Selected Writings

Books (author)

In Pursuit of Pennants--Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball (with Daniel R. Levitt) (University of Nebraska Press, 2015).

Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball (University of Nebraska Press, 2010).  Finalist for the Seymour Medal.

Paths to Glory: How Great Teams Got That Way (with Daniel R. Levitt) (Brassey’s, 2003).  Winner of the 2004 Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award.

Books (editor)

The Great Eight: The 1975 Cincinnati Reds (University of Nebraska Press, 2014).

Red Sox Baseball in the Days of Ike and Elvis: The Red Sox of the 1950s (with Bill Nowlin) (SABR, 2012).

Pitching, Defense and Three-Run Homers: The 1970 Baltimore Orioles (with Malcolm Allen) (University of Nebraska Press, 2012).

Rain Check: Baseball in the Pacific Northwest (editor, with Dave Eskenazi) (SABR, 2006).

SABR articles

Many of my SABR articles can be found here.  In addition:

“The Effects of Integration,” in Jim Charlton (editor), Baseball Research Journal  36 (SABR, 2007).

“The Revolution Started Here,” in Mark Armour (editor), Rain Check (SABR, 2006).

“El Tiante,” in Mark Alvarez (editor), Baseball Research Journal #30 (SABR, 2001).

“Keep Your Eye On The Ball,” in Mark Alvarez (editor), Baseball Research Journal #29 (SABR, 2000).

Articles or Chapters in non-SABR books

Book Review of Paul Hensler's The American League in Transition, 1965-75, in Trey Strecker (editor), NINE: A Journal of Baseball History, Vol. 22, No. 1  (Nebraska, 2014).

Book Review of Jane Leavy's The Lost Boy, in Trey Strecker (editor), NINE: A Journal of Baseball History, Vol. 20, No. 1  (Nebraska, 2012).

"Littleball: Are the A's Equipped to Succeed in October," republished in The Best of Baseball Prospectus, December 2011.

Book Review of Joe Posnanski's The Machine, in Trey Strecker (editor), NINE: A Journal of Baseball History, Vol. 18, No. 2  (Nebraska, 2010).

"Misplaced Priorities," in Maple Street Press Red Sox Annual 2010.

“No Cigar--The '49 Red Sox Are a Team to Remember," in Maple Street Press Red Sox Annual 2009.

Book Review of William's Rycek's The Amazin' Mets and The Yankeees of the Early 1960s, in Trey Strecker (editor), NINE: A Journal of Baseball History, Vol. 17, No. 2  (Nebraska, 2009).

“Anatomy of a Collapse: The 1978 Red Sox Re-examined,” in Maple Street Press Red Sox Annual 2008.

Book Review of Judith Testa's Sal Maglie in Trey Strecker (editor), NINE: A Journal of Baseball History, Vol. 17, No. 1.  (Nebraska, 2008).

“Joe Cronin: The Story Behind the #4 on the Right Field Façade”, in Maple Street Press Red Sox Annual 2007.

“The Year After: The Red Sox in 1968, 1976, 1987, and 2005”, in Maple Street Press Red Sox Annual 2006.

“Boston Red Sox” in Baseball Prospectus Annual 2006.

“Boston Red Sox” in Baseball Prospectus Annual 2004.

The National Pastime Museum

Although the web site has shut down, all of the article I wrote for them have been moved to my personal blog.  You can see them all here.

Selected Web Articles

Jim Bouton and Me, personal blog, July, 2017.

A series on baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement (with Dan Levitt), November, 2016.

"Penelope": Natalie Wood and Ron Swoboda, personal blog, August, 2016.

Review of Charles Leerhsen's "Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty," personal blog, February, 2016.

(With Dan Levitt) Pennants Pursued, The Hardball Times, October 6, 2015.

(With Dan Levitt) Front Offices More Aggressive Than Ever in Looking For an Edge, Huffington Post, April 6, 2015.

(With Dan Levitt) The 2015 Season Preview in Pursuing Pennants, The Hardball Times, April 1, 2015.

(With Dan Levitt) Baseball Ops--Welcome to the Evolution, Our Game, March 22, 2015.

Harmon Killebrew and “Versatility”.  Baseball Analysts, 07/13/2011.

How to Score More Runs? Play the Best Hitters.  Baseball Analysts, 04/26/2010.

In Defense of the Hall of Fame.  Baseball Analysts, 1/10/2008.

No-longer Lovable Sox.  Baseball Analysts, 10/25/2007.

An Ode to Sport.  Baseball Analysts, 04/12/2007.

The Rise and Fall of Artificial Turf.  Baseball Analysts, 04/27/2006.

The Yankees and the First Free Agent Market.  Baseball Analysts, 06/02/2005.

Trading a Superstar.  Baseball Prospectus, 01/16/2004.

The Brothers Parrott.  Oregon Stadium Campaign.  01/12/2004.

They Wuz Robbed.  Baseball Prospectus, 09/05/2003.

Damned Yankees.  Baseball Prospectus, 08/11/2003.

Mashing in Beantown.  Baseball Prospectus, 07/02/2003.

Littleball.  Baseball Prospectus, 06/11/2003.

Hoyt Wilhelm, Starting Pitcher., 05/06/2003.

The Great Slide Backwards.  Baseball Prospectus, 04/09/2003.

The Great Leap Forward.  Baseball Prospectus, 04/02/2003.

The Impossible Dream.  Baseball Prospectus, 03/17/2003.

The Downfall of Denny McLain.  Baseball Prospectus, 02/28/2003.

Selected Interviews

Baseball By The Book, 5/25/19.  A conversation about Joe Cronin.

​Baseball By The Book, 9/21/17.  A conversation about In Pursuit of Pennants.

​Rob Neyer, 9/1/15.  On our book In Pursuit of Pennants.

The Root and Roots Show, 5/2/2015.  On our book.

Effectively Wild, 4/17/15.  With Ben Lindberg and Sam Miller on our book.

Fangraphs, 2/12/15.  With Carson Cistulli on baseball's best GMs.

High Heat, 2/10/15.  With Chris Russo on great GMs.

Baseball PhD, 4/28/2014.  A conversation about the 1975 Reds.