Lest we forget: Jim Brosnan

July 2, 2014

The former Major League pitcher and the first to adopt the behind-the-scenes memoir as an active player and set the path for future writers such as Jim Bouton, Dirk Hayhurst, and others, died on June 28 at the age of 84.

Brosnan, who was 55-47 in nine seasons for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago White Sox from 1954-63, published The Long Season, about his 1959 campaign. he followed that up with his 1961 book, Pennant Race. Both titles have been reissued several times and will probably get an uptick in sales with his passing.

In 1968, Brosnan published Little League to Big League, profiles of young athletes who went on to become stars in various professional sports.

Given his pioneering role in the sports memoir genre, it will be interesting to see what kind of coverage his passing brings.


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