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BuckDub, better sit down. RIP Eliot Asinof

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by ServeItUp, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    Author of ``Eight Men Out'' dies
    HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — Eliot Asinof, an author who invited readers behind the scenes of the sports world with books including ``Eight Men Out,'' died Tuesday at the age of 88.
    The Ancramdale resident died at a hospital in Hudson of complications from pneumonia, said his son, Martin Asinof.
    Asinof was best known for ``Eight Men Out,'' his 1963 retelling of the ``Black Sox'' scandal in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox threw the 1919 World Series. He spent more than three years exhaustively researching the book, his son said.
    The book was made into a 1988 movie by the same name starring John Cusack, Charlie Sheen and Christopher Lloyd.
    The Manhattan native wrote more than a dozen books, included 1968's ``Seven Days to Sunday,'' for which he spent a year traveling and living with the New York Giants football team. A novel, ``Final Judgment,'' is due to be published later this year, his son said.
    Asinof was himself a minor-league ballplayer, briefly playing in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization before joining the Army and serving in World War II. Earlier this year, he completed a memoir about his wartime service, his son said.
    ``He was writing right up to the end,'' Martin Asinof said of his father.
    The elder Asinof also wrote for television and film, working on Western shows ``Maverick'' and ``Wagon Train,'' his son said.
    During the McCarthy era, Asinof was blacklisted, and had to resort to writing under the names of other writers, his son said. Years later, after he obtained his FBI file, he told his son that he had been targeted because he once signed a petition outside of Yankee Stadium saying that black ballplayer Jackie Robinson should be allowed to play in the Major Leagues.
    Asinof married Jocelyn Brando, the sister of actor Marlon Brando, after meeting when she was appearing on Broadway.
    His parents met, Martin Asinof said, when his father was dating Rita Moreno, and the Brando siblings — who were starring in separate productions on Broadway at the time — joined them for dinner. Moreno and Marlon Brando left together, and the other two became smitten with each other. By 1955, they were divorced.
  2. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Oh, fuck. He was in pretty good shape just recently, too. Damn, that really, really sucks. :'(
  3. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    In spite of its flaws, "Eight Men Out" was (and is) a monumental treasure to baseball fans, writers and historians everywhere.

    Not surprisingly, that book changed my life.
  4. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    And your story about how it did is one of my favorite memories from the Song Memory thread.

    "Chain.... keep us together..."
  5. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I just watched that movie again today -- second time in a week. It must have been a sign.
  6. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Thanks, f_t.

    FWIW, Asinof was a minor league player himself. Here's his career record: http://minors.sabrwebs.com/cgi-bin/player.php?milbID=asinof001eli
  7. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    So sorry, Buck... just bought the special-edition DVD and watched the second of the special features today.

    Loved the book, enjoyed the movie.

  8. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    RIP to a man who, in a roundabout way, is responsible for the decor in my living room.
  9. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Enjoyed reading both Eight Men and Seven Days.

    A sad day. RIP
  10. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    "Seven Days" has always been one of my favorite sports books.

    RIP to a great writer.
  11. StevieNicks

    StevieNicks Member

    That was funny.
  12. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    He made a great contribution to the baseball world
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