Walter Wellesley Smith (Red Smith) was born on Septmber 25, 1905 in Green Bay Wisconsin. He attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated in 1927. He began his sports writing career at the St. Louis Journal, then the Philadelphia Record and the New York Herald Tribune. He wrote three columns a week that were printed in 275 newspapers. Throughout his writing career Red Smith earned several awards. In 1976 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He also received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976. This is baseball's highest honor for print journalists. His title's include The Best of Red Smith, Views of Sport amd Out of the Red. He died on January 15, 1982.
Daniel Okrent is an editor-at-large at TIME, INC., and has published four books, including the best-selling BASEBALL ANECDOTES and NINE INNINGS: THE ANATOMY OF A BASEBALL GAME. The author resides in New York City.