Cook's much-anticipated anthology on fan violence and rowdyism in major league baseball was published in 2013 by Sunbury Press.“Diamond Madness: Classic Episodes of Rowdyism, Racism and Violence in Major League Baseball” – The title says it all !
In 2012 theBig Klu - The Baseball life of Ted Kluszewski, was published. It chronicles the sports career of one of major league baseball's most iconic sluggers during the golden age of the game in the 1950's.
Cook's workJim Thorpe - a Biography, was published in 2011. Unlike other Thorpe biographies, Cook provides the reader with broader attention to Thorpe's major and minor league baseball career and stormy relationship with legendary New York Giants manager John McGraw, in addition to comprehensive coverage of his football career at Carlisle and the early days of the NFL.
Cook's epic and well researched work the1919 World Series - What Really Happened, published in 2001, reignited the dialogue among baseball historians on the facts of baseball's most notorious event, spawning more than ten new titles on the subject within a few years of the publication of his book.
As a historian, Cook has a reputation as being objective and detailed in his writing. Cook's workPete Rose - Baseball's All-Time Hit King, is an example of his laser like ability to describe events objectively and let the reader make-up their mind as to the legacy of a sports celebrity surrounded by lasting controversy.
William A. Cook was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a retired public administrator having served in the nation's health care and social service systems in several states. For the past 26 years he has resided in New Jersey. He served one-term as a township councilman in North Brunswick (1991-1993) and ran unsuccessfully for Freeholder in Middlesex County (1995). Currently he lives in Manalapan. Prior to coming to the east coast, Cook lived and worked in Chicago and Minneapolis. His educational experience includes holding an MA, University of Illinois at Chicago; BS, AA, University of Cincinnati. A widower, he was married for 14 years.