Berg: Life of Iowa baseball legend Bob Oldis told in new biography

From Zach Berg at the Iowa City Press-Citizen on September 9, 2015, with mention of SABR member Steve Bratkovich:

When Steve Bratkovich of St. Paul, Minn., learned that World Series champion baseball player Bob Oldis lived in Iowa City, he knew he had to meet him.

Bratkovich was growing up in western Pennsylvania when Oldis played for the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates, the team that would topple the New York Yankees in dramatic fashion in the World Series that year. Decades later, in October 2013, Bratkovich sent a letter to Oldis and asked if they could meet.

Oldis said yes, and a book was born.

After 18 months of interviewing Oldis and family members, and another 18 months writing and editing, “Bob Oldis: A Baseball Life” was published. It was released Tuesday.

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Originally published: September 10, 2015. Last Updated: September 10, 2015.