Why American Newspapers Gave Away the Future

An insider’s assessment of the precipitous decline of large city ...


Peter Morris

Peter Morris has established himself as one of the foremost historians of early baseball in America. His A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball (2006) was the first book ever to win both the coveted Seymour Medal of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Casey Award from Spitball magazine as the best baseball book of the year. Mr. Morris has also written Catcher, a study of how the man behind the plate became an American folk hero; But Didn’t We Have Fun?, an informal history of baseball’s pioneer era; Level Playing Fields, about the early days of groundskeeping; and Baseball Fever, the story of early baseball in Michigan. Along with Bill James, Lawrence Ritter, and five others, he was among the first group of baseball researchers to be honored by the Society for American Baseball Research with the Henry Chadwick Award for lifetime achievement. A former national and international Scrabble champion, he lives in Haslett, Michigan.