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Manuscript Has Been Delivered

Relieved. Exhausted. Excited.
The pretty much sums up where my head is at after I turned in the manuscript for the new book, working title SIXTY-EIGHT: THE YEAR OF THE PITCHER AND WHEN SPORTS SAVED AMERICA. This will be out in Spring 2012 from Da Capo Books.
Of course, there is still much to do.  Read More 
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Walking in Memphis

Just returned from Memphis and some great interviews, including those in Dr. Martin Luther Kings's inner circle, for SIXTY-EIGHT: THE YEAR OF THE PITCHER AND WHEN SPORTS SAVED AMERICA. Along the way, I swung down to Mississippi and have now visited all 50 states.
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Preface for SIXTY-EIGHT

I always have a tough time with openings, but I've been playing with the first lines of the new one. Right now it's going something like this:
What if we could distill all that we know, what we truly believe, down to a few memorable moments, snippets of motion, short stories set in a  Read More 
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Research on SIXTY-EIGHT

The two teams that met in the 1968 World Series -- the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals -- were among the most racially diverse institutions in the land at the time. Willie "the Wonder" Horton was among them. The Tigers' outfielder grew up in the Detroit projects and tried to stop the riots in  Read More 
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Detroit Tigers -- Tom Hayden

The unexpected twists can be half the fun of writing a book. At least they can keep you going. I've been deep into the working draft for SIXTY-EIGHT, the new one about when sports saved America. Several of the 1968 world champion Detroit Tigers mentioned playing against Tom Hayden, the student activist and major player  Read More 
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Beginnings

Working my way through a lot of great research material from Cooperstown. Trying to tease out the threads for this new book, SIXTY-EIGHT. In search of narrative.
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The new book

We've come to an agreement with Da Capo Press for SIXTY-EIGHT: WHEN BASEBALL SAVED AMERICA. Besides detailing the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and the pitching achievements of that season, I'll take a look at football and the Mexico City Olympics, as well as the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy.
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