This is the online home of John Eisenberg, the Baltimore-based author and sportswriter. You have found the place where you can learn 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, "The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken, and Baseball's Most Historic Record," is being published on July 4, 2017, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. More than four years in the making, the book is an in-depth examination of baseball's Iron Man record, which Gehrig and Ripken made famous. John will release a schedule of bookstore events and signing appearances before publication.
Few achievements in any sport have generated more acclaim than the consecutive-game streaks of Gehrig, Ripken and others, yet for decades such feats have also generated quiet doubts about their significance. In the book, John holds the record up to the light, explore its history and underlying philosophy, and ask questions. Where did the idea of playing every day for years come from? Who thought it was a good idea? Is it, in fact, a good idea? How did Gehrig and Ripken do it? Was one streak somehow more genuine than the other? Aside from their exploits, how has the record evolved? Where does today’s game stand on such feats?
Aside from his work an author, John also has his feet firmply planted in the current sports world. Since August 2012, he 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.
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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