Andrew Zimbalist – Scholar, Baseball Fan
Dr. Zimbalist’s "In the Best Interests of Baseball: The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig," the book he will discuss when he joins us May 11 over lunch, has been widely acclaimed.
Here is what some people are saying:
“I always thought Yogi Berra was the wisest source on baseball, but Zimbalist has hit a grand slam here.” Tom Werner, Chairman, Boston Red Sox
“Andrew Zimbalist has done a very credible, eminently readable and engaging job describing MLB`s commissioners, particularly Bud Selig, who easily has become the most significant figure in baseball in decades. While Selig will not necessarily share all of Zimbalist`s views about the game, In the Best Interests of Baseball has thoughtfully, and perhaps uniquely, tracked many of the thorny issues that Selig confronted during baseball`s new golden era.” John Moores, owner, San Diego Padres; member, MLB Executive Council
“Baseball books, like the game itself, are often replete with errors. But Andrew Zimbalist has written a carefully researched yet lively review of the record of the nine Commissioners that is both fair and accurate. It is long overdue and a superb read.” Fay Vincent, former commissioner of baseball.
"Once again, Andy Zimbalist proves that no one understands the mysterious inner workings of the best game on earth better than he does. With energy, thoughtfulness and passion, he has parsed the complicated world of baseball and shown how important its business side is to its soul - and its survival." Ken Burns, the celebrated PBS producer and baseball documentarian
Included among Dr. Zimbalist’s many other publishing accomplishments are:
"Baseball and Billions: A Probing Look Inside the Big Business of Our National Pastime," with Basic Books, a subsidiary of Harper Collins. Business Week listed "Baseball and Billions" as one of the top eight business books of 1992.
"Sports, Jobs and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums" with the Brookings Institution Press, which he co-edited and co-authored with Roger Noll, from Stanford University. The Wall Street Journal called "Sports, Jobs and Taxes." It was selected by Lingua Franca as a Breakthrough Book.
"May The Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy," with a foreword by Bob Costas. Early reviews of the book include the following. Harvard’s Paul Weiler called “May the Best Team Win" a great book, just the latest indication of why I tell my students at Harvard Andrew Zimbalist is the top sports economist in the country.”
"National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer," co-authored with Stefan Szymanski, was awarded the 2005 prize for “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice, the major review journal of the American Library Association. Bob Costas said "Baseball is America`s national pastime, but soccer is the world`s sporting passion. Whether you prefer Beckham or Bonds, the Boston Red Sox or Manchester United, you will be enlightened by this examination of the similarities and differences as seen by two of the sharpest minds in the field of sports business."
"The Bottom Line: Observations and Arguments on the Sports Business," the latest of Dr. Zimbalist’s books, was published by Temple University Press in 2006. Of it CBS sportscaster Leslie Visser wrote, “Andrew has taken important topics and given us a thoughtful, fascinating, and deeply prepared discussion of the games we hold so dear.”
Dr. Zimbalist’s articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, The Brookings Review, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, US News and World Report, Business Week, USA Today, Foreign Policy, World Development, Brill’s Content, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Seton Hall Journal of Sports Law, Le Monde Diplomatique, Latin American Research Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, Journal of Sports Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, The Milken Institute Review, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the New York Times Magazine, among other places.
He has appeared on numerous national radio and television talk shows discussing both international economics and the economics of sports and is an active participant on the lecture circuit. He wrote the foreword to the second edition of Bob Costas’ Fair Ball, is a contributing columnist for the Sports Business Journal and was chosen as the 1998 sports journalist of the year by the Village Voice. He did a bi-weekly commentary on the business of sports for NPR’s Marketplace during 2002-2004. PBS’ Wall Street Week with Fortune introduced him as the country’s leading sports economist. He serves as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Sports Economics.
Dr. Zimbalist is a Professor of Economics at Smith College. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1969 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1972 and 1974 respectively. He has been in the Economics Department at Smith College since 1974. He has consulted in Latin America for the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development and numerous companies, and he has consulted in the sports industry for players` associations, cities, companies, teams and leagues.
He lives with his wife and children in Northampton.