Arnold Hano, Author of a Bleachers’ View Baseball Classic, Dies at 99


“Off came the cap, and then Mays continued to spin around after the gigantic effort of returning the ball whence it came, and he went down flat on his belly, and out of sight. This was the throw of a giant, the throw of a howitzer made human, arriving at second base.”

The Giants gained the sport, 5-2, within the tenth on a three-run pinch-hit homer by the unheralded outfielder Dusty Rhodes. They went on to comb the favored Indians in 4 video games.

Writing in The New York Times Book Review in August 1955, the novelist and longtime baseball fan James T. Farrell advised how Mr. Hano, in his guide, offered “vignettes of other bleacher denizens and writes us a dramatic account of the game itself — and, although we know its outcome, our interest is held here as it might in a novel.”

And Roger Kahn, writer of one other baseball traditional, “The Boys of Summer” (1972), wrote in The Times in 1985, “Mr. Hano’s writing style was informed and unpretentious, and you could feel those splintery old Polo Grounds bleachers beneath you and smell the mustard on the hot dogs, which were usually served up cold.”

Mr. Hano went on to jot down greater than 20 books, together with biographies of Mays and different celebrated sports activities figures in addition to novels, and he contributed articles to main nationwide magazines, touching not solely on sports activities however conservation, racial points and the plight of migrant employees.

Arnold Philip Hano was born on March 2, 1922, in Manhattan. His father, Alfred, was a lawyer who labored as a salesman in the course of the Depression; his mom, Clara (Millhauser) Hano, was a homemaker.

Mr. Hano graduated from Long Island University in Queens in 1941 with a main in English and noticed fight within the Pacific with an Army artillery unit in World War II. He was managing editor of Bantam Books within the late Nineteen Forties, then editor in chief of the paperback line Lion Books earlier than turning to freelance writing full time.