Barnes: William Mead, St. Louis Browns author, dies at 83

From Bart Barnes at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on January 23, 2018, on SABR member William B. Mead:

William B. Mead, a journalist and baseball writer whose subjects included the hapless St. Louis Browns and their single wartime championship season and a “New York Yankees Haters Handbook,” died Dec. 14 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. He was 83.

The cause was a transected aorta, said a grandson, Brett Mead.

Mead, who held reporting jobs with United Press International and Money magazine early in his career, wrote seven books on baseball and was co-author of volumes on money management, tax savings and trivia.

His first, and possibly best-known book, was published in 1978, “Even the Browns: The Zany, True Story of Baseball in the Early Forties.” Sports Illustrated called it “marvelous, informative and fun to read.” Historically, the Browns had been considered one of major league baseball’s worst teams. That changed during World War II.

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Originally published: January 24, 2018. Last Updated: January 24, 2018.