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John Grossmann

John Grossmann has been a freelance writer of magazine articles and books for nearly all of his working career. He has written on as wide a range of topics as implied by the following list of magazines that have published his work: Air & Space/Smithsonian, Audubon, Cigar Aficionado, Esquire, Geo, Gourmet, Health, Inc., National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Parade, Saveur, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, and USA Weekend. He ghostwrote the 2006 book Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads (Ten Speed Press); and before that wrote the 100-year history of one of the nation’s oldest and most successful summer camps, YMCA Camp Belknap, which he attended as a camper and leader and where his two sons have also been campers and leaders.
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December 17, 2008

From the day I attended my first major league game at Wrigley Field as a seven-year-old, bringing my first mitt, of course, I’ve been in love with the game of baseball—for all the reasons you often read about (the timeless nature of the contest because there’s no clock, the awesome arc of a titanic home run, and the spider’s web of statistics that entrap so many), but a couple more reasons as well. I’m a general manager of a fantasy baseball team in a league of old friends. Baseball is the glue that helps hold us together. I’m also a collector of ballparks—that is, I try to attend a game in as many different... see more

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