The grandson of Italian immigrants, Lawrence Baldassaro grew up in Chicopee, Massachusetts, where he played high school, American Legion, and semipro baseball. He is a professor of Italian and comparative literature and the director of the University Honors Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has edited The Ted Williams Reader (1991) and has published articles on baseball in numerous journals. He is also a regular contributor to Lead Off, the Milwaukee Brewers' magazine, and, for a few weeks in 1992, pitched batting practice for the Brewers.
Joel S. Franks teaches Asian American and ethnic studies at San Jose State University and De Anza College in Cupertino, California. He is the author of Crossing Sidelines, Crossing Cultures: Sport and Asian Pacific American Cultural Citizenship (2000) and Whose Baseball?: The National Pastime and Cultural Diversity in California, 1859–1941 (2001).
Larry R. Gerlach, a professor of American sports history at the University of Utah and past president of the Society for American Baseball Research, grew up in a Volga Deutsch neighborhood in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he learned more about ethnicity and baseball than he realized at the time. He became a Yankee fan at age eight after seeing his first movie, The Pride of the Yankees, which poignantly brought together his love for baseball and his German heritage. He is the author of The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires (1980; rev. ed., 1994).
Frederick Ivor-Campbell edited Baseball's First Stars (1996) and has contributed to numerous encyclopedias and journals, including Total Baseball, Biographical Dictionary of American Sports, The National Pastime, and American National Biography. He was twice elected vice president of the Society for American Baseball Research.
Richard A. Johnson, who has served as the curator of the Sports Museum of New England since 1982, is the author or coauthor of seven books, including DiMaggio: An Illustrated Life (1995), Ted Williams: A Portraitin Words and Pictures (1991), Red Sox Century (2000) and, most recently, Boston Braves (2001).