About the author

John Rosengren is the author of eight books, including Hank Greenberg:  The Hero of Heroes, the definitive biography about the Hall of Fame slugger and first Jewish sports star in America, and Blades of Glory:  The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win, about a season spent with a high school hockey powerhouse in Minnesota, where hockey is life.

A freelance journalist based in Minneapolis, John has played tennis against the world’s top-ranked wheelchair player, profiled a woman shot in the head by hijackers, chronicled the lives of homeless high school students, told the story of an American priest martyred in Guatemala and explored the underworld of undertakers. His hundreds of articles over the past three decades have appeared in magazines ranging from Reader’s Digest to Sports Illustrated. His books and articles have won various awards. See more at www.johnrosengren.net

John is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors, Biographers International Organization, Internet Baseball Writers Association of America and Society for American Baseball Research.

He earned a bachelor’s degree with an English major at St. John’s University, where he studied with J. F. Powers and Jon Hassler, and completed his master’s degree in creative writing at Boston University, under the tutelage of Saul Bellow and Derek Walcott.

John lives with his wife Maria, their two children, and a golden retriever named Honey on Lake Harriet. He plays catcher for the Richfield Rockets in a hardball, wooden bat 35-over league.