Ira Berkow was a sports columnist and feature writer for the New York Times for 26 years. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2001 and was finalist for the Pulitzer for Distinguished Commentary in 1988. Ira is author of 24 book, including the bestsellers Red: A Biography of Red Smith and Maxwell Street: Survivor in a Bazaar, and seven collections of his newspaper and magazine columns, including two exclusively on baseball, Summers in the Bronx, primarily about the New York Yankees and their American League rivals, and Summers at Shea, primarily about the Mets and their National League rivals. Mr. Berkow lives in New York City with his wife, Dolly.
Jim Kaplan is author of 19 books, including 13 on baseball. Called the "poet laureate" of fielding by George Will, Kaplan has written two books on the subject, as well as histories of the Red Sox, Giants, and Yankees. His latest is The Greatest Game Ever Played: Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn and the Pitching Duel of the Century. Jim spent 16 years at Sports Illustrated before turning to freelance writing. He is also a bridge columnist and teacher, dividing his time between Northampton, MA and Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, with his wife Brooks Robards.