Pride of Oakland City, Indiana
A New Book in the Family!
EDD ROUSCH: A Biography of the Cincinnati Reds Star
McFarland, April 2010.
A new book to be proud of, even though it’s not mine. Still, I’m compelled to spread the word, because this is an excellent selection for your favorite baseball nut, written by my favorite baseball nut, my award-winning sportswriter cousin, Mitchell Conrad Stinson.
Just released by McFarland, it’s the biography of the deadball batting king and Baseball Hall of Famer, Edd Rousch. The publisher writes, “[The story] centers on the events of the 1919 Black Sox World series, but covers Roush’s life in full. Born in Indiana, Roush would eventually receive two National League batting titles and become a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. The work contains interviews with Roush as well as a large collection of photos, many from the Roush family collection.”
Many years ago, when Mitchell was still a young teen-ager, he had the good fortune to meet Rousch in person, and wisely brought along his tape recorder when he interviewed the baseball great. When Mitchell grew up, he entered journalism and his career has taken him to newspapers in Indiana, Guam, Kentucky, and Alaska. Speaking of Alaska, Mitchell was a reporter on the Wasilla newspaper, The Frontiersman, when Sarah Palin was just entering local politics.
I’ve got my copy of Edd Rousch already, inscribed by a man who knows I prefer following the mushing circuit to major league sports. Nonetheless, he writes, ”If you can’t get into it, just insert ‘dog sledding’ every time you see the word ‘baseball.’ Both center around smelly, scruffy teammates who scratch themselves in public. So it’s not a stretch.”
Yeah, he’s got a great sense of humor, too.
Click on the book cover to go to the official Edd Rousch home page.