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General Information

Name:  Jerome Holtzman  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Chicago, Illinois

Died: 2008 in Evanston, Illinois

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Jerome Holtzman was a baseball writer and columnist, beginning in 1957 for the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to writing for the Chicago Sun Times Jerome Holtzman was also president and founder of Holtzman Press, Inc. Jerome Holtzman chronicled the baseball seasons of the Chicago White Sox and Cubs for more than 40 years at Chicago newspapers, beginning in 1957 as a beat writer at the Chicago Sun-Times and continuing in1981 as a columnist at The Chicago Tribune.

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Titles At Your Library

Three and Two! The Autobiography of Tom Gorman, the Great Major League Umpire
ISBN: 0684161699

Scribner. 1979

Sports biography hardcover.

Fielder's Choice: An Anthology Of Baseball Fiction
ISBN: 0156306522

Harvest Books. 1991

Baseball: no other sport can claim its drama, its rhythms-or as many writers among its fans. These twenty-seven selections are by authors ranging from Lardner to Malamud.

Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball
ISBN: 0803289391

University of Nebraska Press. 1992

Babe Ruth remains the most popular player in the history of baseball. The slugger for the New York Yankees established a home run record in the 1927 season, just a year before joining the league of authors. Babe Ruth's Own Book is a who's who of old-time greats—Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, and many others. It describes the Babe's rise from poverty to stardom, catching his image and voice as freshly and permanently as pen and ink can. In a no-nonsense style, the Babe describes the ins and outs of the game, touching all bases and loading up the reader with priceless information and advice. The surprise is that so little about the sport has changed except the size of the players' salaries.

No Cheering in the Press Box
ISBN: 080503823X

Henry Holt & Co. 1995

Interviews eighteen of the writers who dominated sports reporting in the interwar period, including Dan Daniel, Paul Gallico, Red Smith, Marshall Hunt, and John Kieran

My Greatest Day in Baseball
ISBN: 0803263686

Bison Books. 1996

My Greatest Day in Baseball, one of the earliest collections of the game’s oral histories, presents forty-seven famous stars from the golden age of baseball relating their most unforgettable moments in the sport. Ty Cobb vividly recreates the seventeenth-inning tie between the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers with the 1908 pennant at stake. Grover Cleveland Alexander describes the day he saved the 1926 world championship for the St. Louis Cardinals. Babe Ruth recalls hitting the homer he had promised to the crowd at a 1932 World Series game. Dizzy Dean recounts a run-in with Ford Frick and a record-setting day in 1933 when he struck out seventeen Chicago Cubs. Among the other celebrated baseball figures telling their dramatic stories are Leroy “Satchel” Paige, Casey Stengel, Leo “The Lip” Durocher, Honus Wagner, Johnny Evers, Lefty Gomez, Tris Speaker, Cy Young, Pepper Martin, George Sisler, Billy Southworth, Enos Slaughter, Connie Mack, Walter Johnson, and Rogers Hornsby.

Jack Brickhouse: A Voice for All Seasons
ISBN: 0809232073

Contemporary Books. 1996

A biography of the Chicago sportscaster's sixty-year career, discussing such sports highlights as Willie Mays' catch in the 1954 World Series and Ernie Banks' 500th home run

Chicago Cubs Encyclopedia
ISBN: 156639547X

Temple University Press. 1997

Looks at the key seasons in the history of the ball club, its hall of famers, its managers and coaches, and its ballpark

The Commissioners : Baseball's Midlife Crisis
ISBN: 0965694941

Total Sports. 1998

Looks at the nine men who have held the position of commissioner of baseball, from Judge Landis to Bud Selig

Al Lopez: The Life of Baseball's El Senor
ISBN: 0786406569

McFarland & Company. 1999

Alfonso Ramon Lopez spent 36 years in the big leagues as a catcher and manager. He had a .261 lifetime batting average, compiled 1,547 hits and caught a then-record 1,918 games in a 19-year playing career. The teams he managed--the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox--won two pennants and finished runner-up 10 times in 17 seasons. He was the only manager to interrupt the Yankees' 15 year pennant dynasty from 1949, piloting the Indians in 1954 with an A.L. record 111 wins and guiding the White Sox in 1959. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977. Al Lopez of Tampa opened up baseball to individuals of Spanish, Cuban and Italian ancestry at a time when social barriers had just begun to recede. He symbolized for many Latins the path to success. This book is his first-ever biography. It is based, first, on the recollections of the man himself, and former players, family, and fans, and also on newspaper and periodical accounts, and archival resources.

The Chicago Cubs (Writing Baseball)
ISBN: 0809323680

Southern Illinois University Press. 2001

First published in 1946, Warren Brown’s history of the Cubs, like Frederick G. Lieb’s history of the St. Louis Cardinals, was commissioned by G. P. Putnam’s Sons. Brown begins with the founding of the National League—with the Cubs as a charter member—in 1876 and continues through the 1945 World Series, which the Cubs lost to the Detroit Tigers.

Brown, of course, covers the Hall of Fame Cub infield of (Joe) Tinker to (Johnny) Evers to (Frank) Chance, the most memorable double-play combination in the history of baseball. Other legendary Cubs and their illustrious opponents include Grover Cleveland Alexander, Adrian C. “Cap” Anson, Phil Cavaretta, Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Rip Collins, Kiki Cuyler, Dizzy Dean, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Charlie Grimm, Lefty Grove, Stan Hack, Gabby Hartnett, Rogers Hornsby, Pepper Martin, Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Pie Traynor, and Hack Wilson.

In his final chapter, Brown discusses and compiles what he calls the “All-Time Chicago National League Baseball Squad,” with two to five players listed for each position (more for pitchers). Brown also includes Cubs “statistical addenda,” such as home run leaders, leading pitchers, World Series records, and the Cubs versus White Sox “city series” records. The book is illustrated with twenty-two photographs.

The Jerome Holtzman Baseball Reader: A Treasury of Award-Winning Writing from the Official Historian of Major League Baseball
ISBN: 1572434937

Triumph Books. 2003

Jerome Holtzman has covered the sport of baseball for the Chicago Daily Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Tribune since the mid 1940s, now his thoughts and best columns are collected together in one edition as an official history of Major League Baseball.

Jerome Holtzman on Baseball
ISBN: 158261976X

Sports Publishing LLC. 2005

Sportswriter Jerome Holtzman has been around the game of baseball for more than 60 years. During that span he’s met and worked alongside most of the greatest writers American sports and the game of baseball have ever known.

In his sixth book, Jerome Holtzman on Baseball, he shares colorfully in-depth stories about the lives and careers of such legendary scribes as Grantland Rice, Red Smith, Jimmy Cannon, Shirley Povich, and many others. Enveloped inside these personality sketches are heretofore hidden tales about baseball’s greatest players, managers and characters. Baseball’s best personas spring to life in the words of the men and women whose job it was to unearth their flaws and exalt their talents.

These men and women were the Hemingways of baseball sportswriting. Holtzman’s unique ability to relate their impact on the game they covered adds a new chapter to our study of the history of baseball. Meet "The Purple Prose Gang," learn of the impact that advanced statisticians had on how the game was covered, and read of the rise of female scribes in sports.

Holtzman dusts off the annals of baseball history in these pages, and places the sport’s evolution in a fresh context. Just as baseball itself has progressed from the days of the dead-ball era through the invention of free agency to today’s record-shattering times, so too has the art of sportswriting and the artists who man the press box 162 days a year. Jerome Holtzman on Baseball is your passage through the turnstile.

Baseball, Chicago Style
ISBN: 1566252334

Taylor Trade Publishing. 2005

For the first time the entire colorful saga of major league baseball in Chicago is wrapped between the covers of a single book―sure to appeal to both Cubs and White Sox fans.