Wulf: Who was the real Myles Thomas?

From SABR member Steve Wulf at The Diary of Myles Thomas on October 21, 2016:

Who was Myles Thomas?

1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas” at its core is a historical novel in the form of a diary of the ’27 Yankees legendary season; and the Myles Thomas of our diary is a fictionalized character — except for his lifetime statistics and 1927 pitching performances.

Like Nick Carraway in the “The Great Gatsby,” the diary’s Myles Thomas serves as a window through which readers can experience the Roaring Twenties. As the protagonist of “1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas,” Myles takes us on a journey through the real-life nexus of baseball, jazz and Prohibition, and along the way encounters the biggest personalities of the time: his Hall of Fame teammates, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri and Waite Hoyt; Yankee manager, Miller Huggins; and other baseball immortals of the day, such as Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Grover Cleveland Alexander.

In the diary, Myles also encounters other larger-than-life historical figures from the 1920s, including Al Capone, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Andrew “Rube” Foster, Barbara Stanwyck and the man who fixed the 1919 World Series and created organized crime in America, Arnold Rothstein, and was at the height of his power in 1927.

But who really was Myles Thomas?

Read the full article here: https://1927-the-diary-of-myles-thomas.espn.com/who-was-myles-thomas-91f95aad5a58#.4flhiudgz

Originally published: October 21, 2016. Last Updated: October 21, 2016.