John Thorn: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

John Thorn

Official Historian for Major League Basebal

When it comes to America’s Pastime, there is no shortage of facts and legends that tell the stories of the origins of the game. The difficulty arises in trying to discern the myths from the real history.

That’s precisely what John Thorn has done in his latest book, Baseball in the Garden of Eden. Thorn examines the different tales about the origins of baseball – from Abner Doubleday to Alexander Cartwright – and provides us with a far more complex tale about how the game arose and grew to prominence.

Rather than being invented in one time and place by a single person, Thorn tells us about the different versions that arose in New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, which were eventually blended into one cohesive sport. But what influence did the Civil War have on the spread of the game? Who decided to space the bases 90 feet apart from each other? No matter how much one knows about the origins of baseball, Thorn can shed new light on their knowledge.

Thorn’s pedigree as one of the esteemed baseball historians in the world makes him the ideal person to take on such a task. He was named the official historian of Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig in March, 2011 after spending more than 30 years writing about and researching the sport. He is the co-author and editor of the widely popular Total Baseball, the official encyclopedia of MLB, and served as the chief consultant on Ken Burns’ epic miniseries “Baseball.”
The son of Polish Jewish refugees, Thorn was born in Stuttgart, West Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1949. He graduated from Beloit College in 1968, and currently lives in upstate New York.

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  • Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game
  • The Evolution of Baseball Statistics

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