Here’s guy who takes the admonition “Don’t quite your day job” to heart.
Dr. Doug Wilson, a full-time ophthalmologist with a thriving practice, has written biographies about four prominent men — including two Hall of Famers — who nevertheless have slipped under the radar, especially for fans who never saw them player.
Wilson’s latest — Pudge: The Biography of Carlton Fisk — was released last month, perhaps as a nod to his contribution to baseball for for one of the most dramatic home runs in World Series History. You can read my review of Pudge from Bookreporter.com here.) It was the third year in a row for Wilson books released by Thomas Dunne, the two prior being Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson, and The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych (the fourth book was Fred Hutchinson and the 1964 Cincinnati Reds, published in 2010 by McFarland).
I spoke with Wilson about his choice of subjects and the experience of working with different publishers.