Gary Gillette. Since 2003, the pair has produced five editions of the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia, and several other baseball annuals.

                    Football work
                    Palmer has also played a significant role in the field of football statistics. In the seventies, he served as editor for several editions of the A.S. Barnes football encyclopedia. In 1973, he joined the stat crew of the New England Patriots, compiling the official statistics for the team's home games. Palmer continued this task through the 2005 season.

                    In 1988, Palmer published The Hidden Game of Football, with co-authors Thorn and Bob Carroll. The book was updated and re-released in 1998, and is still considered the seminal work on football analysis. He was also co-editor (with Gillette, Sean Lahman, et al) of the ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia.

                    The Hidden Game of Baseball, 1985 (with John Thorn and David Reuther)
                    Edited many editions of Total Baseball.
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                    • Martin Eliot Appel---AKA Marty Appel

                      Born: August 7, 1948, Brooklyn, NY
                      Died: Still Alive

                      Baseball book author;
                      Graduated State University of New York (SUNY), with degree in political science (at Oneonta), 1970

                      Marty is a Brooklyn-born Yankee fan, a rare thing in the early 1950's. He began a sports casting and sports writing career in Rockland County, NY, when only 15. After graduating from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a degree in political science, he worked for the Yankees for 9 seasons, becoming Director of Public Relations at the age of 26. He co-wrote Thurman Munson's autobiography, and also served on the staff of Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.

                      Marty Appel is a public relations executive most famous for his work for the New York Yankees and a baseball writer and author. He attended SUNY Oneonta, graduating in 1970 with a degree in political science. He was the editor-in-chief of the State Times, Oneonta's student newspaper, and began his career in baseball while still a student, after writing then-Yankee public relations chief Bob Fishel.

                      Appel started out handling the fan mail for Mickey Mantle and was named PR Director of the Yankees in 1973 -- the youngest in Major League Baseball history. His time with the Yankees saw the sale of the team from CBS to a group headed by George Steinbrenner, an infamous "wife swap" involving pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich, renovations to Yankee Stadium and the team's temporary relocation to Shea Stadium, free agency (most notably the signing of Catfish Hunter), and the "Bronx Zoo" era, with Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson and Billy Martin. During this period, the Yankees captured their first pennant in 12 years, and surpassed the two million mark in attendance for the first time in the American League since 1950.

                      After resigning in 1977 and starting a sports management company with Joe Garagiola Jr., Appel joined World Team Tennis to do PR for the New York Apples, a team featuring Billie Jean King and Vitas Gerulaitis. When the league folded at the end of the season, Appel joined the staff of Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. He also was an Emmy-winning executive producer of Yankee telecasts for WPIX, where he also served as the station's VP for Public Relations, and produced pre-season football for the New York Giants and New York Jets. Appel has also worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and The Topps Company, both in public relations capacities. He currently heads his own firm, Marty Appel Public Relations.

                      Appel has written 16 books, including his memoir, Now Pitching for the Yankees, a biography of King Kelly, and children's biographies of Yogi Berra and Joe DiMaggio. He has collaborated with Eric Gregg, Larry King, Bowie Kuhn, Lee MacPhail, Thurman Munson, and Tom Seaver. He has also written forewords to books and contributed to a variety of publications, including Sports Collectors Digest, Yankees Magazine and Encyclopedia Americana. His Kelly biography, Slide, Kelly, Slide, won the Casey Award in 1996 as best baseball book of the year.

                      He has served a member of the Board of Directors for the Yogi Berra Museum and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Sports Museum and Hall of Fame and is a member of the Advisory Council to the Israel Baseball League. He is also involved with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, serving as Editor-at-Large to their quarterly magazine (Memories and Dreams). For 21 years, he helped write the text that appears on the plaques of the inductees.

                      Appel is frequently interviewed for YES Network, HBO and ESPN Classic programming. He was a consultant for 61*, a Billy Crystal film aired on HBO, and The Bronx is Burning, a movie airing on ESPN, in which he played himself in one scene. He also appeared in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo as a restaurant patron, and as himself in a film about Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball, called Up For Grabs.

                      Appel married Patricia Alkins in 1975 and they were divorced in 1996. They have two children, Brian (Promotion Director for the Boston Phoenix) and Deborah (a music industry executive). Married Lourdes Magbanua, July, 2009.

                      Marty Appel Public Relations
                      100 W 57 St
                      New York NY 10019
                      212 245-1772
                      877 298-1932 fax - NEW
                      Email: [email protected]

                      Baseball's Best: The Hall of Fame Gallery, 1977, 1980 (Marty wrote the text, Burt Goldblatt provided the photos.)
                      Joe DiMaggio, 1990 (juvenile age group)
                      Now Pitching for the Yankees: Spinning the News for Mickey, Reggie and George, 2003
                      Slide, Kelly, Slide: The Wild Life and Times of Mike "King" Kelly, Baseball's First Superstar, 1996
                      The First Book of Baseball, 1988
                      Yogi Berra (juvenile age group)
                      Batting secrets of the major leaguers, 1981
                      Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain, scheduled for release, July, 2009
                      Yesterday's Heroes: Revisiting the Old-time Baseball Stars, 1988
                      162-0: The Greatest Wins, 2010.

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                      • Walter Lloyd Johnson

                        Born: January 23, 1960
                        Died: Still Alive

                        Baseball book author;

                        Lloyd was Senior Research Associate at the National Baseball Hall of fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Following that, he was Executive Director of SABR from 1985-89. He later served as President of SABR, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, which he co-founded in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1990. He is also Chairman of he Negro Leagues Advisory Group to the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee.

                        Lloyd had written numerous articles appearing in SABR publications and elsewhere. Lloyd has appeared on NBC's "This Week in Baseball" and on many radio broadcasts. An expert on 19th Century town ball, he has taught the game to museum personnel for historic recreation of games. He also teaches a course in baseball history at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
                        Lloyd Johnson is a baseball historian, writer and consultant. He is the founder of the baseball information, research and consulting company Double Play. Johnson was formerly Executive Director (1985-1989) and President (1991-1992) of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). He chaired the SABR National Convention in 1996, and the Jerry Malloy Negro Leagues Conference, in Kansas City, in 2001 and 2006. Between stints with SABR Johnson, along with John “Buck” O’Neil and Larry Lester, founded the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and served as its first Director and Executive Director. He also brought the RBI program (Revitalizing Baseball in the Inner City) to Kansas City in 1992. As Senior Research Associate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Library, Johnson helped to found the Leather Stocking Base Ball Club, a town ball team.

                        Johnson edited The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, Third Edition (Baseball America) with Miles Wolff, as well as The Complete Book of the Negro Leagues (Hastings House). Recently published works are The Total Baseball Catalog and Baseball’s Book of Firsts, Fifth Edition. The Encyclopedia… won the prestigious SABRMacmillan Award for best baseball research book, and was also nominated for the Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.

                        Baseball's Book of Firsts, 2006
                        Baseball's Dream Teams: The Greatest Major League Players Decade by Decade, 1990
                        Baseball a Pictorial Tribute
                        Highlights from Drugs and American High School Students 1975-1983
                        The Baseball Timeline: A Chronological History of All the Teams, Stars and Seasons in Major League Baseball
                        The Minor League Register
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                        • Norman Lee Macht

                          Born: August 4, 1929, Brroklyn, NY
                          Died: Still Alive

                          Baseball Author:
                          Brooklyn, NY, 7-year old, (April 11, 1930 census)
                          Hempstead, NY, 10-year old, (April 10, 1940 census)
                          Graduated University of Chicago, 1947: Bachelor of Philosophy
                          Graduated California State University, 1982: At Sonoma: Masters, Political Science

                          Father: Jacob, born Maryland, 1903?; Mother: Alma D., born Maryland, 1905?;

                          Norman is a SABR member and has authored over 30 books. Norman's Connie Mack book immediately stamps him as arguably the leading Connie Mack authority today, as well as one of the most knowledgable authorities on the Philadelphia Athletics. He is a member of the Philadelphia Athletics' Historical Society.

                          Norman has over 25 years service as president, secretary, treasurer or director of taxpayers' associations, cultural alliances, and the Society for American Baseball Research. He also has extensive business/Government Experience: U.S. Air Force, minor league baseball general manager, stockbroker, adjunct professor finance and management, antiques dealer, innkeeper, editor, book packager, author of 34 books.

                          Norman Macht was born in Brooklyn, and after many intervening stops now lives in San Marcos, Texas. A SABR member since 1985, he has authored more than 30 books, the next of which is his long-awaited biography of Connie Mack (through 1914), due to be published in spring 2007 and tentatively titled Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball. Norman is currently a Director of SABR, and has served in various roles on the Board of Directors for one-third of SABR’s existence.

                          Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball, 2007. (This 708 page book ends with the dismantling of the 1914 team.)
                          Connie Mack: The Turbulent Triumphant Years, 1915 - 1931, 2012 (Norm is continuing to prepare the next book which will finish Mack's life.)
                          Rex Barney's Thank You for 50 Years in Baseball from Brooklyn to Baltimore
                          Roberto Alomar: An Authorized Biography
                          Roger Clemens
                          Roy Campanella: Baseball Star
                          Uncle Robbie, 1999 (with Jack Kavanagh)

                          Norm authored many baseball books for the juvenile age group for the 'Greatest Legends' series.

                          Norm's email address is: [email protected]
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                          • Marcus Okkonen---AKA Marc Okkonen

                            Born: July 21, 1933, Muskegon, MI
                            Died: Still Alive

                            Baseball book author;
                            Graduated University of Michigan (Dearborn, MI), 1968-70; (BA degree in Economics.)
                            Graphics artist/writer:

                            Born and raised in Muskegon, MI, and returned in 1989. Spent much time in California. Marc has been a Tigers' fan all his life. Marc is one of the leading Ty Cobb historians / researchers / advocates of his times.

                            Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century: The Official Major League Baseball Guide, 1991, 1993
                            Baseball Memories, (1900-1909), 1992
                            Baseball Memories (1930-1939): A Complete Pictorial History of the "Hall of Fame" Decade, 1994
                            Baseball Memories (1950-1959): An Illustrated Scrapbook of Baseball's Fabulous 50's: All the Players, Managers, Cities & Ballparks, 1993
                            The Federal League of 1914-1915: Baseball's Third Major League, 1989
                            The Ty Cobb Scrapbook: An Illustrated Chronology of Significant Dates in the 24-Year Career of the Fabled Georgia Peach, 2001

                            Marc's email address is: [email protected]

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                            • Daniel Evan Ginsburg--- AKA Dan Ginsburg

                              Born: January 13, 1956, Pittsburgh, PA
                              Died: August 12, 2009, Washington, DC, age 53---d. pancreatic cancer

                              Baseball book author;
                              Graduated Northwestern University (Evanston, IL),
                              Helped found SABR, 1971 (at age 15)

                              Daniel E. Ginsburg, who at 15 in 1971 was the youngest founding member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), died August 12 of pancreatic cancer. He was 53.

                              "Dan's impact on SABR was huge. He accomplished so much in his life and was able to find time for SABR and to be a strong voice not only for the founders and early members of SABR, but also throughtout his 38 years in the organization. His influence will be felt far into the future," said SABR Executive Director, John Zajc.

                              Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Ginsburg began his baseball research at a young age and his work was mentioned by Lee Allen in his "Cooperstown Corner" column in The Sporting News.

                              Ginsburg's baseball research continued throughout his life. Perhaps the highlight occured in 1995 when McFarland published his book on baseball's gambling scandals, "The Fix is In." The book was re-published in 2004. Throughout his life, he collected autographs of Hall of Famers and other stars. In the late 1990s, he donated that collection to the Elliot Museum in Stuart, Florida.

                              Dan served on the SABR Board of Directors, being named to replace Harry Rothgerber in July 2002. He was elected by the membership the following year to complete the term.

                              "Dan brought a new level of professionalism to the SABR board," Zajc added. "He brought the same incisive thinking to the SABR board room as he did to his business career, and we all learned from him."

                              Ginsburg also served on the SABR Fundraising Committee and gave leadership gifts annually. He had a special fondness for the Lee Allen Award at National History Day as he considered Allen to be a baseball mentor of his.

                              Dan was a graduate of Northwestern University and made his professional mark in advertising and marketing, retiring as president of Draft Worldwide in the late 1990s. He became a part owner of the Class AA Norwich Navigators and the majority owner of Champagne de Meric, the only American-owned winery in Champagne.

                              Recently, he started a new chapter as president of TAG Media, India's first In-Store Television Network. He was also president of The Sparrow's Song Foundation, and active in a number of charitable causes.

                              The Fix Is in: A History of Baseball Gambling and Game Fixing Scandals, 1995
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                              • Maury K. Allen

                                Born: May 2, 1932, Brooklyn, NY
                                Died: October 3, 2010, Cedar Grove, NJ, age 78,---d. at home of lymphoma.

                                Baseball book author;
                                (1940 census)
                                Graduated City College of NY (CCNY)(NYC); majored journalism
                                New York Post, 1961 - 1988
                                Journal News (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam counties, NY)
                                US Army (served in Japan/Korea).

                                Wife: Janet; Daughter: Jennifer; Son: Ted

                                Maury's wikipedia page, the free encyclopedia

                                Maury Allen (born 2 May 1932 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American sportswriter, actor, and former columnist for the New York Post and the Journal-News. He is also a voter for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Allen has written 40 books on American sports icons. He is currently a contributor to

                                Early life
                                Maury Allen was born in Brooklyn, New York, to parents Harry and Frances Allen. Harry Allen was a coffee salesman and Frances a homemaker. He attended James Madison High School where he covered sports for the school paper. Other notable graduates of James Madison High School include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg, sports announcer Marty Glickman, and professional baseball player Harry Eisenstat.

                                As a young man, Allen was a Brooklyn Dodgers fanatic. His book, Brooklyn Remembered: The 1955 Days of the Dodgers, recalls the glory days of the team, before they were moved to Los Angeles.

                                After high school, he attended City College of New York where he majored in journalism and played for the football team. Allen has one older brother. Following college, Allen was drafted to the Army. He served in Japan and in Korea during the Korean War.

                                Early career
                                Allen wrote for the City College newspaper, The Campus, covering sports. When he was drafted to the Army, he continued as a reporter, writing for the Pacific Stars and Stripes. After his service, he wrote for papers in Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York.

                                In 1959, Allen was hired as sports writer at Sports Illustrated. He wrote for Sports Illustrated for two years. His next major magazine job was reporting for the New York Post from 1961-1988. From 1988-2000, he wrote articles for The Journal News, owned by Gannett. Following his retirement from The Journal News, Allen continued to write books and to write articles for

                                Radio Broadcasts
                                From 2002-2008, Allen co-hosted a weekly radio show called Talking Sports with Maury and Bill with the owner of Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant, Bill Liederman. The show was broadcast live from Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant, near Central Park in New York City. The one-hour long show featured sports talk and interviews with athletes.

                                Film appearances
                                Allen has been interviewed on numerous occasions in documentary films, such as Toots (2006), Mantle (2006), and Howard Cosell: Telling It Like It Is (1999). He has also portrayed a sports journalist in the original Odd Couple (1968) movie, and more recently in the TV movie, The Bronx is Burning (2008).

                                National Baseball Hall of Fame voter
                                Allen is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, and has been a voter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame for 35 years. He became eligible to vote in 1973 after more than 10 years as a traveling sports reporter.

                                One of the biggest controversies he faced while on the BWAA’s induction voting committee was in 1991, when the BWAA decided not to allow Pete Rose to be nominated for induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame, following accusations that Rose gambled on Cincinnati Reds games while he was a player and manager.

                                Recent work
                                Allen recently completed work on a book about Dixie Walker, a right fielder for the Yankees, White Sox, and Brooklyn Dodgers, and controversial figure in baseball in the 1940s for his stance against integration in Major League Baseball. Dixie Walker of the Dodgers is scheduled for release in April 2010.

                                After the Miracle: The 1969 Mets Twenty Years Later
                                Baseball: The Lives Behind the Seams
                                Damn Yankee: The Billy Martin Story
                                Memories of The Mick: Baseball's Legend
                                Mr. October: The Reggie Jackson Story
                                Our Mickey: Cherished Memories of an American Icon
                                Sweet Lou
                                Yankees World Series Memories
                                Yankees: Where Have You Gone?
                                1969 the incredible mets world series shea stadium
                                After the Miracle
                                All Roads Lead to October: Boss Steinbrenner's 25-Year Reign over the New York Yankees
                                Baseball's 100
                                Big-time baseball: A complete record of the national sport
                                Bo: Pitching and Wooing with the Uncensored cooperation of Bo Belinsky
                                Brooklyn Remembered: The 1955 Days Of The Dodgers Sports Publishing, Inc. Champaign 2005
                                Greatest Pro Quarterbacks [American Football, Players and Sports hereos]
                                Jackie Robinson: a Life Remembered Easton Press Norwalk, Ct 1996
                                Jim Rice Power Hitter
                                Joe Namath's Sportin' Life / How Football Starr Joe Namath Scores-on the Field and Off
                                Now Wait a Minute Casey!; an Up-to-Date History of the New York Mets.
                                Reggie Jackson, the three million dollar man
                                Roger Maris: A Man for All Seasons
                                Ron Guidry, Louisiana Lightning
                                Ten Great Moments in Sports
                                The Incredible World Champ Mets
                                The Record Breakers: Moment of Outstanding Achievement in the Lives of 15 Great Athletes
                                Voices of Sport
                                Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?: The story of America's last hero
                                You Could Look It Up: The Life of Casey Stengel

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