Author’s bullpen: An interview with Paul Dickson

From the SLA Baseball Caucus on January 15, 2013, with SABR member Paul Dickson:

This month, the Baseball Caucus is delighted to interview Paul Dickson, author of Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, published by Walker & Co. in 2012.

What is your typical research process/methodology:

It depends on the book and how deeply I hope to delve into the subject. For my 2012 biography of Bill Veeck I did a the largest share of my library research in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Library and in Washington at the Library of Congress. I also conducted more than 100 interviews for the book.

To what extent do you use: books, articles, databases, archival material, etc.?

I use all of these but I still tend to give primacy to primary sources. Two of my most valuable resources for the Veeck book were his FBI file, his military service record and a trove of over 300 short radio shows which Veeck had recorded for Armed Forces radio. The recordings were housed in the Library of Congress.

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Originally published: January 16, 2013. Last Updated: January 16, 2013.