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John Rosengren

John Rosengren is a freelance journalist and Pulitzer nominee who’s written for The Atlantic, GQ, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, and The Washington Post Magazine, among others. He’s authored 10 books, including Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes, the definitive biography of the Jewish Hall of Famer, and the novel A Clean Heart. His work has been anthologized alongside that of Maya Angelou, Marlon James, Kevin Kling, and George Saunders. His article “The Pretender,” published by The Atavist, was adapted to a three-part Imagine documentary on HBO by Erin Lee Carr (“Britney vs Spears”). He has an MFA from Boston University, where he studied with Saul Bellow and Derek Walcott.

Recent & Notable Works



The Greatest Summer in Baseball History: How the ’73 Season Changed Us Forever (Sourcebooks, 2023)

Classic Baseball: Timeless Tales, Immortal Moments (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022)

A Clean Heart: a Novel (Mango Press, 2020)

The Fight of Their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball’s Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption (Lyons Press, 2014)

Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes (New American Library, 2013)

Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Player in the NFL, with Esera Tuaolo (Sourcebooks, 2006)

Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win (Sourcebooks, 2003)

Big Book Unplugged: A Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous (Hazelden, 2003)

Meeting Christ in Teens: Startling Moments of Grace (Saint Mary’s Press, 2002)

Life is Just a Party: Portrait of a Teenage Partier (Deaconess Press, 1989)

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