I’ve been in love with baseball since I could walk. It’s the first sport I played and remember watching regularly. A passion for baseball is something author Doug Wilson and I have in common.
The 53-year-old Columbus, Ind. ophthalmologist has written three baseball biographies in the past four years. He began in 2010 with Fred Hutchinson and the 1964 Cincinnati Reds about late Reds manager Fred Hutchinson. He followed his debut with with a 2013 offering — The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych — which chronicled the colorful, late Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych.
His latest book that was published in March is Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson. It is that book that chronicles the Little Rock native’s career that landed Wilson a spot on the Arkansas Literary Festival speaker’s docket. Wilson discusses the book at 1 p.m. Saturday at Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library, Darragh Center.
I visited with Wilson for an article published in this week’s Sync Magazine. Of course, with my interest in baseball, there were too many questions to publish. Here is the bonus material from our conversation.
Who was your favorite player growing up?
My favorite was … Read more >
My basketball coaching record is perfect, and I don’t expect that to change Saturday. After a 22-year hiatus, I’m “coaching” the South Men’s College All-Stars in the Arkansas College Basketball All-Star Game at Summit Arena in Hot Springs. Joining me on the bench is legendary University of Arkansas sharp-shooting guard Al Dillard, who 20 years ago helped the Razorbacks win the National Championship.
I’m confident our group of players from the smaller schools in the state will run past the North, comprised mainly of Arkansas and Arkansas State players, and coached by Northwest Arkansas radio personality Ched “The Ugly Uncle” Carpenter and Dillard’s former teammate, Clint McDaniel. The South is the obvious underdog, but more on that in a moment.
In the spring of 1992, my then-14-year-old brother informed me the older brother of one his teammates ditched the traveling team he played on. A tournament approached, and they needed a coach. I gladly chipped in, and guided my brother’s team to the tournament championship. It was a combination of a wide-open, freelance offense I emphasized combined with their ability to hit shots. A press, we ran on the varsity squad, also worked well.
Not a bad coaching debut, … Read more >