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About Cecilia Tan
Cecilia Tan has been writing professionally since she was a teenager in the mid-1980s, when she sold articles, interviews, and photographs to teen magazines like Teen Machine and wrote a monthly column for Superteen.

She established herself as a science fiction/fantasy writer and editor in the 1990s, but found her passion for baseball kept bringing her back to that subject. Cecilia began writing about baseball in her mid-thirties, when the McGwire/Sosa home run race and the Joe Torre Yankees rekindled her childhood interest in the sport. This blog and many freelance gigs as writer and editor have followed. Since 2011, she has served as Publications Director for SABR (Society for American Baseball Research), where her duties include editing the Baseball Research Journal and overseeing the publication of The National Pastime and SABR’s publishing program which includes BioProject books and other publications.

Her past experience writing and editing baseball has taken her on a winding path through the changing field of sportswriting, publishing, and the Internet. Shortly after founding the blog “Why I Like Baseball” in 1999, by the 2000 season she had begun writing weekly column for YankeesXtreme.com (the subscription website of the New York Yankees before the creation of MLB.com). She eventually wrote a number of features for Yankees Magazine. In 2005 she became the Yankees beat writer for Gotham Baseball Magazine, and as a senior writer provided a weekly team report and a column of Yankees observations for www.GothamBaseball.com called “Good Eye.” In 2005, her book on the history of the New York Yankees, The 50 Greatest Yankee Games was published by Wiley. The paperback followed in 2006, along with a followup book, The 50 Greatest Red Sox Games, co-authored with Bill Nowlin (recently reissued by Riverdale Avenue Books).

In 2007, she became the editor of the Yankees Annual (previous titled Bombers Broadside, and later known as Yankees Yearly and In The Dugout: Yankees), for Maple Street Press/Lindy’s, and also wrote the annual roster previews and other features for the magazine until its demise in 2014. She also served as associate editor on MSP’s The Ultimate Yankees Companion, a team encyclopedia for which she wrote many player biographies.

In 2008-2009 she was a staff writer for the Baseball Early Bird, a daily morning email newsletter for baseball lovers that included recaps of the night’s previous games, historical trivia, a snippet of stats, and insightful pieces about International, minor/independent league, Little league, and other forms of baseball.

She has several Red Sox-related editing projects under her belt as well, having co-edited with Bill NowlinThe Fenway Project (Rounder Books, 2004, reissued by SABR) and ’75: The Red Sox Team That Saved Baseball. She contributed biographies of Elston Howard and Gary Bell to The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox (Rounder Books, 2006), and was also the book’s copyeditor.

She is a member of the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM), the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), and the National Writers Union (NWU).

Some Baseball-Related Publications:

  • In Baseball’s Greatest Rivalry, ed. by Harvey Frommer and Frederick Frommer, “The Duel,” article on May 28, 2000 grudge match between Pedro/Clemens
  • Mudville Magazine, Feburary 2003
    “Singin’ the Blues,” article on MLB public relations, umpiring and the QuesTec system
  • Yankees Magazine, the official scorecard magazine sold in Yankee Stadium–various articles:
    • Interview feature on 1962 W.S. MVP pitcher Ralph Terry
    • Feature article on Luis Sojo career retrospective
    • Special piece on “star” spring training instructors
  • Baseball Ink magazine
    “Baseball Time” September 2000, Vol. 2, No. 2

Other Positions Held

  • Staff writer, Yankeebaseball.net–September 2001 to May 2003
    Wrote game recaps, post-season previews, spring training reports, and other pieces for front page of this online team site. (Site now defunct.)
  • Columnist, Yankees Xtreme–June 2000 through October 2000
    Provided a weekly column to the official pay-subscription site of the New York Yankees (prior to MLB.com closing the individual team sites.)

10 Comments to “About the Author”


  1. Douglas Heller says:

    I just met Phil Linz at a real estate function. He said that the famous harmonica was broken into three pieces by Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford took them and won’t give them back. However, on Wikipedia, it says the harmonica is in a collection. Who is correct?

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    • Douglas, good question. I would think Linz would know, but ballplayers also have notoriously bad memories and forget which parts of their stories are embellishments and which are actually true. If I run into Linz, Whitey, and/or Yogi this spring training, I’ll see what they say, but it doesn’t mean they’re right!

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  2. Cecilia,

    This is the second year I’ve come down for a week of Spring Training at Steinbrenner Field. I have a quick question about warm up times. I went to two games last year but they were both day games. I got some good autographs – Reggie Jackson, Mickey Rivers, Johnny Damon – but this year we are going to two night games and I was wondering if you knew of a good time to go down to the practice field to get autographs. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Alex

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    • Alex, the pregame schedule is pretty much the same no matter what time the game is. So stuff that happens at 10am before a 1pm game, happens at 4pm for a 7pm game, etc. For an evening game some players might arrive even earlier to get in extra work in the batting cages and the like (though there were days when I got to the press box at 7am and Don Mattingly was already in the cage with someone at that hour, so that happens in the mornings too).

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  3. CELIA
    I stumbled across this site while researching an article. I have enjoyed your work for years. I invite you to check out my website, jsut begun, at http://www.planetvalenti.com. It’s not baseball related but will include periodic entries on ALL topics. Enjoyed your work with Bill Nowlin. Best, DAN

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  4. dave hughes says:

    ITS YOUR COUSIN IN NEW YORK,I HAVE READ YOUR WONDERFUL BOOK,AND HAVE READ ALL THE ARTICLES ON YOUR WEB SITES,I THINK THERE WONDERFUL,PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK FOR ALL THE DEVOTED YANKEE FANS,SAY HELLO TO MOM AND DAD,TALK TO YOU SOON,COUSIN DAVE.

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  5. Abby Rosario says:

    It was nice meeting you at SABR 2011! (Felt a little out numbered as a Yankee fan, esp. when Gennaro said at that historic moment, “Jeter hit 3,000, now we can all move on.”) Enjoying your site.
    Abby

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    • Hi Abby! What you may not know is that Vince is a HUGE Yankees fan. HUGE. So never assume what people’s motivations are! He wouldn’t have mentioned Jeter at all, probably, otherwise!

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