I am happy to announce that the biography of Williamsport’s own Boots Poffenberger on which I have been working for two years will be published by Summer Game Books, with a scheduled release date of some time this summer. Boots Poffenberger was one of baseball’s all-time great characters as I have written about in the past on this blog. Click on this link to see what I mean. If you do, you’ll also note that I’m only one year behind the very unrealistic schedule that I set for myself! It worked out well, however, because Summer Game Books is a newly formed publisher and I am very happy to be working with Walter Friedman and the entire staff.
The current title, One Man Gas House Gang: The Baseball Life of Boots Poffenberger is being debated. My original title was I Ain’t Even Started Thinkin’ Yet: The Life and Legend of Boots Poffenberger. Since then, I’ve come up with The First Baron of Baseball: The Crazy Career of Boots Poffenberger. (Boots was nicknamed “The Baron” when he pitched for the Detroit Tigers.) Of course, in this age of Internet searches, certain keywords are very important in helping to sell a book. If Walter determines that Dirty Socks and a Can of Beer will sell the most copies, then that is what the title will be. (Believe it or not, that title would actually apply to Boots.) If you have any suggestions, please let me know! You don’t even have to test-market them.