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June 11, 2008

"Eight Men Out" Author dies

According to the Associated Press, Eliot Asinof, the author of "Eight Men Out" has died.

The Ancramdale resident died at a hospital in Hudson of complications from pneumonia, said his son, Martin Asinof.

Asinof was best known for "Eight Men Out," his 1963 retelling of the "Black Sox" scandal in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox threw the 1919 World Series. He spent more than three years exhaustively researching the book, his son said.

While I have not read the book, it was made into one of the best, if not the best baseball movie of all-time.

For a man who didn't exactly make headlines with his own name, he sure was linked to some very famous people.

According to the article, Asinof dated Rita Moreno and was married to Jocelyn Brando, the sister of the Godfather, Marlon Brando. Jocelyn is the mother of his son.

Sadly, this also means that there is one less person on Shoeless Joe Jackson's side fighting for his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Posted by bmiraski at June 11, 2008 11:31 AM