Wednesday, September 2, 2015

An earlier book . . .

The wonderful new History Author Show interviewed author Jim Leeke about his ebook Matty Boy, a Civil War novel for kids. Interviewer Amanda Read and host Dean Karayanis also mentioned Nine Innings for the King, which will be the subject of a future episode.
Listen to the History Author Show every week on iHeartRadio, iTunes and other audio services, and also on the website. You can hear the Matty Boy interview here.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thanks, Book Loft . . .

Our thanks to the Book Loft in Columbus, Ohio, for hosting author Jim Leeke’s appearance and signing on August 9. Jim spoke in the courtyard about researching and writing Nine Innings for the King and about the history of the wartime “baseball match” itself.

We’ll keep you posted on other news and book events. Come back soon!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

History Author Show . . .

Thanks to Dean Karayanis and Stephen Bedford for mentioning Nine Innings for the King on the pilot episode of the History Author Show! Listen to a short clip from author Jim Leeke at the 49:45 mark of the streaming audio. 
We’ll let you know when Dean’s complete interview with Jim is scheduled to run. Meanwhile, check out the many great history books Dean and Stephen mention in this first wide-ranging episode.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Author event ...

Join author Jim Leeke for a talk at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, August 9, at the Book Loft in the German Village neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. Jim also will be signing copies of Nine Innings for the King
Learn all about King George V and the WWI “baseball match” between US Army and US Navy at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea. See you there!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hear the interview . . .

Hear author Jim Leeke’s recent interview about Nine Innings for the King on After the Score. He spoke with host Thomas Bradley on WOSU (89.7) about the historic July 4 baseball game in wartime London. Attending that game were King George, Queen Mary, several other members of the royal family, and various nobles, officers and VIPs—including Winston Churchill!
Learn about several of the army and navy players in the game, and how the Anglo-American Baseball League laid out the diamond on the pitch at Stamford Bridge, still home of the Chelsea FC.
To listen now, click here. Jim’s segment starts at the 12:45 mark.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tune in Friday . . .

Author Jim Leeke talks with host Thomas Bradley about Nine Innings for the King on After the Score, 6:30PM EDT Friday, May 29, and 6:00AM Saturday, May 30. Listen to the broadcast or podcast from WOSU, 89.7 FM, on National Public Radio.
Jim discusses the history behind the July 4 “baseball match” in London, the famous British football (soccer) stadium where they laid out the diamond, and the major- and minor-league players who took the field. 
Don’t miss it!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Batter up . . . !

Nine Innings for the King is now available directly from McFarland & Co., and other online book outlets. Just click one of the links to the right under Order your copy now, or visit your favorite brick-and-mortar store. If your local bookshop doesn’t yet have the book in stock, ask them to order a copy for you today.
Check back soon for news about reviews, events and signings by author Jim Leeke.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Author at NINE . . .

Author Jim Leeke spoke to the NINE Spring Training Conference in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday, March 14. His topic there was “Class D: The Nine Eventful Seasons of the Ohio State League, 1908-1916.”
This was the third paper that Jim has delivered at NINE. The first was in 2011, when he spoke on the great US Army – US Navy baseball game played in London on the Fourth of July, 1918, during WWI. This paper evolved into an article for NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture. Later, it was the basis for Jim’s new book, Nine Innings for the King, due in July from McFarland & Co.
Jim recently returned to live and work in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. The photo above shows the 1911 Portsmouth Cobblers of the Ohio State League. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

First blurb . . .

Our thanks to L.M. Sutter, author of Arlie Latham: A Baseball Biography of the Freshest Man on Earth, for this wonderful review:

“With a witty, crackling style, Jim Leeke tells the story of the most historically dramatic baseball game of all time. And there’s plenty of solid research behind his engaging newshound-on-the-scent prose. Nine Innings for the King should be on the bookshelf of every baseball fan and anyone interested in the sometimes surprising appearances our National Pastime has made on the international stage.”

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pre-order today . . .

Nine Innings for the King is now available for pre-order on, and Click the links below the cover to the right to reserve your copy today.
Both sites list the publication date July. We’ll keep you posted if that changes.
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