Bill wrote his first commentary for WBUR in 1984, and shortly thereafter his work began airing on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” where, for a few years, he hit second in a line-up that included Red Barber and Frank Deford.
A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Bill continues to teach one course each semester at Curry College, where he also serves as writer-in-residence.
Bill’s most recent book is “Only A Game.” He refuses to say where he got the title. Anyway, it’s a collection of radio commentaries and magazine articles published by University of Nebraska Press in 2007. His other books include “Fall Classics” (Crown Press, 2003), a collection of the best writing about the World Series which he edited with Richard Johnson; “The Circus in the Woods” (Houghton Mifflin, 2002); “Prospect” (Houghton Mifflin, 1989; paperback, 2000); “Baseball Days” (Houghton Mifflin, 1993; paperback Pond Press, 2000); “Champions: The Stories of Ten Remarkable Athletes” (Little, Brown, 1993; paperback, 1999); and “Keepers: Radio Stories from ‘Only A Game’ and Elsewhere” (Peninsula Press, 1999). He was the guest editor for Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Sports Writing in 1998.
For more information on Only A Game, visit the program website.