* Now hear this: Lonnie Wheeler

January 14, 2010

When the superstars of baseball want their story told, they know where to go.

Lonnie Wheeler has collaborated with such Hall of Famers as Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, and, most recently, Gibson and Reggie Jackson in Sixty Feet, Six Inches: A Hall of Fame Pitcher & a Hall of Fame Hitter Talk about How the Game is Played, published by Doubleday.

Wheeler, who makes his home in the Cincinnati area, attributes his good fortune to an aggressive agent who’s out there working with high-profile players and publishers. At the moment, the author is busy on a couple of projects, including a book that seeks to document the undocumentable in this day and age of sabermetrics: intangibles, those unquantified elements that go into making heroes out of the average, and humble even the Hall of Famer from time to time.

Wheeler has also written books about college and regional sports, which he finds a pleasant change from the pro ranks. He recently spent some time with the Bookshelf talking about the challenges of working these legendary figures, trying to help them on their story-telling path while at the same time keeping their own voices.

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