Luke Salisbury: Biographical Information

Luke Salisbury is a Professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and teaches English and Film. He is the author of The Answer Is Baseball (Times Books, 1989; Vintage, 1990) which The Chicago Tribune called the best baseball book of 1989, (A Common Reader said, “Salisbury reveals the heart of the sport better than writer I’ve read,” No. 47, April, 1991), and a novel, The Cleveland Indian (The Smith, 1992; paperback, 1996) which was nominated for the Casey Award in 1992 as best baseball book of the year, and was studied at Indiana State University in an American literature course. Blue Eden, a novel in three stories, (The Smith; hardback and paper, 1996). Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine said, “The middle tale, ‘The Number of the Beast,’ is a gem.” Hollywood and Sunset, a novel will be published by Shambling Gate Press, fall 2005. Mr. Salisbury contributed to Red Sox Century: One Hundred Years of Red Sox Baseball, Baseball & The Game of Life, Ted Williams: A Portrait in Words and Pictures, DiMaggio: An Illustrated Life, Jackie Robinson: Between the Baselines, Fall Classics: The Best Writing About The World Series’ First Hundred Years and wrote Chapter 9 of a Treasury of Baseball, published by Publications International Ltd. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Ploughshares, Stories Magazine, Pulpsmith, Fan, Elysian Fields, Spitball, Nine, SABR Review of Books, Cooperstown Review, and (in translation) AERA, the Japanese equivalent of Time. He is a past vice president and national secretary of the Society For American Baseball Research (SABR). Mr. Salisbury was the first keynote speaker at Nine Magazine’s Annual Spring Training Conference (1994), and was a frequent guest on Channel 2 Boston’s “Ten O’clock News,” “The Group,” and “Greater Boston,” New England Cable News Network, Comcast’s Sports Pulse, and WBUR’s “Connection.” He was featured in AMC’s “Diamonds On the Silver Screen,” HBO’s Curse of the Bambino and wrote the Krank column for Boston Baseball from 1996 to 1999.

Mr. Salisbury attended The Hun School, New College, and received an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He once taught third grade in the Bronx, and now lives with his wife Barbara and son Ace in Chelsea, Massachusetts.


Luke Salisbury (Lucius Albert III)


Date of Birth : April 12, 1947

Place Of Birth: Rhinebeck, New York


Marital Status : Married

Children: Lucius A. IV (Ace): Born 9/16/85



1983-1984 Boston University, Boston, Ma. M.A. - Creative Writing

Summer, 1969 City College of New York. 10 graduate credits in education; New York City teaching certificate

1965-1969 New College, Sarasota, Florida. B.A. - English

1961-1965 The Hun School, Princeton, New Jersey. High School diploma



1984 - Present: Professor of Communications, Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown, Ma. Promoted to Assistant Professor, 1988; Associate, 1991; Professor, 1994. I teach English Composition, American Studies, and Film.


1997 - Author of Krank column, Boston Baseball, starting Winter 1996 issue.


1992 - 1994: American correspondent for AERA, Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo - (the Japanese weekly news magazine, the equivalent of Time). I wrote profiles of American athletes and about major sports' events.


1991 - Appeared on ESPN’s “Major League Baseball,” June 13, discussing Ted Williams.

Summer 1990: Made 38 radio appearances promoting The Answer Is Baseball.


1989 - Present: Appeared six times on "The Ten O'Clock News," Channel 2, WGBH, Boston, with Christopher Lydon as a baseball expert. After '92, annual appearances on "Chris Lydon & Company" as literary critic and sports expert. Also frequently on “The Group,” on WGBH, Channel 2. Many appearances on The Connection, WBUR radio, as baseball expert.


1981 - Present: I present a lecture and slide show entitled "Bats, Balls, & Dollar Bills," a history of professional sports, and have appeared at numerous colleges and universities including: the University of Alabama, Boston College, University of Colorado Trivia Bowl, Illinois State University, University of Kansas, Slippery Rock College, Syracuse University, Tufts University, and the University of West Virginia.

1980-1981 - Numerous radio and television appearances, including NBC's Tom Snyder Show, following an unsuccessful attempt to take over the Boston Red Sox on behalf of local fans.


1979-1983 - Social Worker, Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare.

1972-1979 - While working on novels, I supported myself by working part-time as a security guard, and doing free-lance editing.


1971-1972 - Assistant to the Director, Community Education Center, 684 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx, New York. Wrote pre-school curriculum and grant proposals.


1970-1971 - Wrote novel Ballad Of Joking Jesus.


1969-1970 - Taught third grade at PS47, 1791 East 174th Street, Bronx, New York.


Publications: Fiction

Blue Eden, The Smith , Brooklyn, NY, 1995. Three stories. 158 pages. Hardback and paper.


The Cleveland Indian , The Smith, Brooklyn, 1992. Novel, 285 pages.

Jack Wolf's Tryout, short story, in Baseball And The Game Of Life, Birchbrook Press. 1990. Vintage paperback 1991.

The Devil And Ty Cobb, short story, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Madison , WI, Vol. 13, No. 2, Fall, 1994.


Not Now, Then, short story, Nine : A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring, 1994.

Ted, short story, Fan: A Baseball Magazine, New York, Winter, 1993.

Suffer, short story, Stories Magazine, No. 27, Boston, Fall, 1992.


Wert Riot, short story, Holdout Magazine, #1, Boston, 1991.

Women Hate Baseball, Men Hate Themselves, Sox Fan Bids Wife Adieu, short story, Spitball Magazine, No. 38, Fall, 1991.


The Cleveland Indian, excerpt of a novel, Pulpsmith, Giant Annual, 1989, New York.


First Lady, short story, Pulpsmith, Autumn, 1985, New York.


King Saturday, excerpt from novel The Cleveland Indian, Pulpsmith, Summer, 1984.


King Saturday, excerpt from The Cleveland Indian, Pulpsmith, Autumn, 1984.


King Saturday, excerpt from The Cleveland Indian, Pulpsmith, Spring, 1984.


King Saturday, excerpt from The Cleveland Indian, Pulpsmith, Winter, 1984.


Towards Dawn, Eastern Standard Time, excerpt from novel Rattlesnake, Pulpsmith, Spring '82.


Twenty-Seven Inches, short story, Pulpsmith, Autumn '81.


Family Reunion, short story, The Smith/19, July, 1977.


Publications: Non-Fiction

The Answer Is Baseball, Times Books, 1989. Vintage paperback, 1990, 242 pages.


Faulkner and the Power of Words, op-ed, Boston Globe, September 24, 1997.


Visible Man, essay in Jackie Robinson: Between the Lines, Woodford Press, 1997.



God of Our Fathers, essay in DiMaggio: An Illustrated Life, Walker, 1995.

Baseball Purists Must Purify, text of speech given at Nine Magazine’s first annual Spring Training Conference. Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy, Vol. 3, No. 2, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Spring 1995

Days Of Baseball: Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Chapter 9 in Treasury of Baseball, Publications International, Ltd., 1994

On Baseball Books, essay, Cooperstown Review, Premiere Issue, Pittsburgh, Summer, 1993.


Ted Williams: A Certain Alienated Majesty, essay in Ted Williams: A Portrait In Words And Pictures, Walker & Co., 1991.


Baseball Has Lost Its Past, op-ed, Boston Globe, April 26, 1995.


The Visual Record, review of Baseball’s Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles Conlon, Cooperstown Review, Vol. 2, 1994.

John Robert Lee: A Christian Poet Who Tests Our Unbelief, essay, The Crusader - The People's Paper, Vol. 29, No. 29, Nov. 21, 1992, Castries, St. Lucia, West Indies.


"Baseball Fans' Notes," essay, SABR Review, Vol.5, 1990.


First Inning, review the “First Inning” of Ken Burns’ Baseball, in Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy, Vol. 3, No. 2, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Spring, 1995


100 Years Later, It's Money, Not Baseball At Risk, Boston Sunday Globe, Focus Section, March 4, 1990.


Baseball's Unforgivable Sin, Boston Sunday Globe, Focus Section, July 2, 1989.


Review of The Milwaukee Braves by Bob Buege, SABR Review Of Books, (Society For American Baseball Research), Vol.4, 1989


Review of Disciple Of A Master by Stephen Ferroli, SABR Review Of Books, Vol.3, 1988.


Why Is Baseball Fiction So Hard To Write? Essay, SABR Review Of Books, Vol.2, 1987.


Review of A.G. Spalding And The Rise Of Baseball by Peter Levine, SABR Review Of Books, Vol.1, 1986.


Review of Dark Lady by Louis Auchincloss, Newsart, August 15, 978.


Review of Overboard by Hark Searls, Newsart, October 15, 1977.



Society For American Baseball Research - member since 1979. National Vice President, 1987-1989. National Secretary, 1985-1987. Co-founder, SABR Review Of Books, 1986.


Co-founder, Universal Baseball Association, 1991. A society devoted to baseball as a cultural artifact.


The Dante Society Of America, member from 1994.



Baseball Has Lost Its Past, Boston Globe, 4/26/95, cited as one of a hundred pieces of notable sports writing in The Best American SportsWriting 1996 (Houghton Mifflin)


The Cleveland Indian was nominated for the 1992 Casey Award as the best baseball book of the year.



I was the first keynote speaker at Nine Magazine’s first annual Spring Training Convention, March 4, 1994, in Phoenix, Arizona.


My novel The Cleveland Indian was studied at Indiana State University in ENG 448/548n - American Novel. A class that included graduate and undergraduate students, in the Spring semester, 1994.


I read from my work, including The Cleveland Indian, at a creative writing conference at Indiana State University on April 21, 1994.


Alumnae/ae Fellow, University of South Florida, New College Campus, Sarasota, Florida. Conducted Fiction Workshop. Three 2-hour sessions with ten students. April 19-21, 1995.


I lectured members of the Russian Duma (parliament) on American baseball, at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. July 22, 1995.


The Answer Is Baseball was A Common Reader selection, April, 1991, with the comment: “Salisbury reveals the heart of the sport better than any writer I’ve read.”


From 1997 to ‘98, I met with a group of Russell Sherman’s piano students from the New England Conservatory of Music, and read classic literature with them. We read Shakespeare, Dante, Twain, etc.