Ronald A. Mayer is an author of baseball history books. He’s written about immortal players, single-season sagas, and even a collection of poems called Baseball Memories that celebrates America’s favorite pastime in its biggest and smallest moments. He is a diehard New York Yankees fan through the good and not-so-good years, and he is an avid appreciator of the two greatest screwball pitchers of all time, Christy Mathewson and Carl Hubbell.
His love for the sport comes from his father, who in his later years, would intrigue him with stories of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs, and Bill Dickey. As many boys did, he played the game as a youth and through his college days at Montclair State University. He gave up the dream of playing major league baseball, like so many others, when pitchers began throwing that dastardly curve ball. The same curve scientists once claimed was an optical illusion.
He is a former member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and a life-long resident of New Jersey. He currently resides in East Hanover with his wife Arlene.