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76. A Day in the Bleachers

About the Author

Arnold Hano was born in New York in 1922. He began his writing career in 1930 on a mimeographed newspaper he and his brother published when they were seven and ten years old. He was briefly a Yankees fan, at age four, but when the Yankees lost the 1926 World Series he switched his allegiance to the Giants. As the author of twenty-six books, including biographies of Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, and Roberto Clemente, and hundreds of articles, Hano followed the careers of the great figures in American baseball.

His first job was as a copy boy at the New York Daily News in 1941. The next year he enlisted in the Army and served in the Pacific until 1946. Returning to a career in book publishing in New York after the war, he was the editor of novelist Jim Thompson. In 1955, he moved with his wife Bonnie and their family to Laguna Beach, California, where they live today, and has since been a freelance writer. He has taught writing at the University of Southern California, Pitzer College, and the University of California, Irvine.

"Arnold Hano's A Day in the Bleachers is one of the lasting works of baseball literature, a book that describes, inning by inning, the action of a single game. That this game happened to be Game 1 of the 1954 World Series -- in which the New York Giants' Willie Mays made the Catch, his legendary grab of a long drive by Vic Wertz of the Cleveland Indians -- was Hano's good fortune; that Hano's observational ability was so acute is ours." — Los Angeles Times

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