John Thorn

John Thorn

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John Thorn was named the Official Baseball Historian for Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig on March 1, 2011. His new book is "Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game," from Simon & Schuster. He is also the author of a baseball history book for children, "First Pitch," to be published in late spring by Beach Ball Books.

Thorn founded and edits Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, a semiannual scholarly publication issued by McFarland. He co-created the groundbreaking "Total Baseball" and "Total Football" as well as the sabermetric classics "The Hidden Game of Baseball" and "The Hidden Game of Football." He has authored or edited many other sports books.

Thorn was the chief consultant for Ken Burns's television series "Baseball." He often appears on ESPN, the History Channel and the MLB Network.

Thorn writes a regular column for VOICES, the publication of the New York Folklore Society. He appears irregularly in the Boston Globe, New York Times and New York Times Book Review. He lives in Catskill, New York.

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  • Herb Sculnick posted 2567 days ago

    Herb Sculnick

    saw the article about you in hudson valley magazine.i was a big brooklyn dodger fan from the fourtys until they left for L.A. in you my favorites were jackie robinson,duke snider and pee wee reese.ive oollected lots of dodger photos and memorabilia over the years.i took a wonderful photo in 1955 of the interior of ebbets field during batting practice.
    at the batting cage was the duke,gil hodges and others. I live in port st lucie fla. in the winter months not far from vero beach the old winter training grounds of the dodgers.i wanted duke snider to sign a few of my 13x19 inch color prints as hes always down the in the spring..i just missed him as he returned to california early that year to attend an important family wedding.the people the run the camp told me to send the photos to them and they would foward them to his home in california and hed would sign them.a week later the package arrived all signed to my house in st lucie.what a nice guy to do that for me.since your a big duke fan and now that hes passed on i would like to send you one of the original signed photos that i took and he of charge of course.if your interested e mail back to me sorry for the errors in typing but im just getting over open heart surgery a few weeks ago and im still very weak.
    kindest regards
    herb sculnick

  • Peter Schiller posted 2805 days ago

    Peter Schiller

    Hello Mr. Thorn, thank you for being a fan of mine! Have you been reading my site Baseball Reflections or just my writing here on the b/r?