Bill wrote his first commentary for WBUR in 1984, and shortly thereafter his work began airing on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” where, for a few years, he hit second in a line-up that included Red Barber and Frank Deford.
A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Bill continues to teach one course each semester at Curry College, where he also serves as writer-in-residence.
Bill’s most recent book is “Only A Game.” He refuses to say where he got the title. Anyway, it’s a collection of radio commentaries and magazine articles published by University of Nebraska Press in 2007. His other books include “Fall Classics” (Crown Press, 2003), a collection of the best writing about the World Series which he edited with Richard Johnson; “The Circus in the Woods” (Houghton Mifflin, 2002); “Prospect” (Houghton Mifflin, 1989; paperback, 2000); “Baseball Days” (Houghton Mifflin, 1993; paperback Pond Press, 2000); “Champions: The Stories of Ten Remarkable Athletes” (Little, Brown, 1993; paperback, 1999); and “Keepers: Radio Stories from ‘Only A Game’ and Elsewhere” (Peninsula Press, 1999). He was the guest editor for Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Sports Writing in 1998.
Though his daughters have grown too old for Bill to coach them, he still has nightmares about youth league basketball games in which he was allegedly an official.