Saturday, June 14, 2008

Eliot Asinof (1919-2008)

Eliot Asinof, the writer whose book Eight Men Out shed new light on baseball's Black Sox Scandal, died this week.

The New York Times obituary details his various achievements in the literary world. Eight Men Out (1963), on the gambler-tainted 1919 World Series, stood as his most famous work.

Years after that 1963 book, Asinof wrote Bleeding Between the Lines, about the complications related to plans for a TV program about the scandal, in which White Sox players conspired with gamblers to lose the World Series.

Asinof revealed more about his research for Eight Men Out. Two White Sox (and "Clean Sox") Asinof contacted were of special interest to me. The subject of my first biography, Red Faber, who did not play in the series due to illness and injury, cooperated with Asinof. The subject of my next book, Ray Schalk, threw Asinof out of his office and on at least one occasion heckled the author during a panel discussion about the scandal.


erik hogstrom said...

It has been a tough week for deaths. Tim Russert, Charlie Jones (NFL announcer) and now Eliot Asinof.

Stalin said...

Wow have you ever been heckled or thrown out of an office for a book/panel discussion? If not, something to aim for :)

A webcomic I read had rather depressing Father's Day humor and I know you were home alone most of the day so I hope it does not apply and you had a great day!!!