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Eliot Asinof

Extra literary: Rutner, born this date in 1919, appeared in an even dozen games for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1947. He even had one home run. But he was immortalized by Eliot “Eight Men Out” Asinof as the inspiration for the main character in his 1955 novel about the struggles of a veteran minor leaguer, […]

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Last November, SABR’s Board of Directors approved the creation of a new Research Committee, with the “Black Sox” scandal as its focus. SABR members can join by following the link MySABR at the SABR web site … and can then join the Yahoo discussion group (which has grown since it started in 2003 to over […]

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* Remembering Eliot Asinof

August 27, 2008

Asinof, author of the watershed book about the Black Sox scandal, died June 10. In this piece from BaseballLibrary.com, Gene Carney pays tribute to his friend and mentor. Carney is author of Burying the Black Sox, one of several volumes on the events surrounding the 1919 World Series and its aftermath.

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Review: Man on Spikes

July 29, 2008

From the New Haven Review, this lengthy critique by Peter Ephross of this overlooked classic by Eliot Asinof.

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* Asinof, one more time

June 17, 2008

I heard Tony Kornheiser read this obituary from The Washington Post on the podcast of his eponymous radio program. Kornheiser has long been a favorite of mine, from the time he actually wrote for the paper. He had long since ceased writing on a regular basis, but retained a relationship with the Post, as well […]

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* "Ninth Man Out"

June 13, 2008

Jeffery Lott wrote this appreciation for Swarthmore alumni Asinof for College’s alumni newsletter in March 2001.

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“Eliot Asinof’s Posthumous Novel Features Showdown at BEA” From today’s Publisher’s Weekly Web notes

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Two pieces by Tim Wiles of the National Baseball Hall of Fame follow. The first, written in 1999, reports on the late writer’s keynote address to the annual Cooperstown Symposium, a gathering of academicians to discuss eclectic topics within the greater baseball universe. The second article considers Asinof’s novel, Man on Spikes. Asinof: a Baseball […]

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* And more on Asinof

June 12, 2008

From the Washington Post (includes a silly two-picture slide show; what was the point of that?). The Chicago Tribune mirrored the NY Times obit. Jeff Kallman contributed this piece on The MLB Source portion of MCN.com.

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* Another Asinof tribute

June 11, 2008

From Bronxbanter.com. Look for more of these in the days to come. Man On Spikes was turned into an episode of the Goodyear Television Playhouse TV anthology in 1955, starring Ned Glass, Robert Morse, and Warren Stevens. Time magazine gave it this preview at the time: Most interesting of the teleplays was Man on Spikes, […]

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* RIP, Eliot Asinof

June 11, 2008

The author of the watershed book on the Black Sox Scandal died yesterday at the age of 88. Asinof published Eight Men Out in 1963; and was released as a John Sayles film in 1988, starring John Cusak, David Strathairn, Charlie Sheen, D.B. Sweeny, and Gordon Clapp, Christopher Lloyd, John Mahoney, Michael Werner, Studs Terkel, […]

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From the on-line edition of the East Brunswick Home News Tribune: “Eight Men Out” is a book by Eliot Asinof about the eight members of the Chicago White Sox kicked out of baseball for their role in throwing the 1919 World Series. This week there are eight men wondering if they will be the next […]

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Mickey Rutner as muse

October 2, 2007

World’s oldest Jewish ex-major leaguer tells all Just over 60 years ago — Sept. 13, 1947 — Mickey Rutner hit his only major league home run. He did it as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics in an 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. Rutner, who has made his retirement home in Georgetown, Tex., […]

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