Edward Hershey: The Scorekeeper
Edward Hershey will read from his new memoir The Scorekeeper on Thursday, February 23rd at 7 pm.
As a young sports lover, growing up in Brooklyn in the ‘60s was a dream for Edward Hershey. Lucky for us, Hershey’s lack of talent on the field spurred a journalism career next to the field, and by age 22 he was writing about the major leagues for a big-city newspaper. He traded his best seats in the stadium for a front row view of the turbulent social and political events in New York City in the ‘70s. In The Scorekeeper we follow Hershey’s path as he follows the departure of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Attica Prison revolt, and other significant events of the time. The book is an irreverent coming-of-age tale, a perceptive take on reporting from the stadium to the statehouse, and an unsparing reflection on an era of urban tension and suburban sprawl, anti-war activism and war on poverty, rampant crime and imperfect justice, political chicanery and prosecutorial abuse.
Hershey has written on many subjects, including interviews early in his career with sports legends such as Mickey Mantle, Joe Namath, and Arthur Ashe. As an award-winning news reporter he broke stories about the notorious “Son of Sam” case and the Attica Prison revolt. He spent six years as spokesman for the New York City jails and then directed communications at six colleges and universities around the country. He has served on the George Polk Awards committee for forty years. He and his wife live in Portland.