Posts tagged David Stinson

Weekend Trifecta – Hagerstown Suns, Turn the Page Bookstore, and WBAL

They say good things come in threes, right?  Or is it bad things?  Well, whatever it is, this weekend’s Deadball trifecta includes two book signings and a radio interview:

On Friday July 6th I’ll be signing books at the Hagerstown Suns Game starting at 6 pm.

Here’s the link:  Hagerstown Suns Official Site

On Saturday July 7th I’ll be signing books at Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro Maryland, starting at noon.

Here’s the link to the event: Turn The Page Bookstore 17th Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday July 8th I’ll be interviewed by Brett Hollander on WBAL Radio at 2:40 pm before the start of the Orioles/Angels game. Once the interview is aired, it will be posted on the WBAL website.

Here is a link to where you will be able to find it: Brett Hollander Show on WBAL

WBAL Sportsline With Brett Hollander

Just received word that on July 8th at approximately 2:40 p.m. my interview with Brett Hollander will be broadcast on WBAL – 1090 Radio AM, just before the start of the Orioles West Coast game against the Los Angeles Angels.  Mr. Hollander is the host of Baltimore’s top rated radio sports program Sportsline.  Be sure to tune in to hear all about my novel Deadball, Baltimore baseball, and the World Champion National League Baltimore Orioles of the 1890s.

The Big Glossy – Bethesda Magazine (May/June 2012)

In this world of internet blogs and facebook news feeds that fade “below the fold” within 15 minutes after posting, there’s something comfortable and reassuring about holding in your hand and reading old school media such as the thick, glossy magazine.  One such periodical,  Bethesda Magazine, covers the suburbs of Washington, D.C., north of the city and its latest edition (May/June 2012) includes a “Book Report” about my novel Deadball in Maria Leonard Olsen’s column “People Watcher.”

Ms. Olsen writes:  “Silver Spring resident and lifelong baseball fan David Stinson (Churchill ’78) retired from the law five year ago to write and be an at-home father.  Now he has come out with his first book, Deadball: A Metaphysical Baseball Novel (Huntington Park Publications, 2011).  Stinson often takes baseball road trips during the summer and searches out where some of the older parks once stood.  ‘That pursuit is really what inspired the Deadball storyline,’ he says.  ‘Although the story initially centered on old ballparks, eventually the focus shifts to what it is like  to be a person who sees and believes things most people don’t.’  Stinson blogs under his lead character’s name at”

Many thanks to Ms. Olsen and Bethesda Magazine for the nice write-up that you can actually hold in your hands.  If you’re standing in the check out line at the grocery store, the Book Report appears on page 52.

Cy Young and the Temperance Tavern Museum

In my book Deadball, A Metaphysical Baseball Novel, one of the many baseball-related places Byron Bennett visits is Newcomerstown, Ohio, the adopted home town of Cy Young (Young actually lived with his friends the Bendum’s in nearby Peoli, Ohio).  The Temperance Tavern Museum, located in Newcomerstown, boasts an impressive collection of Cy Young souvenirs and memorabilia.

The Temperance Tavern Museum, Newcomerstown, Ohio

First and foremost is Young’s complete 1908 Boston Red Sox uniform.  The uniform was donated to the museum by a woman who lived in Newcomerstown.  Her father was one of Young’s closest friends. The woman discovered the uniform in one of her father’s trunks years after her father died.

Cy Young's 1908 Red Sox Uniform

The glass display case that lines the right side of the Cy Young room includes numerous mementos from Young’s baseball career, as well as artifacts from his life in Peoli after retirement.

Cy Young Display Case, Temperance Tavern Museum

Perhaps most impressive of the post-baseball items is Young’s rocking chair.  According to local legend, in his later years, Young could often be found sitting in that chair on the front porch of the house where he lived.

Cy Young's Rocking Chair

The museum’s display includes the last hat and shoes Young ever wore.  The grey fedora and black high button shoes are sandwiched between a Boston Redsox penant and a replica of Young’s Hall of Fame plaque.

Cy Young's Last Hat and Shoes

Newcomerstown also has a little league field named in Young’s honor.  The house where he lived still stands (barely) in Peoli (see Cy Young Home).  The cemetery where he is buried is less than a mile from his former home.

Deadball – An Amazon Top 10 “Hot New Release In Sports Fiction”

As a kid, my brother and I used to listen to Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 Sunday mornings on WPGC.  Whether we heard the entire broadcast depended upon if our parents dragged us to the 8:00 mass, insuring that we were home in time for the 10:00 start time.   Somewhere in my house are cassette tape copies of shows I recorded by placing a Radio Shack microphone next to the speaker of my Motorola AM/FM radio.  Included among those tapes, undoubtedly, is the four-week stretch that Tony Orlando and Dawn’s Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree topped the charts in 1973. My brother and I  kept waiting week after week for that song to be dethroned, unappreciative, as we were at the time, of that song’s brilliance.

Since then, I have had a thing for lists, whether they be ranking the top ten presidents of the United States or to the top 10 portable dehumidifiers (thank you Consumer Reports).  So imagine my surprise when I learned today that after just one week in publication, Deadball was ranked (as of 12/1/11 at 4:00 pm EST) number 10 on’s list of “Hot New Releases In Sports Fiction.”  Not sure how that happened, but I’ll take it.

The Screen Grab Goes To 11, But Deadball Is No. 10

It’s far too early to say where making this list ultimately will rank in my “Top 100 Deadball Moments,” but early indications suggest it is shooting up the charts, with a bullet.



Deadball Arrives Five Years After Conception

Hello All:

The story told in Deadball first came into focus the winter of 2003, during a drive from Chicago’s Midway Airport to Rock Island, Illinois.  Working then for the Department of Justice, I was on my way to review Department of the Army documents for a case being litigated in the United States Court of Federal Claims. My traveling companion, agency counsel for the Army, was kind enough to listen to my concept for the book as we drove along I-88.

After leaving DOJ in October 2006 to be a stay-at-home dad (SAHD), I began work full time on the novel.  By the spring of 2007, I had a first draft, the ending of the book having come to me the previous fall while waiting in the parking lot for my youngest son to finish soccer practice.

By the spring of 2010, many drafts and rewrites later, Deadball was, I felt, ready to publish.  I was wrong, and for the next year, with the book continually crowning at about 9 cm, I labored to deliver the book for publication.

On November 23, 2011, Deadball arrived.  I hope you will buy a copy of the book and read it.  I encourage you to post a comment on this website, or a review on

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