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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (1994-2013)
POLITICAL COLUMNIST – WorldNetDaily, Washington, D.C.
SPORTS COLUMNIST - San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco, Calif.
SPORTS COLUMNIST - StreetZebra Magazine, Marina Del Rey, Calif.
SPORTSWRITER- Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, CrimsonTideReplay.com.
SCREENWRITER, FREELANCE WRITER – Gentry Magazine, Redroom.com
EDUCATION: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles, Calif., Bachelor of Arts degree - Communication Arts & Sciences (attended USC School of Cinema-Television). HOLLYWOOD FILM INSTITUTE, Los Angeles, Calif., Certificate of Completion. UCLA WRITERS’ PROGRAM, Los Angeles, Calif. WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW, Fullerton, Calif.
BOOKS: THE POET: THE LIFE AND LOS ANGELES TIMES OF JIM MURRAY, 2013; A TALE OF THREE CITIES: THE 1962 BASEBALL SEASON IN NEW YORK, L.A., AND SAN FRANCISCO, 2009, Potomac Books. THE DUKE, LONGHORNS, & CHAIRMAN MAO, 2013; PIGSKIN WARRIORS: 140 YEARS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S GREATEST TRADITIONS, GAMES, AND STARS, 2009; ONE NIGHT, TWO TEAMS: ALABAMA VS. USC AND THE GAME THAT CHANGED A NATION (subject of CBS/College Sports TV documentary Tackling Segregation, soon to be a major motion picture; a PNBA nominee; re-released in paperback), 2007; THE USC TROJANS: COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S ALL-TIME GREATEST DYNASTY, 2006 (Amazon.com “top seller,” National Book Network “top 100 seller,” re-released in paperback), THE LAST ICON: TOM SEAVER AND HIS TIMES, 2011, Taylor Trade/Rowman & Littlefield; THE 1969 MIRACLE METS, 2009, The Lyons Press/The Globe Pequot Press. DODGERS ESSENTIAL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE A REAL FAN!; A’S ESSENTIAL; ANGELS ESSENTIAL; DIAMONDBACKS ESSENTIAL; THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY LOS ANGELES LAKERS, 2007; THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY OAKLAND RAIDERS; TROJANS ESSENTIAL, 2008; THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS; WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TROJAN: SOUTHERN CAL’S GREATEST PLAYERS TALK ABOUT TROJANS FOOTBALL (foreword by Pete Carroll), 2009, Triumph Books/Random House. BARRY BONDS: BASEBALL’S SUPERMAN, 2002 (best seller, multiple re-print, now in paperback, nominated for Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of Year), Sports Publishing L.L.C. DODGERS PAST & PRESENT, 2009, Voyageur Press.
SCREENPLAYS: THE LOST BATTALLION, 2002 (subject of A&E TV movie starring Rick Schroder); WICKED, BAJA CALIFORNIA. 21. ONE NIGHT, TWO TEAMS (based on the author's book ONE NIGHT, TWO TEAMS: ALABAMA VS. USC AND THE GAME THAT CHANGED A NATION).
SCREENWRITING AWARDS: ONCE HE WAS AN ANGEL, Quantum Leap, Calabasas, California (optioned by group that included Frank Capra Jr., son of the famed director); BANDIT, America’s Best, Orlando, Florida; ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HEAVEN, Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition, Beverly Hills, California.
ACTING: THE CALIFORNIANS, 2005, starring Noah Wylie and Illeana Douglas.
INTERNET: Steven Travers' Journal.
LEGAL/SPORTS AGENT: San Francisco Sports Management, Inc.
MILITARY: United States Army Reserves.
ATHLETICS: Professional baseball player, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics; Coach, USC, Cal-Berkeley; Manager, Berlin Sluggers, Berlin, Germany.
POLITICS: Campaign manager, California Congressional election; political consultant, speechwriter; Hollywood Congress of Republicans; Speeches on behalf of John McCain 2008 campaign.
VOLUNTEERING/ORGANIZATIONS: Marin Literacy Program; USC Alumni Club; NorCal Trojan Club; Christ Lutheran Church.
ACADEME: Guest speaker, University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communications.
ABOUT STEVEN TRAVERS
Steven Travers has always been entrepreneurial.
“I was turned down by my high school newspaper because they didn’t allow freshmen,” says the sixth-generation Californian, “so I started my own!”
Aside from journalism, Travers was a star pitcher, playing three years of varsity baseball for the same suburban California high school that USC football coach Pete Carroll graduated from years earlier. Travers helped lead his team to the mythical national championship of high school baseball, according to polls conducted by Collegiate Baseball magazine and the Easton Bat Company.
Travers attended college on a baseball scholarship, where he was an all-conference pitcher, and played collegiate summer ball in Colorado, Nevada and Canada. The 6-6, 225-pound Travers played professionally for the St. Louis Cardinals' organization, where he was a teammate of Danny Cox. Travers once struck out 1989 National League Most Valuable Player Kevin Mitchell three times in one game (he K’d 14 that night). In the Oakland Athletics' system, he played alongside Jose Canseco.
“Punching out K-Mitchell was great,” he recalls, “but the highlight of my career may have been when I was with the A’s against the Giants in a Major League exhibition game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. I struck out the side and went nine-up, nine-down in three innings. Bill King and Lon Simmons announced it on the radio.”
Steve later coached at USC, Cal-Berkeley and was recruited to manage a team in Berlin, Germany.
After pro baseball, Travers returned to college. He studied in the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. At USC, he was a classmate of Mark McGwire and Randy Johnson. After graduation, he traveled extensively to New York City, Washington, D.C. and to Europe: London and Paris.
“I almost went to work for Dean Witter in the World Trade Center,” he recalled. “After 9/11 I really started to think about ‘what might have been.’ ”
Travers also went to Western State University College of Law, the Hollywood Film Institute, and was part of the UCLA Writers' Program.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War, and was a political consultant, speechwriter and campaign manager for a California Congressional candidate. Travers was also a sports agent, co-founding San Francisco Sports Management, Inc. The agency represented Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Al Martin. Another client, ex-Angels' playboy pitcher Bo Belinsky, was at that time being approached by Hollywood producers about a movie depicting his tempestuous life. Travers wrote the screenplay.
That script, Once He Was An Angel, was a quarterfinalist in the Quantum Leap screenwriting contest before getting optioned by a Hollywood producing group that included Frank Capra Jr. and Frank Capra III (son and grandson of the famed It's A Wonderful Life director). Thus began Travers' embarkation into a full-time professional writing career in 1994.
“I’ve punched a lot of tickets,” Travers says of his background, “and I bring real-world experience to my writing.”
A veteran of Hollywood, Steve has written 15 screenplays, teleplays and stageplays. His credits include The Lost Battalion (the true story of a World War I unit during the Argonne Offensive, the subject of a film starring Rick Schroder), Wicked and Baja California. His additional writing awards are for Bandit, an America’s Best quarterfinalist, and Rock 'n' Roll Heaven, a Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction quarterfinalist. He appeared in the film The Californians, starring Noah Wylie and Illeana Douglas.
Travers worked closely with legendary Hollywood producer Edgar Scherick, the original producer of The Lost Battalion. Scherick started ABC’s Baseball Game of the Week and Monday Night Football with Roone Arledge.
Travers also wrote for the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, and was a sports stringer on San Diego’s XTRA 690 AM radio station. Steve has freelanced for magazines, newspapers and web sites. He produced Steven Travers’ Journal on the Internet. Eventually, Travers became the number one columnist at StreetZebra, an L.A. sports magazine where he covered the USC beat and wrote a monthly "Distant Replay" of great events in the Southland's rich sports history.
“I have encyclopedic knowledge of history,” Steve says. “I am truly versatile as a writer, able to use my knowledge of the past to understand the present. I have also survived as a freelancer; written extensively for the Internet and the so-called New Media; and have up-close knowledge of the ‘dot-bomb’ era that was the 1990s.”
In 2001, Travers was hired as the lead sports columnist for the San Francisco Examiner. While writing for the Examiner, Travers was an eyewitness to Barry Bonds' historic 73-home run season of 2001. He got Bonds to agree to authorize the writing of his autobiography, but a business deal with the publishers was not worked out. Eventually, by 2002 Travers wrote the Best Seller Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman from Sports Publishing L.L.C. (www.sportspublishingllc.com). Actor Charlie Sheen wrote the foreword. It has gone through multiple re-prints, is now in paperback, and was nominated for a Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year. A sequel, covering Bonds' alleged steroid use, additional MVP awards, and chase of Hank Aaron's career home run record, is in the works.
In 2004, Travers wrote a proposal for the book that eventually became Game of Shadows by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, who landed the deal he did not.
An avid reader, Travers poured through books, at least one a month; classics, biographies, history, sports, novels, philosophy. He was also a Christian, but had never read The Holy Bible.
"Sometime around March or April of 2004, I decided to read The Bible," he says. "Two pages a day. I started out with the New Testament. After a while I began to read out loud, which made a difference. Then the Old Testament. It took a little less than a year to read the entire book. As soon as I read it through, I started again. Two pages per day, out loud. At this point I have read it twice through. I am beginning to understand it. I am not an expert on it, but the Holy Spirit has come to me and inspires me each day that I read God’s Word. I will read that book until the day I die, God willing and I am able, until some day I will have read it so many times I will be an expert. . .”
In 2006, Taylor Trade, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (www.RLPGTrade.com), published his book The USC Trojans: College Football's All-Time Greatest Dynasty, which argues that the University of Southern California has replaced Notre Dame as collegiate football's greatest tradition. USC legend Charles "Tree" Young graciously wrote the foreword, and the book ascended to Amazon.com “top seller” and National Book Network “top 100 seller” status. It was re-released in paperback in 2010.
Taylor Trade released One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed A Nation in 2007 (foreword by Forrest Gump author Winston Groom). It was re-released in paperback in 2010. This is the true story of how the 1970 USC-Alabama football game ushered in desegregation of the American South. A film is in development. USC graduate Kerry McCluggage, a top Hollywood producer (Craftsman Films); former president of Universal and Paramount TV divisions; founder of UPN; with credits that include Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Miami Vice, has optioned it with plans for a major theatrical release. The co-producer is Barry Kemp (Coach, Patch Adams, Catch Me If You Can). Potential directors include Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Delores Claiborne, The Devil’s Advocate) and Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves), with Costner possibly starring as John McKay, Tommy Lee Jones as Bear Bryant.
Travers is a member of a “producer team” that includes Trojan football legend Anthony Davis and USC graduate Jim Starr. The deal was masterfully put together by Lloyd Robinson (USC ’64) of Suite A Management in Beverly Hills; Steve’s former literary agent, Craig Wiley; and Rowman & Littlefield president Rick Rinehart. Davis is on board to promote the project along with other former Trojans. When the film is released, Travers, Davis and Starr will be executive producers. In the past, Steve was repped by Peter Miller of PMA Literary & Film Agency in New York City. His agent is now Ian Kleinert of Objective Entertainment in Manhattan (who negotiated the huge Jerry West autobiography and Michael Savage’s Trickle Up Poverty).
In 2009, Taylor Trade published Pigskin Warriors: 140 Years of College Football’s Greatest Traditions, Games, and Stars. In 2009, major publishing house The Globe Pequot Press published Travers’s book The 1969 Miracle Mets (foreword by Buddy Harrelson). Also in 2009: Dodgers Past & Present, Voyageur Press and A Tale of Three Cities: The 1962 Baseball Season in New York, L.A., and San Francisco.
Triumph Books (www.triumphbooks.com), a division of New York publishing giant Random House, released five of Travers's books in 2007: A's Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be A Real Fan! (foreword by A’s GM Billy Beane), Dodgers Essential (foreword by the late, great Bud “The Steamer” Furillo), Angels Essential (foreword by ex-L.A. Times sportswriter Ross Newhan), Diamondbacks Essential (foreword by Phoenix radio personality Andy Dorf), and The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Los Angeles Lakers (foreword by longtime sports columnist Art Spander).
In 2008 Triumph/Random House published Trojans Essential (foreword by ex-Coca-Cola/North American President Terry Marks) and The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Oakland Raiders (foreword by radio personality Bruce Macgowan). In 2009 from Triumph/Random House: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly San Francisco 49ers (foreword by 49er Hall of Famer Bob St. Clair) and What It Means to Be a Trojan: Southern Cal’s Greatest Players Talk About Trojans Football (foreword by Pete Carroll).
In 2011 Taylor Trade published The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times. In 2013 Potomac published The Poet: The Life and Los Angeles Times of Jim Murray, an authorized biography.
Steve is the author of five unpublished books. These include From the Frat House to the White House to the Big House; God's Country, a three-volume conservative, Christian worldview of how history formed the U.S. Empire and America's manifest destiny for the 21st Century; Ambition: My Struggles to Fail and Succeed in Baseball, Politics, Hollywood, Writing . . . and The Rocky Path I’ve Walked With Christ (his autobiography); a novel, Angry White Male; a compilation of his work over the years, The Writer’s Life; and What Is Truth? Powers That Were, Powers That Are.
Travers contemplated an a study of the modern nature of American politics and media manipulation, using the Whittaker Chambers case of the 1940s as its “Genesis.” He is a regular contributor to CollegeFootballReplay.com, Gentry magazine, and writes for WorldNetDaily.com.
The telegenic Travers has made numerous appearances on television and radio, being interviewed for the books, articles and screenplays he has written over the years. His national appearances have included "The Jim Rome Show", CNN, ESPN, and the Armed Forces Radio Network. He has appeared on TV and radio stations in major markets such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In September 2005, Steve was interviewed on College Sports Television (www.cstv.com), a division of CBS, as part of a program devoted to the 35th anniversary of the 1970 USC-Alabama game. In February 2006, CSTV featured Travers prominently in their documentary Tackling Segregation, which aired throughout Black History Month. His work was also the subject of a 2005 CSTV documentary on Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
In 2006, Travers was a guest speaker, leading a panel of distinguished former USC football players and coaches, for Professor Dan Durbin’s popular class “Sports, Culture & Society” at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communications. The subject was the 1970 USC-Alabama game, with Steve’s book a focal point. Out of this have come discussions with USC regarding Steve’s possible hiring as an adjunct professor. Travers made numerous other speaking and booksigning appearances through USC, which included appearances at the USC Bookstore, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and the USC Collections at the South Coast Plaza Shopping Center in Orange County.
In 2007, he addressed the USC East Bay Trojan Club in Walnut Creek, California; the incoming freshmen and parents during Parent’s Weekend at USC; the USC Orange County Trojan Club; as well as more signings at the USC Bookstore and USC Collections; and an address of the Hollywood Congress of Republicans; and the annual banquet of the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Professor Durbin invited him back for a retrospective of the 1972 USC national champion football team at Annenberg School for Communications. In 2008 Travers addressed Republican political groups in support of U.S. Senator John McCain (R.-Arizona).
During the 2008 football season, Travers was again a guest lecturer in Professor Durbin's class. The subject was his book Angels Essential, and focused on "the old Pacific Coast League and the early Angels). He was the November speaker at the prestigious Pasadena Quarterback's Club next to the Rose Bowl (past speakers have included Pete Carroll), and signed books at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the third consecutive year. In 2009 Travers again was a guest panelist in Professor Durbin’s class, centered around a re-union of the USC players interviewed in What It Means to Be a Trojan.
Steve is the scion of a distinguished California family. The Travers’s came to colonial America, fought in the Revolutionary War, and settled into New York and Massachusetts. They founded the Travers Stakes horse race. One ancestor, a Captain Edgerly of the Union Army, was reputed to be President Abraham Lincoln’s “personal spy” during the Civil War. Steve’s side of the family came West during the time of the 1849 Gold Rush. His grandfather, Charles S. Travers, covered the 1906 Great Earthquake as a journalist, started a silent film magazine in Hollywood, and was President of the San Francisco Press Club. Steve’s great-uncle, Reginald Travers, was a noted Shakespearean actor. His father, Donald Travers, is a retired attorney and track coach who served as a Naval officer during World War II. His mother, Inge Travers, is a renowned artist. Steve’s brother, Donald Travers II, is a former Naval officer. Daughter Elizabeth Travers is a college student. Inside Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium is the Colonel Charles Travers Big Game Room (named after Steve’s late uncle, who served during World War II) to accommodate press conferences, and (named after Steve’s late aunt) is the Louise Travers Memorial Club Room. Colonel Travers also founded a wing of the university’s political science department, dedicated to fair and balanced analysis of public affairs. Members of the Travers family have served in the military during the Revolution, the Civil War, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War.
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Steve is a board member of the USC NorCal Trojan Club, the Hollywood Congress of Republicans, and worships at Christ Lutheran Church. Steve tutored foreign students trying to learn English, as well as jail inmates, through the Marin Literacy Program.
"I always wanted to give of my time," he explained, "but was too selfish to really do it. I found excuses. If at the beginning of 2006, if you had told me how busy I would be, I never would have signed up, but I did. I was assigned to a Korean divinity student named Kyung-Taek Hong. We became friends and shared Christian fellowship despite the language barrier. Almost as soon as I started tutoring Kyung, incredible good fortune began to reign down on me. Book deals, the movie deal, speaking engagements, ‘top seller’ sales, maybe a professorship at USC. As busy as I was writing, I met him every Wednesday for an hour and a half at the library. I consider him my ‘angel.’
After Kyung moved on to a Ph.D. program in Chicago, Travers taught a class at the Marin County Jail, then volunteered to work with high school kids.
“As Jim Hill always says as his signature signoff on of his sports show, ‘Keep the faith.’”
HIGHLIGHTS OF STEVEN TRAVERS’ CAREER
• Author of One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed A Nation (www.RLPGTrade.com), 2007, re-released in paperback, 2010; the true story of how the 1970 USC-Alabama football game ushered in the desegregation of the American South.
• One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed A Nation has been optioned by “A list” Hollywood producers Kerry McCluggage (Allumination/Craftsman Films) and Barry Kemp, who plan a major movie release. Travers is part of a “producer team” that includes Trojan football legend Anthony Davis, USC graduate Jim Starr, and Beverly Hills talent agent Lloyd Robinson.
• Travers appeared on College Sports TV (a division of CBS) as part of their documentary about ex-Alabama football coach Bear Bryant, and later on Tackling Segregation.
• Author of The USC Trojans: College Football's All-Time Greatest Dynasty (www.RLPGTrade.com), 2006, re-released in paperback, 2010; argues that the University of Southern California has replaced Notre Dame as the greatest of all gridiron traditions. This book made Amazon.com “top seller” and the National Book Network’s “top 100 seller” lists.
• Author of: A’s Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be A Real Fan!; Dodgers Essential; Angels Essential; Diamondbacks Essential; The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Los Angeles Lakers; all in 2007 from Triumph Books (www.triumphbooks.com), a division of Random House.
• Author of The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Oakland Raiders (2008); The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly San Francisco 49ers (2009); and Trojans Essential (2008) all from Triumph Books/Random House.
• Author of What It Means to be a Trojan (Triumph/Random House, 2009).
• Author of Pigskin Warriors: 140 Years of College Football's Greatest Traditions, Games, and Stars, 2009 from Taylor Trade/Rowman & Littlefield.
• Author of the Best Seller Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman (www.sportspublishingllc.com) currently in multiple re-print, now in paperback, and nominated for a Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of 2002.
• Author of The 1969 Miracle Mets, 2009 from The Globe Pequot Press.
• Author of Dodgers Past & Present, 2009 from Voyageur Press.
• Author of A Tale of Three Cities: The 1962 Baseball Season in New York, L.A. and San Francisco (Potomac Books, 2009).
• Author of The Poet: The Life and Los Angeles Times of Jim Murray (Potomac Books, 2011).
• Author of Angry White Male, a novel.
• Author of The Writer’s Life, a compilation of his work over the years.
• Author of God's Country: A Three Volume Conservative, Christian Worldview of How History Formed the United States Empire and America's Manifest Destiny For the 21st Century.
• Author of From the Frat House to the White House to the Big House.
• Ambition: My Struggles to Fail and Succeed in Baseball, Politics, Hollywood, Writing . . . and the Rocky Path I’ve Walked With Christ.
• Author of What It Means to Be a Trojan, 2009, Triumph/Random House.
• Future projects: Tom Seaver’s authorized autobiography; Whittaker Chambers and his political legacy.
• Lead sports columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.
• Lead columnist for StreetZebra, a leading Los Angeles sports magazine.
• Sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News.
• Sports stringer on XTRA 690 AM radio.
• Freelance writer for magazines and web sites; produced Steven Travers' Journal on the Internet.
• Regularly interviewed on local and national media.
• Public speaker and guest lecturer addressing USC alumni clubs, booksignings, library organizations, boosters, political organizations, Republican gatherings and college classes.
• Author of 15 screenplays, teleplays and stageplays, half of which have been optioned, sold, or written for hire, and several of which have won awards; plus treatments and songs.
• Credits include The Lost Battalion, Wicked, 21 and Baja California.
• Appeared in the film The Californians, starring Noah Wylie and Illeana Douglas.
• Exceptional knowledge of all facets of the entertainment industry - creative, legal and business. Experience dealing with and interviewing celebrities in film, sports and business; reputation for discretion and maintaining “off the record” confidence of story subjects.
• Communications degree from the University of Southern California; attended USC School of Cinema-Televsion, UCLA Writers’ Program, and graduated from the Hollywood Film Institute.
• Entrepreneurial self-starter who created his own sports newspaper while in high school; member of national champion high school baseball team.
• Earned an athletic scholarship, and was all-conference pitcher in college.
• Ex-professional baseball player for the Cardinals and A’s.
• Learned leadership skills while serving in the United States Army during the Persian Gulf War.
• Learned more leadership, and management skills, coaching at USC, the University of California, and managing a baseball team in Europe.
• Traveled throughout all of the United States, Canada, and Europe.
• Attended law school, and worked in a law firm during this time.
• Worked as a student intern in the USC Sports Information office, and as a production assistant for ABC Sports while in college.
• Campaign manager for a California Congressional campaign; political consultant and speechwriter; public relations and advertising experience.
• Comes from a journalistic family; grandfather started a silent film magazine in Hollywood during the Roaring ‘20s; worked on scary kids’ stories with his daughter.
• Volunteers with Marin Literacy Program.
• Board of Directors, USC NorCal Trojan Club.
• Worships at Christ Lutheran Church.
• Guest speaker, Professor Dan Durbin’s class on “Sports, Culture & Society,” USC Annenberg School for Communications.
• In discussion with USC Annenberg School for Communications for adjunct professorship.
• Spoke to Republican groups in support of McCain 2008 campaign.
STEVEN TRAVERS ON SPORTS COLUMNS
What makes a great sports column? Beyond fancy lingo and entertaining tricks there must be a good opinion, written with the voice of authority, backed by top-notch reporting.
I think a column is less about the “who, what, why, when and where,” and more about getting to the point quickly, moving through the narrative and bridge, and maintaining focus on a linear line of thinking that does not wander. It must be topical (what people are talking about), while maintaining an edge of analysis, practicality and, if possible, allowing for emotion – outrage or humor. Oh yes, it should not be afraid to break news.
A great writer is not necessarily a great columnist. Great prose in the style of Hemingway, Shakespeare or Jim Murray, to take three of my heroes, can be the focus of the reader’s attention while diverting from the purpose of a daily column, which is to inform. The first impression of Murray is that he wowed readers with his wordplay and knowledge of history, but at the heart of his work was research, research and more research.
Good newspaper editors recognize that fancy words cannot replace hard facts. This is the daily newspaper version of the screenwriter who tries to trick the reader into thinking the story can be carried by phraseology, not character development and plot structure.
Bring wit, literacy, social conscience and pathos to the work. Sports columns that are above and beyond the merely ordinary may have some combination of great love for sports, political sensibility, historical reflection, Hollywood flare, American wit, and old-fashioned humor. Incredible knowledge is not enough, like the law student with a photographic memory and fails to analyze. It is not a substitute for the hard digging for quotes, second opinions, counter-voices and fact checking that tells readers something they did not know or think about before.
Style is intellect and love of language. Information implies reporting. Point of view, as opposed to opinion, means “where your head is at.” Without point of view a column is a flat, boring story disguised as a column. First person can be used, but only at the risk of being egotistical. The objective is to inform (report) and entertain on subjects that are timely, important, and talked about. The great sports columnist is the one sitting in the press box with the fresh, brilliant, insightful ideas that nobody else has.
Two things can cripple a column: Cliché-thinking and clichés. Example: “It’s time to fish or cut bait.” Change it to “It’s time to angle or cut the smelt.”
The most important thing is to learn from every mistake, lump, and criticism.
Books written by Steven Travers
One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed A Nation (also a documentary, Tackling Segregation, and soon to be a major motion picture)
A’s Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be A Real Fan!Trojans Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be A Real Fan!
Dodgers Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be A Real Fan!
Angels Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be A Real Fan!
D’Backs Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be A Real
The USC Trojans: College Football's All-Time Greatest Dynasty
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Los Angeles Lakers
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Oakland Raiders
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly San Francisco 49ers
Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman
Pigskin Warriors: 140 Years of College Football's Greatest Games, Players and Traditions
The 1969 Miracle Mets: The Improbable Story of the World's Greatest Underdog Team
Dodgers Past & Present
A Tale of Three Cities: The 1962 Baseball Season in New York, L.A. and San Francisco
What It Means to Be a Trojan: Southern Cal's Greatest Players Talk About Trojans Football
The Poet: The Life and Los Angeles Times of Jim Murray
God's Country: A Conservative, Christian Worldview of How History Formed the United States Empire and America's Manifest Destiny for the 21st Century
Angry White Male
The Writer’s Life
From the Frat House to the White House to the Big House
Ambition: My Struggles to Fail and Succeed in Baseball, Politics, Hollywood, Writing . . . and the Rocly Path I’ve Walked With Christ
What Is Truth? Powers That Were, Powers That Are.
Praise for Steven Travers
“A fascinating new book, The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times . . .”
- Steve Serby, New York Post sports columnist
“I really enjoy your writing and how you tell the story. You are truly blessed . . . Your blog brought back a lot of wonderful memories as a kid growing up on Long Island and watching the Mets throughout my youth. Going to the games with my dad, similar to the way you and your dad bonded through the A's.”
+ Pete Spadora/“Spadora on Sports,” New York
Another bull’s-eye by Steven Travers. He has captured the love, laughter, and largesse of the 1962 baseball season, maybe the most entertaining season of all time, especially in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Yes, he can. And did.
- Maury Allen, author of Yankees World Series Memories
Steve Travers does a really fine job of capturing not only the highlights and sidelights of those memorable days in the early 1960s, but he also focuses on some of the legends of that golden era, including Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Maury Wills, Orlando Cepeda, Don Drysdale, Whitey Ford, and so many more. Entertaining, informative, and a great read for the hardcore and the casual fan.
- Bruce Macgowan, Comcast SportsNet Bay
ESPN Voice Jon Miller dubs the 1962 baseball season his ‘coming of age as a baseball fan.’ Steven Travers relives that season in this engaging and lively work. A book utterly worthy of an unforgettable yewar.
- Curt Smith, author of Voices of the Game and Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story
If (Travers) ever decides to write another screenplay, he might do well to base the next one on his own life . . . As for the movie based on his own life, he can probably hold off on developing that one for now. He's got a lot of work ahead of him still . . . Steven Travers always seems to have a new sports book hot off the presses these days.
- Vincent Tannura, Marin Independent Journal
"He brings the perspective of a former athlete. He's a good writer, and he's got a real passion for what he does, especially for Southern Cal football, and that's always great to have in a writer."
- Tom Bast, Triumph Books
Some of the stuff he writes . . . is just wonderful
- Al Endriss
Steve Travers has written a literary masterpiece, One Night, Two Teams. He is going to be a legend.
- Mr. Football (Vince Turner), Radio Blogspot
Steve Travers is the next great USC historian, in the tradition of Jim Murray, John Hall, and Mal Florence! . . . the Trojan Family needs your work. Fight On!
—USC Head Football Coach Pete Carroll
. . . Steve Travers tells us all about the exciting and remarkable football . . . . that not only changed the way the game is played; it . . . changed the world.
—Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump
In both Dodgers Past & Present and A Tale of Three Cities, Steve Travers provides photos and stories I never knew before.
- Fred Wallen, John Woolard. Sports Overnight
Steve Travers combines wit, humor, social pathos and historical knowledge with the kind of sports expertise that only an ex-jock is privy to; it is reminiscent of the work of Jim Bouton, Pat Jordan and Dan Jenkins, combined with Jim Murray’ turn of phrase, Hunter Thompson’s hard-scrabble Truths, and David Halberstam’s unique take on our nation’s place in history. His writing is great storytelling, and the result is pure genius every time.
—Westwood One radio personality Mike McDowd
Only someone like Steve Travers could convey what Seaver meant to the history of the National Pastime over almost two decades.
- Talk host Fred Wallin
You are one of the finest writers in America.
- Talk host Fred Wallin
Steve Travers is a great writer, an educated athlete who knows how to get inside the player’s heads, and when that happens, greatness occurs. He’s gonna be a superstar.
—San Francisco Examiner
Steve Travers is a phenomenal writer, an artist who labors over every word to get it just right, and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of sports and history.
Steve Travers is a Renaissance man.
—Jim Rome Show
He is very qualified to continue to write books such as this one. Good job.
—Marty Lurie/"Right Off the Bat" Oakland A’s Pregame Host
“You have again handled the subject matter with aplomb.”
- Marty Lurie/San Francisco Giants’ pre-game host
Steve’s a literate ex-athlete, an ex-Trojan, and a veteran of Hollywood, too.
—Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton/XTRA Radio, San Diego
You’ve done some good writin’, dude.
—KFOG Radio, San Francisco
[Travers is] one of the great sportswriters on the current American scene.
—Joe Shea/Radio Talk Host and Editor
Travers appears to have the right credentials for the task.
—USA Today Baseball Weekly
A very interesting read which is not your average . . . book. . . . Steve has achieved his bona fides when it comes to having the credentials to write a book like this.
—Geoff Metcalfe/KSFO Radio, San Francisco
This is a fascinating book written by a man who knows his subject matter inside and out.
—Irv Kaze/KRLA Radio, Los Angeles
Travers . . . established himself as a writer of many dimensions . . . a natural.
—John Jackson/Ross Valley Reporter
Steve Travers is a true USC historian and a loyal Trojan!
—Former USC football player John Papadakis
Pete Carroll calls you "the next great USC historian," high praise indeed.
- Rob Fukuzaki/ABC7, Los Angeles
Steve Travers is perhaps my favorite writer, a great writer and I always enjoy his musings, particularly on SC football – huge fan!
- Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane
Steven Travers is one of the most accomplished sports sports journalists in our nation today and One Night, Two Teams is his defining work to this point.
Travers, a USC grad, portrays the game and USC's victory as a tipping point in the integration of college football and the South, a triumph for the forces of equality . . . his larger view of the game hits home in most respects, and he provides a compelling account- drawing from dozens of interviews with participants, coaches, drawing from dozens of others - of a clash between two schools with decidedly different approaches to the composition of their football rosters . . . Ain all, an intriguing premise and a well-told story.
- Wes Lukowsky, Booklist
The book is not just about sports but how sports and that September 1970 game in particular relate to the intertwining of sports, race, politics, history, religion and philosophy.
- Harold Abend, In Scope
One Night . . . is a tour de force.
- Marin I.J.
Travers combines wit, humor and historical knowledge in his writings.
- University of Southern California
Wow what a great job!!!! . . . I love the book . . . It's one of those you look forward to reading at special times . . . I can't say enough!
- Lonnie White, Los Angeles Times
This is a book about American society. It sheds incredible light on little-known events that every American must know to understand this country . . . In 20 years, people will say of this book what they said about Roger Kahn's The Boys of Summer.
- Fred Wallin, Business Talk radio
Steve is the USC historian whose meticulous attention to detail is a revelation. He is the best chronicler of USC ever.
- Chuck Hayes, CRN “Sports Corner”
This is fabulous, just a terrific look at our history. Travers is one of the best writers around.
- Rod Brooks, “Fitz & Brooks Show,” KNBR/San Francisco
You have created a work of art here, an absolutely great book. We love your work.
- Bob Fitzgerald, “Fitz & Brooks Show,” KNBR/San Francisco
When it comes to sports history, this is the man right here.
- Gary Radnich, KRON/5, San Francisco
Author Steven Travers discusses his new book . . .
- Orange County Register
. . . Join Steve Travers . . . at the Autograph Stage . . .
- ESPN Radio
. . . Steve Travers, author of One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed a Nation . . .
- Los Angeles Daily News
Steve Travers, a sports historian . . .
- Los Alamitos News-Enterprise
Hear this dynamic speaker tell how this famous game changed history.
- Friends of the Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library
This is a fabulous book.
- Michaela Pereira/ KTLA 5, Los Angeles
Travers presents this particular game in 1970 as a metaphor for the profound changes in social history during the emancipation of the South.
- Publishers Weekly
. . . Explored in rich, painstaking detail by Steve Travers.
- Jeff Prugh, L.A. Times beat writer who covered the 1970 USC-Alabama game
You're a prolific talent.
- Curtis Kim, KSRO Radio, Santa Rosa
Is there anything you've not written?
- Vernon Glenn, KRON/4, San Francisco
You are the Poet Laureate of the USC Program.! Please keep writing.
- Tony Pattiz, USC class of 1980
(The chapter in One Night, Two Teams) on Martin Luther King - the description of the civil rights movement - your insights, the research - what an education I received from reading it. It should be required reading by every student in America! Every citizen. No wonder there were so many African Americans on the Mall a week ago! . . . I am sure there are many blacks who would say it is impossible for a white man to really understand the struggle. And, in one sense they are definitely right because you are not black. But, wow - I think you did an excellent job in bringing it together - telling the story and making me think!
- Dwight Chapinn, Nixon White House appointments secretary
A's Essential: Everything You Need To Be a Real Fan offers a breezy history . . .
- Bruce Dancis/Sacramento Bee
What A’s Essential does give us in heaps is the history specific players and other A’s personnel . . . Travers manages to dig up plenty of interesting quotes and his knowledge of other writings about the A’s is voluminous. He finds enough fascinating material . . . interesting and add(s) to the reader’s experience with the book . . . A’s Essential can be a useful source to those who are students of A’s history
- Brian James Oak/www.atthehomeplate.com
As an Oakland fan, I was therefore interested to find A’s Essential when browsing on Amazon recently
- Matt Smith, MLB.com
USC fans will surely use this as ammunition in an argument against an Irish fan . . .
- Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News
Travers is a real baseball talent.
- Jaybird’s Jotting’s
Steve Travers . . . is an accomplished sportswriter who has written an interesting book.
- Bruce Macgowan,. KNBR sports personality
The windup: History, facts, pictures, stories, trivia on the history of the Dodgers. The pitch: Take the entry we did . . .
- Tom Hoffarth, L.A. Daily News
I got this new book about the Dodgers called Dodgers Past and Present. It is a cool book about the Dodgers. It even has a little piece about the Dodgers and the Dukes and the Dodgers Returning to Albuquerque as their Triple A affiliate. This is a must have for Dodger fans I recomend it to Dodger and Isotope fans.
- Ilove thisgame.com
Steve Travers is a highly accomplished man, a lecturer and author of many books, and these latest two are very high quality work.
- Marty Lurie
I knew you loved USC, but you really love USC!
- Fred Wallin, CRN national sporstalk host
A's Essential: Everything You Need To Be a Real Fan offers a breezy history (with emphasis on the Oakland years), player biographies, Top 10 lists, trivia questions and more about the Athletics' franchise that has resided in Philadelphia, Kansas City and, since 1968, Oakland.
- Bruce Dancis/Sacramento Bee
The author . . . sends a clear message that what we need to understand to be a real fan is history. The book follows the A's from the Connie Mack era of the early 20th century up through the current incarnation of the team that made it to the American League Championship Series in 2006 . . . What A's Essential does give us in heaps is the history specific players and other A's personnel . . . Travers manages to dig up plenty of interesting quotes and his knowledge of other writings about the A's is voluminous. He finds enough fascinating material . . . He is ready to speculate on the use by a variety of players and Mark McGwire's chapter is particularly brutal as he views all of the slugger's achievements and troubles through the lens of steroids . . . A's Essential . . . interesting and add(s) to the reader's experience with the book . . . A's Essential can be a useful source to those who are students of A's history
- Brian James Oak/www.atthehomeplate.com
Fans of our Northern California big league teams will enjoy the latest entries in two series from Triumph Books. "Few and Chosen: Defining Giants Greatness Across the Eras" ($25.95, 256 pages), by former New York Giants hero Bobby Thomson and journalist Phil Pepe, chooses the all-time best players in the long history of the New York and San Francisco Giants, while "A's Essential: Everything You Need To Be a Real Fan" ($19.95, 240 pages) by Steven Travers, offers a breezy history (with emphasis on the Oakland years), player biographies, Top 10 lists, trivia questions and more about the Athletics' franchise that has resided in Philadelphia, Kansas City and, since 1968, Oakland.
- Bruce Dancis/Sacramento Bee
A's Essential unintentionally stirs a debate. While A's fans see their favorite players, Giambi, Tejada, Zito (and the list goes on), disappear for the greener pastures of free agency every year, the A's persevere. Look no further than the 2007 A's. Though virtually all of their best players have fallen and landed on the DL, the A's continue to perform successfully and are within shouting distance of the division lead. But if the team is not in fact the same team, what exactly are the fans cheering for? The great players on the DL? No. Their favorite players long gone to New York and San Francisco? Certainly not. The town of Oakland-hometown pride? Maybe, maybe not. When discussing this problem, Billy Beane has often referenced the old Jerry Seinfeld line, that A's fans are just 'rooting for laundry.' There is no easy answer to this question, but it is something we can try to determine by looking trough the pages of the aptly titled A's Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan! by Steven Travers.
- Brian James Oak
This is a great book … I like the way this book is put together.
- WDEF Radio, Chattanooga
Travers has produced a certifiable masterpiece with this portrayal of those Amazin' '69 Mets; the team that inspired the imagination of fans everywhere by not only making it to the World Series, but winning it as well, despite overwhelming odds. It's a great book. Travers brings the people & events clearly into focus, 40 years after the fact, with such clarity, it seems like it's a present-day story; it was a brilliant depiction of a team that may have appeared to be a bit flawed, but banded together in stunning fashion to shock the baseball world. Rarely. Rarely has a team captured the imagination of an entire country like those Mets, and it's a treat to recapture that magical season, with a superb piece of writing.
- Larry Underwood. Life Under the Corporate Microsope
Steven Travers is the best sportswriter in America. I have read all of Steven Travers' books, about 17 by now, and this is the finest sportswriter - maybe the best writer, period - in the U.S. He is a wordsmith who totally makes the 1969 season come alive. This book is a tapestry of baseball, New York City in disarray, the Vietnam War, a changing culture, racial attitudes, hippies, the whole scene in 1969. The Mets, Charles Manson, the Moon shot; all in one year. Tom Seaver is depicted as this Rushmore character, yet his flaws are not papered over. The way the season plays out, it reads like a novel. This should definitely be made into a movie!!
- Michael E. Woodson
Travers Always Hits a Home Run. I have long admired Steve Travers' work. His crisp and fast-paced writing style always keeps me hooked. I am truly amazed at the information he is able to gather to put his content together. He knows how to create a fascinating story and how to tell it well. Given the chance to speak to Mr. Travers I would say "Keep 'em comin' because your books are both delightful and insightful to read!!"
Cherie Kerr, Author –President, KerrPR
Steve is talented guy.
- Greg Papa, Comcast SportNet Bay Area Chronicle Live host
This is just one of the many tasty bits of trivia packed into Steven Travers’ treatment of the Dodgers franchise.
- Robert Democh, At Home Plate
Nobody, and I mean nobody, has come close to capturing the feel, the attitude and the unqiue sense of Americana, Southern California style, that happened when big league ball came to Hollywood, like this awesome writer Steve Travers. This book is fabulous.
Dodgers: Past and Present is an excellent overview of an iconic franchise. Whether you are a Dodgers fan or simply a baseball fan wanting to learn more about the game’s history, it’s an enjoyable book to add to your collection.
- Matt Smith, Baseball Great Britain
These are well written . . . This is an ode to Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson.
Travers’ work is a remarkably frank assessment of Bonds’ character, his background, his flaws and virtues.
- Jon Caroulis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Steven Travers offers a multitude of game facts. Gridiron Gauntlet: The Story of the Men Who Integrated Pro Football, in Their...
- Publisher's Weekly
Travers paints a beautiful picture of baseball in its golden age, a time that should be remembered fondly. All of the characters with their required personas are there: the declining superstar Duke Snider, the partying Mickey Mantle and the blossoming superstar in Willie Mays. Travers integrates these stories into his storytelling seamlessly. It allows him to shift from topic to topic without catching up readers' attention.
- Daniel Paulling, At Home Plate
The images are unforgettable, and too numerous to count.
- Book Site
Account of how race relations were impacted by USC's success against Alabama.
- Adam Rose, Los Angeles Times
He sends a clear message that what we need to understand to be a real fan is history. The book follows the A’s from the Connie Mack era of the early 20th century up through the current incarnation of the team that made it to the American League Championship Series in 2006.
- Brian Oakchunas, At Home Plate
A must have for all Raidser Nation.
Steve Travers: best sportswriter in America.
His book tells the tale of the single most impossible, unbelievable, and wonderful sports story of all time—of the 1969 “Amazin’ Mets” and their incredible spring, summer, and fall. But it does much more than simply recount how the worst sports franchise ever ascended to greatness in a few short months.
- Google Books
Lots of cool stuff on Bo Belinsky . . .
- Halos Heaven
Dodgers Past & Present is a fine coffee table book that does a great job of capturing many of the key images in Dodgers franchise history, oftentimes linking black-and-white pictures of the past with full-color pictures of modern times.
- Steve Sax, Sons of Steve Garvey
On deck: Steven Travers, author of Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman.
- San Francisco Chronicle
A Tale of Three Cities is just marvelous. I have seen everything and this book contains anecdotes and quotes I’ve never seen; where did you find all these nuggets?
- Mary Lurie, “Right Off the Bat”
Whenever something happens with USC, Steve Travers is the man I think of.
- Greg Papa, host of Comcast Sports Bay Area's "Chronicle Live"
I loved One Night, Two Teams. There was a compelling political argument made in that book that I thought was so on-point that I read it on the air.
- Conservative talk host Brian Sussman, KSFO/San Francisco
I think Steve Travers is a really great writer.
- New York sports talk host Pete Spadora (“Spadora on Sports”)
Reading The Last Icon. It's doing a fantastic job of bringing me back to my days as a teenager growing up in Brooklyn, rooting for the Mets. I'm only a few chapters in, but I understand already why I liked Seaver so much, that inability he had to be okay with losing and not trying. I was like that as a ballplayer, but with no talent, tho' I plan to try to find an over-60 hardball league when I retire in a few years to see if I can pitch any now. Hell, I'm a lefty and we develop late.
I'm a book designer and must say Rowman & Littlefield did a good job producing your book. It's easy on the eyes without distracting from your words. Next time I'm in Marin visiting my stepdaughter and her family, I'll tip a glass toward you for some of the best writing on a sports personality that I've read in years.
- Stephen Tiano
The Barry Zito article was a great piece! I hung on every word. It will certainly be one of the best pieces we have published in the past 20 years. Thank you so much for a terrific effort. I can’t wait to see it in print.
- Sloane Citron, editor, Gentry magazine
Another great book by Steve Travers.
- Brad Kurtzberg, SCN
Steve is the official historian of USC athletics.
- Dan Durbin, USC professor
I highly recommend One Night, Two Teams.
- David Wharton, L.A. Times
The Poet is both a biography and a compendium of Murray’s great writing; very well laid out.
- Marty Lurie, KNBR
Steven Travers provides an in-depth look at a man whose influence went far beyond the baseball diamond and the boxing ring.
- Potomac Books
Steve has tremendous passion.
- Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist
The subject of Travers' latest book is another figure who showed that sports can reveal deeper truths about the world we live in. In "The Poet," Travers explores the life and work of the legendary Times sports columnist Jim Murray.
The book was inspired by Murray's column on the historic 1970 USC-Alabama football game, which marked the first time a fully integrated team played in Alabama. USC won handily, and college football in the South was never the same.
Travers said Murray's approach to sportswriting was, "I will not write from the myopia of the press box. I will write about cities, I will write about my experience, I will write about the place I'm at."
- Los Angeles Times
This book is awesome and the interview Steve and I did about this book is one of my all time favorites not to mention one of the most downloaded.
- The Phil Naessens Show
"BARRY BONDS: BASEBALL'S SUPERMAN"
Travers' new book finally explains the phenomenon.
…the Bonds tale is spelled out in the most thorough, interesting, revealing, concise manner ever reached.
MAURY ALLEN/WWW.THECOLUMNISTS.COM, GANNETT NEWSPAPERS
I think you’ll not only enjoy yourself but learn a few things that you didn’t know about Barry Bonds. And perhaps you’ll come to realize as I have, that he’s not only a great ballplayer, but a most interesting person.
BRUCE MACGOWAN/KNBR RADIO, SAN FRANCISCO
Travers appears to have the right credentials for the task: He is a former minor leaguer who also penned screenplays in addition to a column for the San Francisco Examiner. He calls on that background in crafting a straightforward, warts-and-all profile that remains truthful without becoming a mean-spirited hatchet job…
USA TODAY BASEBALL WEEKLY
(Steve Travers) is a Renaissance Man...a great read...entertaining.
JIM ROME SHOW
A great new baseball book and must-read for fans of the Giants and Barry Bonds.
MIKE MCDOWD/KFTY 50, SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA
Travers’ work is a remarkably frank assessment of Bonds’ character, his background, his flaws and virtues...
Steve Travers is a great writer, an educated athlete who knows how to get inside the player's heads, and when that happens, greatness occurs. He's gonna be a superstar...the best columnist in the Bay Area.
DAVE BURGIN/EDITOR, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
Steve Travers is a phenomenal writer, an artist who labors over every word to get it just right, and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of sports and history.
Bonds book paints tough portrait.
DWIGHT CHAPIN/SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
A very interesting read which is not your average baseball book…Steve has achieved his bona fides when it comes to having the credentials to write a book like this.
GEOFF METCALFE/KSFO RADIO, SAN FRANCISCO; SYNDICATED ON WORLDNETDAILY
This is a fascinating book written by a man who knows his subject matter inside and out.
IRV KAZE/KRLA RADIO, LOS ANGELES
Get this book. You've brought Bonds to life.
FRED WALLIN, SYNDICATED SPORTSTALK RADIO HOST, LOS ANGELES
This promises to be the biggest sports book of 2002.
GREP PAPA/KTCT RADIO, SAN FRANCISCO
This cat struck out Kevin Mitchell five times in one game. I'll read the book for that reason alone. Plus, he hangs out with Charlie Sheen. How do I get that gig?
ROD BROOKS/KTCT RADIO, SAN FRANCISCO
…gossipy, easy-to-read tale…explores the sports culture that influences this distinguished slugger…entertaining.
Warts-and-all…Travers explores Bonds' mercurial temper and place in baseball history.
…the first comprehensive biography of Barry Bonds.
BUD GERACIE/SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Travers thought he hit the jackpot…
FURMAN BISCHER/ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
Travers…hit the big time…Travers…established himself as a writer of many dimensions…a natural . . . You were ahead of your time with the Bonds book. I still think it is the best biography of him I've seen. It does more to capture his personality than all the steroid books and articles.
JOHN JACKSON/ROSS VALLEY REPORTER
Travers is a minor league pitcher turned sports writer, and therefore qualified to evaluate [Larry] Dierker's thought process in ordering all those walks regardless of the score or the situation.
STAN HOCHMAN/PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
…looks at all of Barry's warts, yet remains in the end favorable to him. Not an easy balancing act. This is not your average sports book. It is edgy and filled with laughs... and inside baseball. Good, solid reading.
GRAND SLAM HOME RUN. Travers, a former baseball pitcher himself, delves into the mind of Bonds.
It reveals some aspects of his relationship with Willie Mays and is instructive in what makes Barry tick, good and bad.
It's a great read.
PETE WILSON/KGO RADIO, SAN FRANCISCO
"This a good book that really covers his whole life, and informs us where Bonds is coming from. His entire life is laid out. He is very qualified to continue to write books such as this one. Good job."
MARTY LURIE/"RIGHT OFF THE BAT" OAKLAND A'S PRE-GAME HOST
…a quality piece…(Travers) uses his experiences in baseball…providing a humorous glimpse into the life of a player. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely…laughed out loud several times at Travers' unique way of explaining his experiences. This book is definitely worth the time.
Travers’ account mentions everything from cocaine to sex to car crashes to what Bonds said he would do to Roger Clemens…more than a “hit” piece.
JOHNSON CITY PRESS
Travers' book does do a more well-rounded job of solving the mystery of who Bonds is…appealing…is the more inside look at Bonds in Travers' book.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
…Travers' work is every baseball aficionado's dream.
FAIRFIELD DAILY REPUBIC
You've created quite a stir here at the station, with the Giants, and throughout baseball.
RICK BARRY SHOW/KNBR RADIO, SAN FRANCISCO
You've stirred a hornet's nest here, man.
JT "THE BRICK"/SYNDICATED NATIONAL SPORTS HOST
This is a controversial subject and a controversial player, but you've educated us.
RON BARR/"SPORTSLINE", ARMED FORCES RADIO NETWORK
A baseball player who can write…who knew? This one sure can!
ARNY "THE STINKIN' GENIUS" SPANYER/FOX SPORTS RADIO, LOS
You know baseball like few people I've ever spoken to.
ANDY DORFF/SPORTSTALK HOST, PHOENIX, PHILADELPHIA AND NEW JERSEY
Congratulations…a tour de force.
KATE DELANCEY/WFAN RADIO, NEW YORK CITY
DON SHIELDS/WRKD RADIO, HONOLULU
I really loved this book.
DAVID UNKLE/WNJC RADIO, NEW JERSEY
BRIAN LONG/KGEO RADIO, BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA
I can't stand Bonds, but you've done a good job with a difficult subject.
GRANT NAPIER/SACRAMENTO SPORTSTALK HOST
Steve's a literate ex-athlete, an ex-Trojan and a veteran of Hollywood, too.
LEE "HACKSAW" HAMILTON/XTRA RADIO, SAN DIEGO
A great book about a great player.
KTHK RADIO, SACRAMENTO
Here's the man to talk to regarding the subject of Barry Bonds.
JOHN LOBERTINI/KPIX TV, SAN FRANCISCO
He's enlightened us on the subject of Bonds, his father, and Godfather, Willie Mays.
BRIAN SUSSMAN/KPIX TV, SAN FRANCISCO
I hate Bonds, but you're okay.
SCOTT FERRALL/SYNDICATED NATIONAL AND NEW YORK
You've done some good writin', dude.
KFOG RADIO, SAN FRANCISCO
One of the better baseball books I've read.
KOA RADIO, DENVER
…the "last word" on Barry Bonds…
SCOTT REIS/ESPN TV
…a hot new biography on Barry Bonds…
…one of the great sportswriters on the current American scene, Steve Travers…
JOE SHEA/RADIO TALK HOST, BRADENTON, FLORIDA AND EDITOR, AMERICAN-REPORTER.COM
"To a real pro."
JEFF PRUGH, FORMER L.A. TIMES REPORTER
“It was a good read.”
LANCE WILLIAMS/AUTHOR, GAME OF SHADOWS
Travers appeared, promoting "Barry Bonds: Baseball's Superman", on:
CNN, ESPN News, KPIX/5 in San Francisco, KRON/4 in San Francisco, NBC/3 in San Jose, KFTY/50 in Santa Rosa, plus other TV stations.
Steve was a guest on the Jim Rome Show. He has appeared numerous times with Bruce Magowan and on the Rick Barry Show, on KNBR, the "Giant 68". He has been a guest on the Greg Papa Show and with Rod Brooks on KTCT in San Francisco. Other appearances include:
Fred Wallin's nationally-syndicated radio program
"JT the Brick's" nationally-syndicated show
Arny Spanyer on KXTA in Los Angeles
Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton on XTRA in San Diego
The Pete Wilson program on KGO in San Francisco
With Kate DeLancey on WFAN in New York City
"Sportsline", Ron Barr's nationally-syndicated program (including the Armed Forces Radio Network)
Marty Lurie's "Right Off the Bat" Oakland A's pre-game show on KSFO in San Francisco
Grant Napier's program on KTHK in Sacramento
Plus local stations in California, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Virginia, Hawaii, and other states.
He has beeen written up in USC Trojan Family, the USC Film School newsletter, the UCLA Writers' Program newsletter, and received notice in:
Mal Florence's column in the Los Angeles Times
Scott Ostler in the San Francisco Chronicle
Skip Bayless and Bud Geracie in the San Jose Mercury News
Numerous publications have given "Barry Bonds: Baseball's Superman" predominatly good-to-excellent reviews.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth; early sports books given to me by my dad and grandfather, who was a Hollywood silent film writer; the film PATTON, which taught me that there is a thin red line between good and evil, and that this thin red line, on this Earth at least, is the United States of America!
"There does not exist in the compass of language an arrangement of words to express so much as the means of effecting a counter-revolution. The means must be an obliteration of knowledge; and it has never yet been discovered how to make man unknow his knowldege, or unthink his thoughts." - Thomas Paine
What's the most human thing there is? What's the quality that all people you know have got, the outstanding quality in all of them? Their motive power? Fear. Not fear of anyone in particular, just fear. Just a great, blind force without object. Malicious fear. The kind that makes them want to see you suffer. Because they know that they, too, will have to suffer and it makes it easier, to know that you do also. The kind that makes them want to see you being small and smutty. Small people are safe. It's not really fear, it's more than that . . .
When you work harder than anyone else, when you work like a fright engine while others take it easy, and so you beat them at it - people call you unscrupulous. That's human also. You don't work like that just to make money. It's something else. It's a great, driving energy - a creative energy? - no, it's the principle of creation itself. It's what makes everything in the world . . . and now they hate him. And he's not bitter about it . . . Because he wants to work - not to make money, just to work, just to fight and take chances - because that energy cannot be kept still. . . . . . .
But this boy . . . has no real, driving desire for anything . . . There's no passion to him, no goal. He doesn't care what he does or how or who tells him to do it. He's never created anything. He's given nothing to the world and never will. But he wants security from the world. And he's liked by everybody. And he has everybody's sympathy . . . - The Simplest Thing in the World by Ayn Rand (1940)
Those who criticize you out of malice are small and petty people; unimpressives whose words carry no weight nor substance, motivated by knowledge that what you do, they cannot, or will never do. Go forth and produce excellence. Let this be your answer and your monument. It shall stand the test of time. The words of the unimpressive will blow away with the wind, yet always be of Christian charity, uttering kind words with a generosity of spirit. - Steven Travers, 2009
Associate producer of the movie JOHN AND BEAR, based in part on the book ONE NIGHT, TWO TEAMS: ALABAMA VS. USC AND THE GAME THAT CHANGED A NATION (2007), paperback release in 2010; THE DUKE, LONGHORNS, AND CHAIRMAN MAO (due fall, 2013).
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