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This newsletter will provide periodic dispatches from my reporting trips as I write a book for Doubleday exploring the importance of small town baseball in bringing people together. It will include accounts and photos from my travels, using baseball to provide a window into life in places far from the big cities that too often dominate our news and culture. I will introduce the subscriber to the devoted fans, management, players, and coaches who populate this fascinating - yet endangered - ecosystem.

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I am a former infantry officer and now a writer. I live outside Pittsburgh with my wife, Marcy, and our two kids.