Authors: Steven Travers
1962 was the last year of American innocence;
before the assassination of John F. Kennedy, before Vietnam; before
the protests, the drugs and the "sexual revolution"; before
Watergate and the great division of American culture. But 1962 also
represents one of those years that stand out in history, like 1776,
1865, 1927, 1945, 1989 and 2001. It was a year of enormous cultural
change, in which the tides of modern politics were formed, thus
shaping the world we have lived in ever since.
1962 was also one of the greatest years in
the history of sports; a particularly great California sports
season in which the Southern California Trojans won the national
championship in football, the recently-arrived Los Angeles Lakers
started their famed rivalry with the Boston Celtics; and the
transplanted New York teams, the San Francisco Giants and Los
Angeles Dodgers, intensified their rivalry in ways never even seen
In one of the greatest pennant races of all
time, the Giants survived to overtake the favored Dodgers, only to
face the winner of New York’s war of baseball attrition, the fabled
Yankees, in a classic World Series for the ages. While all of this
was going on, events were taking place in Washington, Moscow and
Cuba that would have profound consequences on the Cold War and
The easygoing Beach Boys
L.A., the last vestiges of San Francisco sophistication, and the
final throes of Sinatra swank in the Big Apple, were threatened by
the Earth-shaking fact that the Soviets were planting missiles in
Fidel Castro’s enslaved Communist Cuba. While baseball games were
being played, a deadly serious chess match was fought between
President Kennedy, Castro and Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev.
Here are the heroes: Mickey Mantle and Whitey
Ford; Willie Mays and Willie McCovey; Sandy Koufax and Don
Drysdale. Here is Hollywood adoration of the Dodgers; San
Francisco’s psychic battle between inferiority and superiority; and
New York: the New Rome, rulers of sport and society. We see the
Angels in the "Sunset Strip summer" of '62; across the continent,
the comical Mets as a sideshow; and of course, the “missiles of
Steven Travers is a USC
graduate and ex-professional baseball player. He is the author of
Barry Bonds: Baseball’s
, nominated for a Casey Award (best
baseball book of 2002). He is also the author of
The USC Trojans: College Football’s All-Time
(a National Book Network
“top 100 seller”);
One Night, Two Teams:
Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed a Nation
(subject of a documentary and major motion
picture, a 2007 PNBA nominee); five books in the Triumph/Random
Dodgers, Angels, D’backs,
Good, the Bad & the Ugly Los Angeles Lakers
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly San Francisco
Miracle: Tom Seaver and the 1969 Amazin’ Mets
College Football's All-Time Top 25
TITLE WILL CHANGE and
Tale of Three Cities:
New York, L.A. and San Francisco in October of
Steve was a
magazine in Los Angeles and the
San Francisco Examiner
He also penned the screenplay,
Travers helped lead Redwood High
School of Marin County, California to the baseball national
championship his senior year; attended college on an athletic
scholarship; was an all-conference pitcher; and coached at USC,
Cal-Berkeley and in Europe. He also attended law school, served in
the Army, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Southern
California. A fifth generation Californian, Steve has a daughter,
Elizabeth Travers and still resides in the Golden State.
Books written by Steven Travers
One Night, Two Teams:
Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed A Nation
(also a documentary,
, and soon to be
a major motion picture)
A’s Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be A
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!
Everything You Need to Know to Be A Real
The USC Trojans: College Football's All-Time
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Los Angeles
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Oakland
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly San
Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman
College Football’s Top 25
All-Time Greatest Traditions
The Last Miracle: Tom Seaver and the 1969
A Tale of Three Cities: New York, L.A. and
San Francisco in October of ‘62
God's Country: A
Conservative, Christian Worldview of How History Formed the United
States Empire and America's Manifest Destiny for the
Angry White Male
The Writer’s Life
Praise for Steven Travers
Steve Travers is the next great USC
historian, in the tradition of Jim Murray, John Hall, and Mal
Florence! . . . The Trojan Nation needs your work!
- USC Head Football Coach Pete Carroll
I knew you loved USC, but you
love USC! 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
- Fred Wallin, CRN national sportstalk
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’s 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
- Westwood One sports media personality Mike
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.
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
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
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
This is a fascinating book written by a man
who knows his subject matter inside and out.
- Irv Kaze/KRLA Radio, Los
Get this book.
You've brought Bonds to life.
- Fred Wallin/Syndicated
sportstalk host, Los Angeles
This promises to be the biggest sports book of
- Greg 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?
, KNBR Radio, San
. . . 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.
Jose Mercury News
Travers thought he hit the jackpot . . .
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.
Ross Valley Reporter
Travers is a minor league
pitcher-turned-sportswriter, and therefore qualified to evaluate
[Larry] Dierker's thought process in ordering all those walks
regardless of the score or the situation.
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.
It's a great read.
- Pete Wilson/KGO Radio, San Francisco
This is 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
. . .
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.
- John Kenny/www.esportnews.com
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
Fairfield Daily Republic
You've created quite a stir here at the
station, with the Giants, and throughout baseball.
Rick Barry/Hall of Fame basketball star and
sportstalk host, KNBR Radio, San Francisco
You've stirred a hornet's nest here,
- J.T. “The
Brick”/Syndicated national sportstalk host
This is a controversial subject and a
controversial player, but you've educated us.
Armed Forces Radio Network
A baseball player who can write . . . who
knew? This one sure can!