The author was born during World War II, raised in central Pennsylvania--primarily the Hershey area. After marriage and living in New York and New Jersey, he returned to Pennsylvania and now resides in a suburb of Philadelphia for the last 25+ years.
He has always been a a devout sports fan, having attended his first ML game in 1949, religiouslyfollowing all manner of sport during the 50's, 60's and 70's. This has also included reading many, related books and publications during this period as well as up to the current time.
In particular, the author subscribed to the "Bible of Baseball"--the Sporting News--during the early 1950's that was the definitive work of the national pastime then. He literally read each of these weekly publications from cover-to-cover, the primary infomationall source that forms the basis of what appears in these pages. Many of his friends and associates would quickly acknowlege he has a special talent and outlook for the issues, participants and history of professional baseball at that time.
He also has the advantage and perspective of having lived during the events chronicled in this book and having much familiarity with the names and events who helped create this unique time in sports history. In truth, there are perhaps few individuals with the same devotion and knowledge capable of developing this work.