March 16, 2007


Notable San Francisco Chronicle reporter Einstein dies at 80 (AP, March 16, 2007)

Charles A. Einstein, a former San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle reporter who became a noted baseball historian and collaborated with Willie Mays on a pair of books, has died. He was 80. [...]

Einstein worked with Mays on the books Born to Play Ball and My Life In and Out of Baseball, and also wrote a television documentary on Mays' life. Einstein wrote or edited more than 35 books, including four volumes of the Fireside Book of Baseball. His 1979 book, "Willie's Time: Baseball's Golden Age," was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Born in Boston on Aug. 2, 1926, Einstein came from a show-business family. He was the son of comedian Harry Einstein, whose stage name was "Parkyakarkus." Harry Einstein died in 1958 when he slumped into Milton Berle's lap after performing during a roast for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

Charles Einstein was a half-brother of actor and director Albert Brooks and comedian Bob Einstein, also known as Super Dave Osborne.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2007 5:27 PM
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