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Eliot Asinof (1919–2008)

Author of Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series

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Writer Eliot Asinof was born in Manhattan on July 13, 1919. After graduating from Swarthmore but before joining the Army during World War II, he played minor league baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies' organization. His best-known work was Eight Men Out, which is about the 1919 Black Sox scandal show more and became a movie in 1988. He wrote over a dozen books during his lifetime including Man on Spikes, Seven Days to Sunday, and Final Judgment. He also wrote for television and the movies, but his published credits were limited, most likely because he was blacklisted in the 1950's. He died due to complications of pneumonia on June 10, 2008. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Birthdate
1919-07-13
Date of death
2008-06-10
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Manhattan, New York, USA
Education
Swarthmore College

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I listened to this on Audible while driving from work and playing in the background during breaks. It's really interesting if you have any interest in baseball or even in popular culture history. I can't say it's a great read. It's a little slow in places and the characters are not always as developed as they should be. Arnold Rothstein a New York gambler more than likely had a bigger more involved role than the author gives "credit" for. You have to understand this is not modern day sports. These are not rich superstars. These are working class men trying to play a game they loved under careless treatment from the owners. No free agency. No guarantees and no long term no trade no cut contracts. They were treated like business assets and the bottom line was company comes first. So, the temptation to get a few thousand dollars for missing a double play or losing a fly ball in the sun was huge. Not to say they were not responsible. Just to say if you do decide to give this a try and the only thing you know of baseball is the modern era you will be surprised at the reality. It's tough for me because I grew up hearing about the "Grand Old Game." The romance of the early players who played only for the love and glory of the game. Also, being from the south and being a Braves fan I don't think this will be a really entertaining baseball season for me. So, while I technically didn't "read" it. It's a good story and a good listen which is great for me. I recommend it if you like early 20th century history or baseball.… (more)
 
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StephenSnead | 12 other reviews | Dec 26, 2020 |
Short, sweet and simple. Loved the book, intrigued by the whole Black Sox scandal of 1919.

LET JOE INTO THE HALL OF FAME, COMM MANFRED !!!
 
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REINADECOPIAYPEGA | 12 other reviews | Jan 10, 2018 |
One of the classic baseball books... great research and detail... written in the early 60's, still stands!
 
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