John Rosengren – Biographical Brief
John is an award-winning author whose books include: Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes, The Fight of their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball`s Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption, and Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win.
His articles have appeared in Men`s Journal, Reader`s Digest, Runner`s World, Sports Illustrated and Utne Reader, among other publications.
He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, the American Society of Journalists & Authors, and Biographers International Organization. He earned his master`s in creative writing from Boston University, where he studied with Saul Bellow and Derek Walcott.
He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Maria and their two children. And he plays catcher for the Richfield Rockets in a 35-over baseball league.
Ian Browne – Biographical Brief
Covering the Boston Red Sox for MLB.com is Ian Browne`s beat, and Ian will tell you there is no better beat in baseball than his.
Born in Detroit, he grew in Boston, saw his first Red Sox game in 1980, and always wanted to see the Red Sox win a World Series.
That dream came true in 2004, in Ianís third year of covering the Red Sox for MLB.com, when Boston won its first World Series in 86 years. Since that amazing season, the Red Sox have won two more World Series, in 2007 and 2013.
Ian lives in West Roxbury, MA, with his wife, Amy, and their three boys, Tyler, Ryan, and Casey.
In his eight years with the Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth led the team to four World Series wins. Ruth`s sale to the Yankees in 1919 began one of the longest droughts in American sports history. For 86 years, the Red Sox failed to win another World Series.
In 2004, all that changed as a group of self-proclaimed idiots stormed their way through the playoffs, overcame the "Curse of the Bambino," and won the World Series. They banished the curse in rare style, first defeating the Anaheim Angels 3-0 to win the division, then overcoming a 3-0 deficit to beat the infamous New York Yankees, and finally sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0.
This book tells the story behind that amazing season through interviews with the men who changed Red Sox history forever.
"While Red Sox Nation basks in the afterglow of 2013, Ian Browne sheds light on the most important Sox season of them all the 2004 season. This is the year that everything changed." -- Dan Shaughnessy, co-author, Francona: TheRed Sox Years
"Idiots Revisited, Ian Browne`s peek behind the curtain of the 2004 Red Sox, is endearing, entertaining and revealing. You thought you knew everything about this team? Guess again." -- Jackie MacMullan, ESPN
"Ian`s storytelling capability, coupled with his near perfect utilization of player anecdotes, makes for a comfortable read that had me forgetting that I was on my living room couch, deep in nostalgic thought." -- Gabe Kapler