John Feinstein is one of the more prolific sportswriters of this generation. He has published more than 25 books on college and pro basketball, college and pro football, tennis, golf, and, of course, baseball. His 2008 title, Living on the Black, a doubleheader of a biography on Mike Mussina and Tom Glavine, pitchers on the staffs of the Yankees and Mets, respectively, is included in 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. (His 1993 Play Ball: The Life and Troubled Times of Major League Baseball was indeed prescient, coming out a year before the devastating strike of 1994-95.)
But he doesn’t just write critically-acclaimed non-fiction; Feinstein has published several sports-themed novels for young adults, including, appropriately enough for current events, Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery, which won the 2006 Edgar Award in the Best Young Adult category.
Feinstein is also a long-time sports columnist for the Washington Post and his work has appeared in numerous publications. And as host of his own radio show, he’s probably used to saying a version of the following: “We have John in the car” talking about his latest, Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagues of Baseball, which debuts at the number 12 spot on the latest New York Times‘ Best-Seller List at number 12.
Here’s the review I did of his latest on Bookreporter.com.