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John Carvalho, associate professor and director for journalism in the School of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts, has recently published his first book, "Frick* Baseball's Third Commissioner." It follows the life and career of famous baseball commissioner Ford Frick, who is best known as the baseball commissioner who put the "asterisk" next to Roger Maris’s record. But his tenure as commissioner carried the game through its more pivotal changes: television, continued integration, West Coast expansion and labor unrest. This biography of Frick, whose approach to his work sparked lively debate about the commissioner’s role, provides a detailed narrative of his career and the events and characters of mid-20th century baseball. Carvalho has written extensively on sports media history, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s, and frequently writes about and discusses current sports journalism issues. Carvalho said he first became interested in writing a biography of Frick when he realized that Frick was a sports writer before his baseball administrative career.

The biography, Frick* Baseball's Third Commissioner, is now available on Amazon and McFarland. For more information or to purchase the book, visit