Here’s a little departure from the usual conversation in which I chat with authors, filmmakers, et al.
During one of my regular visits to Amazon to see what’s coming down the pike, I came across Stealing Games: How John McGraw Transformed Baseball with the 1911 New York Giants by Maury Klein. Now normally I would assume that a topic as specific as this would come from McFarland or University of Nebraska Press, one of those publishers which specialize in such esoteric baseball topics as this one. But, lo and behold, it’s part of the Bloomsbury catalog.
Mr. Klein was kind enough to share that his editor for the project was George Gibson, publishing director at Bloomsbury, and Mr. Gibson, in turn, was kind enough to sit down for a phone chat with the Bookshelf to talk about the other side of the equation that often goes unnoticed.
George Gibson is no stranger to the game, to borrow from the title of a Bob Gibson memoir. Among the titles he has edited: Perfect, Once Removed: When Baseball Was All the World to Me by Phillip Hoose and Paul Dickson’s Casey Award-winning biography, Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick.