Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Author Eliot Asinof is the Latest Man Out

Eliot Asinof, an author who invited readers behind the scenes of the sports world with books including "Eight Men Out," died Tuesday at the age of 88. The Ancramdale resident died at a hospital in Hudson of complications from pneumonia, said his son, Martin Asinof. Asinof was best known for "Eight Men Out," his 1963 retelling of the "Black Sox" scandal in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox threw the 1919 World Series. He spent more than three years exhaustively researching the book, his son said.

Asinof was himself a minor-league ballplayer, briefly playing in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization before joining the Army and serving in World War II. Earlier this year, he completed a memoir about his wartime service, his son said.

"He was writing right up to the end," Martin Asinof said of his father.
It took Asinof three years of research to write "Eight Men Out." We can't help but wonder how many men were "called out" during that period of time.

[Canadian Press]

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