This is the online home of John Eisenberg, the Baltimore-based author and sportswriter. You have come to the right place to find out about John’s books, buy them, track his latest columns and opinions, check out his blog, and get in touch with him.
John's latest volume of sports non-fiction, "Ten Gallon War: The NFL's Cowboys, the AFL's Texans and the Feud for Dallas' Football Future," was released on Oct. 2, 2012. Three years in the making and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, it recounts the tale of the rollicking football war that took place in Dallas in the early 1960s between franchises owned by Clint Murchison, Jr., and Lamar Hunt. John promoted the book with appearances in Dallas, Kansas City, Houston, Austin and Baltimore in the fall of 2012 and early 2013. On Sept. 1, 2013, it was named one of the top 10 sports books of the year by Booklist, a major book industry publication.
"A fascinating, now largely forgotten chapter in pro football's history," Booklist called it.
Since August 2012, John has worked as the columnist at baltimoreravens.com, the official site of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League -- winners of Super Bowl XXXVII. This job marks his return to opinion-writing in a market in which he was the lead columnist for The Baltimore Sun for two decades. John posts two columns per week on the site, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and also writes postgame analysis.
You can check out what he has to say on Twitter, where he posts regularly.
John’s most recent book before this one was “That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory.” No matter if he is writing about a famous football coach, a heartbroken horse racing jockey, or a pitcher who wins 20 games, John is known for unearthing original stories and bringing them to life with his clear-eyed analysis and lively narrative style. His previous book topics include the history of the Baltimore Orioles, his experience as a young fan of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s, the tragic breakdown of the horse Barbaro, and an outrageous North-South horse race that captivated the nation in 1823.
A native Texan, John graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and began his writing career at the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald in 1979. He came to Baltimore around the time when the Colts left and the Orioles last won the World Series – yes, awhile ago. For most of the past quarter-century he was a Baltimore Sun columnist, hopping the globe to cover such major events as the Super Bowl, World Series, Kentucky Derby, Final Four, Masters, Olympics, Wimbledon and soccer’s World Cup.
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