As the 2014 Major League Baseball season gets underway, the Better Sports Club is very pleased to welcome popular author Tim Wendel back to the podium at our April 9 Membership Meeting to discuss his latest book, “Down to the Last Pitch,” which recently went on sale.
DOWN TO THE LAST PITCH is an inside look at the 1991 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves – which some believe was the best series ever. It is published by Da Capo Press.
This will be Tim Wendel’s third presentation to the Better Sports Club. He last joined us two years ago to discuss SUMMER OF '68: THE SEASON WHEN BASEBALL, AND AMERICA, CHANGED FOREVER. That book, the second in his recent baseball trilogy, was named a Top 10 choice by Publisher's Weekly and a Notable Book for 2013 by the State of Michigan.
The trilogy began with HIGH HEAT: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FASTBALL AND THE IMPROBABLE SEARCH FOR THE FASTEST PITCHER OF ALL TIME , which was an Editor's Selection by The New York Times Book Review.
Of his 11 books, Tim has published several works of fiction, including CASTRO'S CURVEBALL (Ballantine/U of Nebraska) and RED RAIN (Writers' Lair) and HABANA LIBRE (CityLit Press).
His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, Washingtonian, National Geographic Traveler, Huffington Post, The Potomac Review, Gargoyle, GQ and Esquire.
Tim is a writer in residence at Johns Hopkins University, where he received the 2009 Award for Teaching Excellence and the Professional Achievement Award in 2004 and 2010. He is a Walter E. Dakin Fellow and Tennessee Williams Scholar to the Sewanee Writing Conference, and a Pen/Faulkner visiting writer to the Washington, D.C. Public Schools. He received his master's in writing from Johns Hopkins and a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University.
Born in Philadelphia, he was raised in Lockport, N.Y. One of his first jobs was writing music reviews for The Buffalo Courier-Express. Since then he's worked on both coasts and in between, covering everything from the Olympics to politics to the America's Cup.
He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and their two children.
As always, the evening’s festivities in the Columbus Club of Arlington’s Paradise Ballroom will commence at 6:30 PM with our Social Hour, followed by dinner and program at 7:15.
Admission is only $25 per person, plus an additional $5 for those who wish to partake of our generously stocked open bar. PLEASE RSVP to Rick Schumann by Friday, April 4, and indicate your choice of entrée – Steak, Chicken or Vegetarian Plate.
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to share another evening with one of the most popular presenters the BSC has ever hosted. And don’t forget to invite some of your more rabid baseball fan friends to join you and see the kind of unique programs your club regularly offers.