Rob Rains

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Rob Rains
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Rob Rains Throws Out First Pitch- Springfield Cardinals 2010
Nationality American
Notable works 'The Curse: Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Or Do They?' 'James Naismith: The Man Who Invented Basketball'
Notable awards The Freedom Forum Grant

Rob Rains is a former National League beat writer for USA Today's Baseball Weekly and for three years covered the St. Louis Cardinals for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat until its collapse in the 1980s.[1] He was awarded the Freedom Forum Grant to teach Journalism for a year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State. Rains has been writing books, magazine articles, and doing radio[2] for the past 10 years.[3] He is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Rains has written or co-written 29 books, most on baseball, including autobiographies or biographies of Mark McGwire, Ozzie Smith,[4] Jack Buck, Red Schoendienst, and Dave Phillips. Rains is also the co-author of The Curse: Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Or Do They?[5] which he wrote with former St. Louis Cardinal Andy Van Slyke. The Curse is a novel that describes a tragic plane crash that kills almost the entire Chicago Cubs roster, and the new players that soldier on to take the Cubs to their first World Series in decades.[6] Rains is also the author of James Naismith: The Man Who Invented Basketball, co-written with Naismith's granddaughter Hellen Carpenter.[7]

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  1. ^ "Rob Rains - Barnes & Noble". Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Rob Rains Interview". 2004-03-08. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Events Archive: 2009 « Missouri Literary Festival". Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  4. ^ Bodley, Hal (2002-07-25). "Ties That Bind Smith's Career". USA Today. USA Today, Gannet, Inc. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Cubs Win ... Cubs Win ... Or Do They?". 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  6. ^ Schwarz, Alan (10/03/2010). "30 SECONDS WITH ANDY VAN SLYKE; The Cubs' Curse, Writ Large". NY Times. Retrieved 16 September 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Interview with Rob Rains and Hellen Carpenter". Retrieved 2011-10-19.