MARK NEWMAN is a recipient of the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence and has been a baseball writer since 1990, including nearly the last two decades with Major League Baseball Advanced Media / MLB.com.
YANKEE LEGENDS is his follow-up book, available on November 1, 2018. It is a unique Hall-centric dive into the history of the world’s most successful sports franchise, focusing on pivotal moments and pegged to upcoming back-to-back inductions extraordinaire for Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter.
Newman was an award-winning pro sports beat writer for The Miami Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and San Jose Mercury News. He then spent most of the 1990s with The Sporting News in St. Louis, putting the old “Bible of Baseball” online and building the operation that garnered the Ellie Award for best use of the Internet by any magazine in the U.S.
At MLB.com, Newman was a familiar byline to millions of baseball fans from 2002-18, a lead national writer and enterprise editor who was a key player in MLBAM’s historic rise as a tech leader that paved the way for a $1 billion Disney acquisition. Newman started and oversaw MLB’s longtime blogging community (MLBlogs) and put MLB on Twitter by posting the first 26,000 tweets and growing the first 1.2 million followers @MLB.
Technically, Newman’s first book came after the Red Sox long-awaited title in 2004. He wrote MLB’s first-ever ebook, HARD TO BELIEVE: A YEAR INSIDE RED SOX NATION. It was before e-readers such as Kindles were around, and it was offered for $4.99 as a PDF (filled with then-vanguard links to videos and stories) that was promoted on the redsox.com homepage. The book focused on a single Red Sox message board thread (“Ladies, in Honor of the Toronto Blue Jays Waitress”) on redsox.com, where Curt Schilling posted his plans on Thanksgiving 2003 — exploring all the real-world people there and their angst and nirvana.
Newman and his wife Lisa live in St. Petersburg, Florida, combining for four children (Matt, Ben, Josh, and Rachel) and an English Bulldog named Bingley. Here’s how to interact with Mark on social media: