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Talking Titles

Editing continues on the new book about the 1968 season, which will be out from Da Capo this spring.
Working titles include SUMMER OF '68: WHEN BASEBALL AND AMERICA CHANGED FOREVER.
or
SEASON ON FIRE: SPORTS, AMERICA AND THE SUMMER OF '68.
Let me know what you think.
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Down in the Valley

Finally made it out to see a game in the Valley League last night. It was great fun, and thanks to Austin and Charlie for letting me join them in the New Market (Va.) Rebels' broadcast "booth." I'm coming back next year for the Full Moon game.

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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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Live in the Bergino Clubhouse

Here's the link to the podcast of me with host Jay Goldberg at the Bergino Clubhouse in lower Manhattan.
http://berginobaseballclubhouse.podbean.com/2011/04/30/high-heat-with-tim-wendel-at-the-bergino-baseball-clubhouse/
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Trip to New York

I had a great time talking about fireballers and High Heat at the Bergino Clubhouse near New York University last week. It's a great setting, just around the corner from the world-famous Strand Bookstore. If I was ever was going to move back to New York, I'd take a long look at that part  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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High Heat in PW Top 10

Publisher's Weekly named High Heat one of its Top 10 sports titles for this spring. Here's the blurb:
For the hard stuff, Tim Wendel's High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time might suffice. It's as much about hard science as putting mustard on  Read More 
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