Edward Achorn, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Distinguished Commentary, is the editorial pages editor of The Providence Journal.
His first book, Fifty-Nine in ’84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had, was published by Smithsonian Books. Critics hailed the book for brilliantly restoring to life baseball’s forgotten past – or, as the Charleston Post and Courier put it: “taking … the 1884 season out of a treasure box in baseball’s attic.”
His most recent book, The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game was published by Public Affairs. The New Yorker wrote about the book: “Combining the narrative skills of a sportswriter with a historian’s depth of knowledge and stockpile of detail, Achorn has produced a book that is both entertaining and informative.”
Ed has won numerous writing awards, including a 2016 Yankee Quill award, honoring New England journalists for influential careers. His work appears in Best Newspaper Writing, 2007-2008. A diehard Red Sox fan, he is descended from generations of baseball cranks.