The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX

September 15, 2009

Baseball Historian Talmage Boston to Discuss New Book at SHSU

By Mike Yawn

The President’s Office at Sam Houston State University and the Political Science Junior Fellows will host attorney and author Talmage Boston on Wednesday.

Boston will discuss his new book “Baseball and the Baby Boomer” in the Lowman Student Center, Room 320, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. with a book signing to follow.

“We are pleased to partner with the President’s Office and have Mr. Boston on campus,” said Junior Fellow Daniel North. “His books capture the heart and magic of the game.”

“Baseball and the Baby Boomer is Boston’s second book.

His first, “1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point,” chronicled what Boston describes as the formative year in baseball’s development. The book was praised by Baseball Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey for “wrapping together the many moments and happenings of baseball’s most historic year brilliantly — better than anyone, ever.”

In his latest book, Boston chronicles the history of baseball over the past 60 years, highlighting major figures in the sport such as Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Roger Maris, and Nolan Ryan to document the game’s changes following World War II.

The book is described by Tim McCarver as a “powerful statement of what baseball has meant to America’s fans since World War II.”

Boston’s writings have prompted John Grisham, who wrote the foreword to Baseball and the Baby Boomer, to plead “Talmage, keep writing and give up the law!”

Boston is an attorney with Winstead P.C., one of the 10 largest law firms in Texas.

Graduating from the University of Texas Law School in 1978, Boston is now one of only100 lawyers in the state of Texas certified in both Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. 

With more than 21 published opinions and arguments before the Texas Supreme Court and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Boston recently began a three-year term as a member of the board of directors for the State Bar of Texas. 

Boston has lectured on baseball at Princeton, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Forum, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

His work has not been lost on Nolan Ryan, who praised Boston for "bringing baseball stories to life," nor has it been lost on the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, which inducted Boston as a media member in 1997. 

Although Boston has never been to Sam Houston State University, he is not entirely a stranger to the campus.

His father, Paul Boston, taught in SHSU’s Business Department in 1947 and 1948, and will be returning to campus for the first time in 61 years to hear his son speak.

Following the book signing, the elder Boston will be provided a tour of a much-changed campus.

“The university strives to bring diverse topics and viewpoints to campus,” noted Maggie Collum, the Special Events Coordinator for the Office of the President. “This fits in well with our goal to enrich our students’ education.”

The event is open to the public. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided courtesy of the President’s Office.

For more information, contact Mike Yawn at (936) 294-1456.