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From Fiction to Fact: We’re Playing in the Championship Game

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 Posted in Family, Six Innings | 4 Comments »


This coming Saturday, I'll be coaching a Little League team of 11- and 12-year-old boys in a championship game. For the 12's, this game will be the culmination of their Little League experience. Some boys will move up to play ...

The Similarity Between Reading and Baseball

Monday, February 6th, 2012 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Six Innings | 2 Comments »


I have written exactly one piece of fan mail in my life, to the baseball writer, Roger Angell. I'm sorry, that tag does him a disservice; Angell is a writer, period, a great one, a crafter of sublime sentences, a ...

Poetry Friday: “In a Red Baseball Cap” by James Preller

Thursday, October 13th, 2011 Posted in Six Innings, the writing process | No Comments »


Just dug this unpublished poem out of the file cabinet, must have written it about 25-30 years ago, so might as well finally see the light of day. I always liked this one, that connection between the boy and Willie ...

More on Book Covers: New Paperback Cover for SIX INNINGS

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 Posted in Six Innings | 6 Comments »


In 2008, Feiwel & Friends published my first hardcover novel, Six Innings, a book that was eventually named An ALA Notable. The cover was fabulous, featuring the work of gifted illustrator Chris Sheban, whose style you might recognize from the covers ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #120: On Reading & Rollercoasters

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 Posted in Fan Mail, Six Innings, the writing process | No Comments »


I love hearing from readers of Six Innings, maybe because it's the kind of book that I would have read as a boy that age. I feel a connection to those guys. I replied: Dear Drew, Oh my, time flies. It looks ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #119: Play Ball!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 Posted in Fan Mail, Six Innings | No Comments »


Here's one from Wyatt . . . I replied: Dear Wyatt, Thanks for your letter. I'm sorry for the delay in my reply. Despite my best efforts, every year I seem to reach a point when I get hopelessly behind in my fan ...

Alan Silberberg Interview . . . Part Two

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Six Innings | 1 Comment »


If you missed Part One of the Alan Silberberg Interview, it's absurd for you to be here. I mean, really. Please follow the link to catch up. Don't worry, we'll wait . . . [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wi8Fv0AJA4] Late in the book, Milo gathers ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #108: Boy reads book, shoots bear, continues reading book, writes report, asks for signed copy

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 Posted in Fan Mail, Six Innings | 5 Comments »


I'll admit it: Sometimes fan mail can get a little repetitive, become a chore. That's not a complaint, I realize how lucky I am, and blessed, but there's a lot of letters I don't share here with my Nation of ...

College Applications: Writing the “Parent Perspective”

Monday, January 24th, 2011 Posted in Family, Six Innings | No Comments »


My oldest son is a high school senior, gearing up for college. We're in the application phase, after whittling down the choices to eight colleges. It fell upon me to write the parent perspective, which I did a while back. As ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #102

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 Posted in Fan Mail, Six Innings | No Comments »


Here's a letter from Frank in Secaucus, New Jersey! Hold on while I warm up the scanner . . . I replied: Hi, Frank. Thanks for the letter. It sounds like we've got a lot in common, since I'm also a huge baseball ...