Thursday, October 18, 2007
Coffee with Miles
As mentioned in previous posts, one of the unanticipated benefits of having a baseball biography on the market is meeting some fascinating people. From time to time I receive phone calls, letters and e-mails from folks who have read my Red Faber biography.
Such was the case Thursday, when I had coffee with Miles Conway, who phoned me and asked to get together.
Conway could be a book subject himself. A lifelong baseball devotee and Chicago White Sox booster -- his father was a fan of Red Faber -- Conway attended Loras College in Dubuque. For a couple of seasons in the early 1950s, he played for one of the barnstorming teams of the House of David, affiliated with a religious sect based in Benton Harbor, Mich. These teams were distinctive not only for their baseball talent but for the players' long beards (think ZZ Top).
Conway lived most of his life in Chicago but resided for several years in the Twin Cities. Long retired, he now spends his time attending ball games (he prefers club and minor-league contests) and taking long-distance bicycle rides.
Earlier this year, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune published a feature story about him.
My only regret was that we didn't have more time for our conversation. Duties in the newsroom called, and Miles had, well, some miles to ride.