Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mini-bio of Schalk online

A chapter-length biography of Ray Schalk, the subject of my next book, has been posted on the Society for American Baseball Research's Baseball Biography Project site.

Here is the link to the article.

The author, Brian Stevens, originally wrote the piece a few years ago for the SABR book, Deadball Stars of the American League. I proceeded with my idea for a full-length Schalk book only after confirming that Stevens did not have similar plans. (No need for two books on the subject!) In fact, he was kind enough to send me all his notes and newspaper clips used in his research. A resident of the Northeast, Stevens visits the National Baseball Hall of Fame annually and before each trip has asked me if there is additional information he can look up on my behalf. That has been a nice assist in my efforts.

Stevens did a solid job with his article.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Under contract

Ray Schalk, 1914
Bain Collection, Library of Congress

It was no surprise -- we've communicated off and on over the past year -- but today I received a publishing contract for my next book, the biography of Ray Schalk.

The book about Schalk, the Hall of Fame catcher for the Chicago White Sox (1912-28), will be published by McFarland & Co., Inc., of Jefferson, N.C.

McFarland also published my Red Faber biography.

Even knowing that a contract was likely, I felt some relief when it arrived. It represents an important step in the process. Having an "outside publisher" lends credibility to the effort.

My self-selected deadline is January 31, 2009. That seems a long ways off, but there is much to be done!