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Eliot Asinof, 1919-2008
2008-06-10 20:55
by Bob Timmermann

Eliot Asinof, author of the one most famous baseball books ever, Eight Men Out, passed away Tuesday in Hudson, New York at age 88 of complications from pneumonia.

Although Asinof wrote many books and a novel of his titled Final Judgment is due out this fall, his most famous book was the 1963 history of the 1919 Chicago White Sox and their conspiracy to throw the World Series. The book was made into a film by John Sayles in 1988. Asinof had a small role in that film as NL President John Heydler.


2008-06-10 22:27:58
1.   Jon Weisman
Oh. Rest in peace.
2008-06-10 22:44:39
2.   Eric Enders
Asinof was also in another Sayles film, Sunshine State. I think he played an elderly golfer, IIRC.
2008-06-10 22:50:40
3.   Bob Timmermann
You are correct. That film did not have the restricted running time that Eight Men Out did.

It's a bit leisurely.

2008-06-11 06:00:50
4.   Alex Belth
Sad news. I recently asked Ray Robinson, a dear friend of Asinof's for Asinof's number as I was interested in speaking with him, interviewing him. And Ray, out of respect for his friend, declined, saying that he was in bad shape and wouldn't want to embarass him.

I just got Asinof's baseball novel, "Man on Spikes" in the mail last week.

2008-06-11 12:07:48
5.   Eric Enders
Of course Asinof, like Pat Jordan, was a former minor leaguer. Man on Spikes was his fictionalization of that experience.
2008-06-11 12:12:11
6.   Eric Enders
And now I see that Alex has a whole post about that. Nice.

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