Talmage Boston – Biographical Brief
Talmage Boston has lectured on baseball history at:
- Princeton University
- the National Baseball Hall of Fame
- Houston`s Museum of Fine Arts
- SMU`s Cox School of Business
Boston`s essays on baseball have appeared in:
- the Dallas Morning News
- Fort Worth Star Telegram
- the National Baseball Hall of Fame magazine
- the Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives
- SABR`s Baseball Research Journal
- Elysian Fields Quarterly
- the Dallas Business Journal
- And on the walls of the Nolan Ryan Center in Alvin, Texas
In recognition of his work, the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Boston as a Media Member.
In the civic arena, Talmage serves as a director for:
- the Society For American Baseball Research (Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter)
- the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation
- the SMU Athletic Forum
He and his wife, Claire, reside in Dallas, Texas. A shareholder and commercial litigator with the law firm of Winstead PC, Boston has been named a "Super Lawyer" in Texas Monthly magazine every year from 2003 - 2008, and currently serves on the State Bar of Texas board of directors.
What People Have Said About Boston’s Books:
“MEANWHILE, I read the Baseball and the Boomers book on the plane back to Philadelphia last night. I`ll probably read 1939 this weekend. To be succinct – you are the best baseball writer alive. I haven`t enjoyed a baseball book this much since Peter Golenbock`s "Dynasty." The Mantle-Piersall pairing is brilliant. The Maris chapter is superb. The Robinson chapter provides the best explanation and account of Robinson`s selection (and ordeal) of any I`ve read. Yaz is great-- so is the Brown chapter. Can`t wait to read 1939.”
-- DAVID EISENHOWER, in a note to Talmage Boston, after speaking in Dallas on his own book, “Going Home to Glory”
"That`s because Boston (author of the 2005 book 1939: Baseball`s Tipping Point) does a superb job of striking a chord with baseball fans of the last several decades by pushing the right buttons..."
-- ALLEN BARRA, nationally renowned sportswriter
"Talmage Boston, a trial lawyer and baseball historian, is at the top of his game in this terrific tome that has detailed essays and strong opinions..." --HARVEY FROMMER, author of sports books
"A booming homer to right field, right where Maris would have put it."
-- TOM HOFFARTH, LA Times, farther off the wall (April 17, 2009)
"This is an enjoyable book that drips with the loving emotion of a lifetime baseball fan..."
-- RICK SHAQ GOLDSTEIN (April 19, 2009)
"Boston writes today with the same passion he had for the game when his thoughtful father guided him to Cooperstown while a senior in high school to avoid an embarrassing honeymoon."
-- SID DORFMAN, New Jersey Sports
""Opening Boston`s book is a bit like wandering in on a good sports discussion in a bar. After you leave, you feel you`ve not only learned something, but also been honored to be in the company of those telling their tales."
-- ROBERT FRANCIS, Fort Worth Business Press
"But, it’s a well researched, somewhat uniquely constructed and a very pleasant reading experience - whether you’re a Baby Boomer or not. If you’re a baseball fan, and enjoy reading about it, I recommend that you consider checking out this book."
-- STEVE LOMBARDI, WasWatching.com (March 15, 2009)
"Different players are heroes to different people. Talmage`s selection of principals about whom he chose to write -- from Jackie Robinson to Bart Giamatti -- reveals what matters to him probably better than any traditional Rorschach test ever would. He seems to be at his most passionate -- and good for him -- in defending the feats of Roger Maris and Nolan Ryan from the ravages of the steroid era. But then it`s natural that we are invariably more impressed with the players of our youth. They seem to us to be bigger in every way then, and surely more indelible."
-- FRANK DEFORD, from his Foreword, Six time National Sportswriter of the Year, Commentator, National Public Radio
"When I opened Baseball and the Baby Boomer in the first time, my expectations were high for another great baseball history book by Talmage. But more than just history, when I read it, I began to think I was reading a love story -- love of the game, love for its heroes, and love for the values and lessons the game has taught the Baby Boomer generation."
--LOU BROCK, from his Preface, Baseball Hall of Famer
"Talmage Boston`s new book is a powerful statement of what baseball has meant to America`s fans since World War II -- in the Civil Rights movement, the television era, the challenges to the game`s integrity, and the binding of one generation to the next."
--TIM McCARVER, Fox television analyst, Former major league catcher
"Baseball has brought great joy to the life of Talmage Boston, and that joy washed over me as I devoured his book. Baseball and the Baby Boomer perfectly evokes the shared memories of our generation, but speaks to all generations of fans who find pleasure and meaning in baseball."
-- DAVID MARANISS, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Author, Clemente: the Passion and Grace of Baseball`s Last Hero
"Talmage Boston really loves and cares about baseball, and it shows in every page of his new book. I was especially taken by his chapter on John Grisham."
-- TIM KURKJIAN, ESPN baseball analyst, Author, Is This A Great Game, or What?
"Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, Talmage Boston brings new life to our Grand Old Game in Baseball and the Baby Boomer"
-- DAN SHAUGHNESSY, The Boston Globe sports columnist, Author, Senior Year: A Father, A Son, and High School Baseball
"Talmage Boston is a passionate baseball fan and historian. In his book, Baseball and the Baby Boomer, Boston infuses the game of baseball with a strong dose of humanity, integrity, and personal insight. After reading the chapter on my father, I sent Talmage an email saying: "Superb!"
-- SHARON ROBINSON, Vice Chairperson, Jackie Robinson Foundation, Author, Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America
"Equal parts passionate fan and clear-eyed historian, Talmage Boston is perfectly equipped to guide us through baseball`s rollicking last half-century, as it has changed all the time yet somehow stayed the same."
-- ROB NEYER, ESPN.com baseball columnist, Author, Rob Neyer`s Big Book of Baseball Legends