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Split Season

Keith Olbermann To Interview Jeff Katz

Keith Olbermann To Interview Jeff Katz


COOPERSTOWN – Mayor Jeff Katz will be interviewed on his new book, “Split Season:  1981 Fernandomania, The Bronx Zoo and The Strike That Saved Baseball,” on Keith Olbermann’s ESPN2 show at 5 p.m. Monday.

Katz, whose book was published Tuesday, May 19, will be in ESPN’s studios in New York at 2:45 p.m. for a pre-taping of the interview.

So far, the mayor said, the book, his second, has been very well received.  The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel included it in its “100 Books To Read This Summer,” leading the five-book baseball category.

He is also due to appear June 6-7 in Chicago at the 31st annual Printer’s Row Lit Festival, the Midwest’s largest book fair.

NY Times Reviews ‘Split Season,’ Mayor Katz’ New Book, Out Today

NY Times Reviews ‘Split Season,’

Mayor Katz’ New Book, Out Today

Mayor Katz' "Split Season" was published today.
Mayor Katz’ “Split Season” was published today.

Editor’s Note:  Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz’s second book, “Split Season,” officially released today, was written up on page 2 of the Sunday New York Times’ sports section.  Here is what The Times had to say.

Jeff Katz was walking down Main Street in Cooperstown, N.Y., last summer when a familiar face said hello.

“How’s it going, Mr. Mayor?” Pete Rose asked, and Katz found him charming.

“It’s a superficial analysis, a five-second interaction,” Katz said. “But hey, it’s Pete Rose. That’s so cool.”

Katz, who is indeed the mayor of Cooperstown, the home of the Hall of Fame, immersed himself for years in the 1981 baseball season, when Rose was still a superstar and beloved ambassador. Katz’s new book, “Split Season,” published by St. Martin’s Press and released on Tuesday, revisits an era that will seem alien to modern readers.

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