Steven Krasner

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Steven Krasner
Born (1953-08-01) August 1, 1953 (age 63)
Occupation Sports journalist, Children's Books writer
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Columbia University

Steven Krasner (born August 1, 1953) is a retired sports journalist and current author of children's books. He is best known for covering the Boston Red Sox for The Providence Journal, which he did from 1986 until his retirement from the newspaper in 2008.[1] He has freelanced for ESPN-Boston.com and is Executive Director of Rhode Island Write on Sports.

Early life[edit]

Krasner grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, where he played varsity basketball and baseball at Cranston High School West. In 1975, he earned his bachelor's degree in English at Columbia University,[2] earning team captain and MVP honors on the baseball team during his senior year.[3] He was sports editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator.

Sports journalism[edit]

Krasner joined The Providence Journal in 1975 and covered many notable sports events, including three no-hitters and a number of World Series, baseball All-Star games, and Super Bowls. He was covering the 1989 World Series at Candlestick Park when it was interrupted by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake.[3]

Krasner was inducted into the Words Unlimited Hall of Fame in 2008 [4] and received the Dave O'Hara Award at the Boston Baseball Writers' Association of America dinner in 2010.[1] He is a voter for the Baseball Hall of Fame and was a longtime advocate for the inclusion of Jim Rice,[5] who was elected in his final year of eligibility in 2009. From 2010 to 2013 Krasner covered the Red Sox and the New England Patriots on a freelance basis for ESPN-Boston.com.

Children's books and current work[edit]

In addition to his sports writing career, Krasner has published numerous children's books. These include Why Not Call it Cow Juice?; The Longest Game; Pedro Martinez; Have a Nice Nap, Humphrey; Play Ball Like the Hall of Famers; and Play Ball Like the Pros. The latter won the Parents' Choice Silver Award in 2002.[2] Krasner currently travels around the United States presenting a collection of writing workshops, entitled Nudging the Imagination.[6][7] He also helps school classes write and perform plays.

In 2013 Krasner became Executive Director of Rhode Island Write on Sports (RIWoS), an affiliate of Write on Sports, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps at-risk inner-city middle-school students gain confidence and experience in writing, with sports as the content. He conducted his first RIWoS summer sports writing camp at the Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls, RI. His camp was featured in an article in the Providence Journal on July 16, 2014.[8]

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