Famed Baseball Writer Charles Einstein Dies at 80


Charles Einstein, a sportswriter and author who edited a prominent baseball anthology and chronicled the career of Willie Mays, died March 7 in Michigan City, Ind. He was 80.

He had two well-known half-brothers, as well: the comedian/actors Albert Brooks and “Super Dave” Osborne.

His death was announced by his son David.

Mr. Einstein edited the four volumes of ?The Fireside Book of Baseball,? which included game stories, profiles of leading figures and fictional writing on baseball.

His 1979 book, ?Willie?s Time: Baseball?s Golden Age,? telling of Mays?s career and the events in American society when he starred for the Giants, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Mr. Einstein also worked with Mays on the books ?Born to Play Ball? and ?My Life In and Out of Baseball,? and wrote a television documentary on Mays?s life.

A native of Boston, Mr. Einstein was a son of the comedian Harry Einstein, whose stage name was Parkyakarkus. He was a half-brother of Albert Brooks (born Albert Einstein) and Bob Einstein, known as Super Dave Osborne.

A graduate of the University of Chicago, Charles Einstein became sports editor of the Chicago bureau of International News Service, then transferred to New York.

He wrote for The San Francisco Examiner from 1958 to 1965, then worked for The San Francisco Chronicle until 1970. He later contributed to the television series ?Lou Grant? and wrote an Atlantic City entertainment column for The Star-Ledger in Newark.

Mr. Einstein is survived by his sons, David, Jeffrey and Michael; a daughter, Laurie Einstein; his half-brothers, Bob and Clifford Einstein and Albert Brooks; and three grandchildren. His wife, Corrine, died in 1989.

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