Steve talks in 2020 how he got into writing about baseball and the writing process. Here is the link to the text interview

The Colonel and Hug is now available in paperback.

The Colonel and Hug

Nebraska Press Flyer pdf

Steve's 20-minute interview with sports executive Pat Williams mp3

The World Series in the Deadball Era: A History in the Words and Pictures of the Writers and Photographers

Steve discusses The World Series in the Deadball Erawith Brian Kenney of MLB NOW.
Read more about the book

Steve Steinberg joins Matt Vasgersian on MLB Central to talk about his book on former baseball player, Urban Shocker
MLB Interview with Steve on Former Baseball Player Urban Shocker


Urban Shocker is a winner of the 2018 SABR Baseball Research Award
Steve's book Urban Shocker is a winner of the 2018 SABR Baseball Research Award

Steve Steinberg joins MLB Now to discuss his book about Yankees' pitcher Urban Shocker
MLB Now Discussing Urban Shocker

Chris Russo and Steve Steinberg

Chris "Mad Dog" Russo talks to Steve about
the Deadball Era

Steve's Amazon Author Page


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Hot Springs, AK Postcard Front
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Hot Springs, AK Postcard Back
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Buckstaff Baths
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Quapaw Baths
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Superior Bath House
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Million Dollar Bath House Row and Promenade
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Ozark Baths
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Fordyce Baths
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Maurce Baths
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One of the public Hot Water Drinking Fountains
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New Army and Navy Hospital by Moonlight
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New Arlington Hotel
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Majestic Hotel, Annex and Bath House
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Alligator Farm
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Beautiful Magnolia Trees Bordering Bath House Row and Promenade
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Miniature Natural Hot Spring
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Lamar Bath House
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"Tufa Rock" in Government Park, Foot of West Mountain

Hot Springs, Arkansas was a popular spring training destination for baseball players in the early part of the 20 th century. The town’s natural, spring-fed mineral hot pools made it a resort destination, and many hotels and baths were built around this tourist draw.

While entire baseball teams did their pre-season training (Spring Training) in Hot Springs (see list below), individual players made the journey there on the way to their regular spring training sites in the south. They would ‘boil out,’ or lose excess weight gained in the off-season, in the baths. They also took hikes in the area’s rolling hills and crisp air.

Hot Springs was also a gathering place for ballplayers, where they could re-connect with others they had not seen since the end of the last season. Since formal Spring Training began around March 1, Hot Springs started bubbling with baseball activity in mid February.

Unless otherwise noted, these postcards are circa 1950. Many of these hotels and baths date back to the turn of the century.

Major League Baseball Teams:
Spring Training in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Team Year
Pittsburgh Pirates 1901-16, 1920-23
Detroit Tigers 1908
Boston Red Sox 1909-10, 1912-18, 1920-23
Chicago Cubs 1909-10
St. Louis Cardinals 1909-10
Brooklyn Dodgers 1910-12, 1917-18
Cincinnati Reds 1910-11
St. Louis Browns 1911
Philadelphia Phillies 1912
Courtesy of TOTAL BASEBALL 6. Article by Myles Friedman.

See all of the Hot Springs post cards here.

I'm glad you stopped by This site focuses on my research, writing and publishing, most of which revolve around the history of our National Pastime, the game of Baseball.

As I approached the age of 50, my world turned upside down when my career in retail came to an end. It was then that I discovered my passion for baseball's past, especially the people who took part in it. Within each one of them lies a story of significance and a vital part of the game's memories. My role has been to help rekindle those memories, to bring them back to life.

Steve with Yogi Berra
(l-r), Toni, Mollett (Casey Stengel's grandniece), Dave Kaplan (Director of Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center), Yogi Berra (seated), and Steve Steinberg

Time travel is possible. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Whether you access it from a book, photograph, film, web site, or the Dakota apartments, it can be done. Time and Again. It takes a special mix of believing and suspending belief. The rewards are beyond measure.

In the past few years, I have made acquaintances with people in their 80s and 90s, who remember baseball in the 1920s. New friends, old friends. They are not simply links to the past; they facilitate my travel to that past.

Many of my friends do indeed live in the `teens and 1920s. I visit their world with respect and awe. It is a world of a stick and a ball and a vast expanse of grass. While things around the ballpark have changed beyond belief, the world within has stayed the way it was.

Books, articles, and research projects are taking shape in my mind every day. I hope you stay here a while and see what I see, a timeless world of a perfect game, and the people who took part in it.

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