Author Archives: Jeff Katz

About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.

In His Honor

I’d already been to Chicago twice this year for Split Season:1981 related media, so when Nate started  announcing at the end of July that we would be going back for a week in August, “in honor of his 25th birthday,” … Continue reading

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Losing Control

Nate has a difficult time controlling how much he eats. Like Robert Downey in Tropic Thunder, he gets excited about his foods, but it’s more than that. He’s constantly snacking and we are the worst enablers. Part of it goes … Continue reading

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The Two Amigos

Sometimes when Karen is out of town, I’ll head down to New York City with Nate. It’s a good way to keep him busy and he looks forward to plans. He’s got fond memories of our previous adventures – staying … Continue reading

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Late Night Drive

Nate and I hit the road for Albany late last night, leaving Cooperstown at 11 PM to pick Karen up at the airport. She’d been in Santa Monica the last week, avoiding all the snow. Nate and I hung out … Continue reading

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Dysfunction and Misdiagnosis

I stopped talking to my parents nine years ago. I won’t go into it, but I had an epiphany, realizing how I treated my sons compared to how they treated me. Let me tell you, it’s been a relief not … Continue reading

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At the Craft Show

Don’t let that face fool you! Nate had a great weekend selling ALPHAFolks t-shirts at the Sharon Springs Harvest Festival this past weekend. Karen, who’s made a habit of attending craft fairs, suggested Nate (meaning Nate and me), sell shirts. … Continue reading

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A Bit of Time Travel

Last week we were visited by a dad and his son. Their family had recently relocated to Cooperstown and, through ways I can’t remember, were directed to Karen. Why? Their 3 ½ year old son was recently diagnosed with hyperlexia … Continue reading

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