About Steve Steinberg
Steve Steinberg is a baseball historian of the early 20th century. During
the time he sold his family’s 80-year-old apparel business in 1998, his
ten-year-old son was collecting baseball cards, and Steve rediscovered his
1950s Topps baseball cards. He quickly reconnected with the game he loved
as a child and turned to baseball research and writing, nurturing his
passion for baseball history. His focus is on bringing back long-forgotten
personalities —recovering them—by telling their stories and thus having
them discovered once again.
Steve collaborated on a book with author Lyle Spatz, 1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York. This was the year of not only the first New York Yankees' pennant, but also one of Babe Ruth's greatest seasons and the first all-New York City World Series (against the New York Giants). The book was awarded the 2011 Seymour Medal as the best baseball book of 2010. Steve promoted the book during 2010, highlighted by a signing at BookExpo in New York City, an event with Lyle at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and an appearance on Chris “Mad Dog” Russo's Sirius-XM radio show.
Steve's and Lyle's second collaboration, The Colonel and Hug: The Partnership that Transformed the Yankees, will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in spring, 2015. It is the story of Yankees owner and beer baron Jacob Ruppert (1915-1939) and his manager, Miller Huggins, who transformed the Yankees from perennial losers to America's dominant sports franchise.
In 2011 Steve and journalist Dan Fost organized a Casey Stengel event at the Museum of the City of New York, featuring writers and Casey's niece, who knew the legendary Yankees' manager well.
Steve received the 2007 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, honoring authors of the best articles or papers on baseball history or biography. It was awarded for his article on Christy Mathewson, "Matty and the Browns: A Window onto the AL-NL War of 1901-1902," published in NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture in 2006. Steve's book Baseball in St. Louis: 1900-1925 was published by Arcadia in 2004. 180 rare photographs, drawn from more than 20 collections, along with lively stories, capture the time of George Sisler, Rogers Hornsby, and Branch Rickey.
Steve has contributed to a number of other books, including The St. Louis Baseball Reader. He has delivered papers at national conferences and has lectured at Elderhostel's Baseball: A Game for the Ages in Florida and on Holland America Cruise Lines, as well as at the Missouri Historical Society and the Mercantile Library of St. Louis.
A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), Steve has written articles for publications of the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees, including Yankees Yearbooks. He has published articles in many journals, including NINE, The National Pastime, Baseball Research Journal, and Gateway, the magazine of the Missouri Historical Society.
Steve's web site, www.stevesteinberg.net is a wealth of baseball history. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Colleen. Their three children have moved on to college and beyond, returning to visit on a regular basis.