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  • dave_heller
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    A Ken Williams book

    Excited to say I have signed a contract with McFarland Publishing to publish my manuscript on a Ken Williams bio. I am just putting the finishing touches on it and deliver it in a couple of week, but not sure yet when it will be out. I hope St. Louis Browns fans (and, of course, anyone else) will enjoy it.

  • dave_heller
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    Originally posted by Toledo Inquisition View Post

    I'll do a proper write up Dave, but great job on Ken Williams, worth every penny I paid.

    Have you ever considered doing a biography on Goose Goslin? No one has ever done one for him, and you'd do a bang up job Dave.
    Again, I really appreciate the kind words. I can't express how much it means to hear someone say they enjoyed something you wrote. Good thought on the Goose .. he did play for the Browns!

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  • Toledo Inquisition
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    Originally posted by dave_heller View Post

    Thank you very much, appreciate the note (and your purchase). I tried to do my best in leaving no stone unturned in terms of research (I'm sure I missed something, but not for lack of trying). His sons look back and wish the same. But that's just not the era they grew up in or the kind of parents they had. Ken didn't look back much.
    I'll do a proper write up Dave, but great job on Ken Williams, worth every penny I paid.

    Have you ever considered doing a biography on Goose Goslin? No one has ever done one for him, and you'd do a bang up job Dave.

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  • dave_heller
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    Originally posted by Toledo Inquisition View Post
    FYI Dave, I'm reading your book and am really enjoying it. Well worth the purchase - you have a mighty number of book and article citations in the back. Too bad Ken didn't tell his sons more about his baseball stories.
    Thank you very much, appreciate the note (and your purchase). I tried to do my best in leaving no stone unturned in terms of research (I'm sure I missed something, but not for lack of trying). His sons look back and wish the same. But that's just not the era they grew up in or the kind of parents they had. Ken didn't look back much.

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  • Toledo Inquisition
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    FYI Dave, I'm reading your book and am really enjoying it. Well worth the purchase - you have a mighty number of book and article citations in the back. Too bad Ken didn't tell his sons more about his baseball stories.

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  • dave_heller
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    FOX Sports Midwest ran this the other day, enlightening a new generation on both Ken Williams and the St. Louis Browns.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiTfeAT3LyI

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  • dave_heller
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    Originally posted by Brownieand45sfan View Post
    Dave I ordered the book today through McFarland (I try to avoid giving Bezos any money). Tell me, if you know, why the Yankees purchased Ken Williams from the Red Sox in January 1930 even after his season-ending collision. The Yankees even only cut his salary $1500! What good sports!! But he never played a game in a Yankee uniform and somehow ended up on the Portland beavers for a little more than a season. Were the Yankees seriously thinking about putting Kenny in the outfield with Earl Combs and the Babe? That would have given the Yankees six out of eight starters in the Hall of Fame, with four Hall of Famers on the pitching staff. Wow!

    The biography done by the Society for American Baseball Research is silent on the issue. But I bet you know!
    You'll be glad to know that his time with the Yankees, albeit briefly, is covered in the book, so I won't spoil it for you. I am most proud of the research. I did a ton, including finding out about some time in the minors Williams had which has never been reported (at least since it occurred, that is).

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  • Brownieand45sfan
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    Dave I ordered the book today through McFarland (I try to avoid giving Bezos any money). Tell me, if you know, why the Yankees purchased Ken Williams from the Red Sox in January 1930 even after his season-ending collision. The Yankees even only cut his salary $1500! What good sports!! But he never played a game in a Yankee uniform and somehow ended up on the Portland beavers for a little more than a season. Were the Yankees seriously thinking about putting Kenny in the outfield with Earl Combs and the Babe? That would have given the Yankees six out of eight starters in the Hall of Fame, with four Hall of Famers on the pitching staff. Wow!

    The biography done by the Society for American Baseball Research is silent on the issue. But I bet you know!

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  • dave_heller
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    Appreciate you asking. To be honest, just do what is best for you.

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  • Toledo Inquisition
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    Originally posted by dave_heller View Post
    Got the email yesterday that the book has been published, so I guess this means it should hit the proverbial bookshelf soon. Hopeful people will enjoy it and all the research and, of course, I am very excited to hold it in my hands soon. I spoke with one of Ken's sons last night to let him know and the sound in his voice made it all worthwhile. Thanks again to any who are interested and give it a read!
    Thanks for let us know. Here is a question for you, where is best for you to have us purchase it from? The father of one of my friends is publishing a history book - and he is specifically requesting us to buy from Amazon, to drive up its sales rating, rather than to maximize his short term financial gain.

    So would you like us to buy from McFarland (for more gain) or from Amazon (for the potential of more notice)?

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  • dave_heller
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    Got the email yesterday that the book has been published, so I guess this means it should hit the proverbial bookshelf soon. Hopeful people will enjoy it and all the research and, of course, I am very excited to hold it in my hands soon. I spoke with one of Ken's sons last night to let him know and the sound in his voice made it all worthwhile. Thanks again to any who are interested and give it a read!

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  • dave_heller
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    Originally posted by PVNICK View Post
    I'd be interested. Maybe you could post a link so those interested could purchase, and for your sake one that puts more money in your pocket and less in the various middlemen.
    I appreciate that. Here's the link to McFarland's site where it can be purchased:
    http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2...-1-4766-6535-1

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  • PVNICK
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    I'd be interested. Maybe you could post a link so those interested could purchase, and for your sake one that puts more money in your pocket and less in the various middlemen.

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  • dave_heller
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    For those interested, the book heads to the printer this week and I'm told it takes 2-3 weeks after that to hit the proverbial shelves. I did a ton of research on this and I hope that whomever reads it will find it interesting and worthwhile.

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  • dave_heller
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    FWIW I haven't been given a release date, so I think Amazon just approximates. But it does seem like it will be winter not fall as I haven't seen the proofs yet ... hey, just in time for the holidays! Thanks again for your interest!

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