Bill Dwyre

Hard to Heart
How boxer Tim Bradley won championships and respect

One of the nation’s premier sports editors and boxing journalists, Bill Dwyre authored Back Story Publishing’s first title, Hard to Heart.

Dwyre served as the award-winning sports editor of the Los Angeles Times for 25 years, and then as a columnist at the paper for another nine years before his retirement in 2015. He was cited for special excellence with the coveted Nat Fleisher Award by the Boxing Writers Association of America in March 2017.

In addition to his book on Bradley, Dwyre serves as the chief executive of Back Story Publishing, whose goal is to engage young readers through sports and the written word.


Ron Fairly

Fairly at Bat
My 50 years in baseball, from the batter’s box to the broadcast booth

After a 21-year career as a Major League player, including two All-Star Game selections and as a member of three World Series champion teams, Ron Fairly knows baseball.

He also knows how to tell entertaining stories about it, from the perspective of a player and also from 27 years as a radio and television broadcaster. His just-published memoir is his first book, written in collaboration with best-selling sports journalist Steve Springer.

A standout player at the University of Southern California Fairly was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958 and played with his “home team” for more than a decade, during which the Dodgers won four pennants and three World Series titles in 1959, 1963 and 1965.

Fairly’s stories from those days draw on a cast of characters and big-name stars such as Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Duke Snider. The book also has a Foreword written by veteran Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.

Besides the Dodgers, Fairly played for Montreal, St. Louis, Oakland, Toronto and the California Angels, retiring in 1968 with a .268 career batting average, 215 home runs and 1,044 runs batted in.

He turned to broadcasting in 1979 and called games on radio for the Angels, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners over the next 27 seasons. He was named to the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.


Jim Hayden

The Pluck of the Irish
10 Notre Dame sports figures who made a difference

Jim Hayden graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts. He has an Masters in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. Some of the subjects of The Pluck of the Irish and several of its sources were his classmates at Notre Dame. A former senior partner and creative director at Ogilvy & Mather in New York and Los Angeles, Hayden earned more than two dozen national and international creative awards. His clients included Mattel, American Express, Dollywood and Paramount Pictures, and many others.

He decided to become a free agent in 1997 and as a freelance copywriter, he has created and supported campaigns for 20th Century Fox, Gensler Architects, Jaaks Pacific, Microsoft, Universal City Hollywood and many more.

He conceived of the London Underground line of youth-oriented fashion, obtained the necessary approvals and is the worldwide licensing agent for the British fashion line known as “The Underground.”

For many years, Hayden has been the weekly voice of world, sports and national news on the Braille Institute’s network for the blind and reading disabled.

He was born and raised in Shepherd, Michigan, but grew up in New York, and currently resides in Beverly Hills, California.


Peter Schmuck

Orioles’ Big Bird
Mark Trumbo speaks softly, but carries a big stick

Award-winning baseball writer Peter Schmuck has written more than 10,000 stories over his career with the Orange County Register, the Baltimore Sun, Baseball America, The Sporting News and others. But this is his first book.

Having covered baseball for more than 40 years, Schmuck had exactly the right background to understand the twists and turns of Trumbo’s journey from Little League in Orange County, California to the minors and finally to the big leagues. Born in Southern California, he attended Cal State Fullerton and spent 13 years as a beat reporter for the Register, covering both the Dodgers and the Angels from 1977-90.

From there, he moved across the country to the Sun, covering the Orioles and graduating to the paper’s national baseball writer and then to writing the lead sports column, “The Schmuck Stops Here.”

He also hosts a weekly radio show on WBAL 1090 in Baltimore. He has contributed to other books, including a multi-author picture book on Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan and as a co-author on the 2001 biography, Cal: Celebrating the Career of a Baseball Legend, about Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken.

He’s also been witness to some of the greatest moments in sports as a reporter on 25 World Series, seven Super Bowls, the NBA Finals, the Olympic Games and many others. He was part of the U.S. delegation that helped organize the historic 1999 home-and-home goodwill series between the Orioles and a Cuban All-Star team, the first cooperative contact between Major League Baseball and Cuba in nearly 40 years.

Schmuck has been recognized by his peers for his excellent work, including six selections as the Maryland Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. He served as president of the Baseball Writers Association of America in 2006.


Steve Springer

Fairly at Bat
My 50 years in baseball, from the batter’s box to the broadcast booth

As a 25-year staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, Steve Springer knows sports. His newest work – Fairly at Bat – in conjunction with Ron Fairly is his 14th book, many about noteworthy people in sports, including New York Times best-seller American Son, a memoir written with boxer Oscar De La Hoya. Springer also achieved best-selling status in Southern California with his books about Lakers announcer Chick Hearn and Dodgers general manager Fred Claire.

Springer is a member of the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Nat Fleisher Award, conferred by the Boxing Writers Assn. of America.