Biography

Leigh Montville

Leigh Montville (born July 20, 1943 in New Haven, Connecticut) is a newspaper columnist who currently writes a weekly column for The Boston Globe, a sports reporter and author. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Montville was a longtime print journalist as a columnist for The Boston Globe and then as a senior writer with Sports Illustrated. He spent 21 years at the Globe, many of them with other legendary Globe sports writers Peter Gammons, Bob Ryan, and Will McDonough. On Nov. 11, 2013, he rejoined The Globe as a part-time columnist.

He has authored many books, including best-sellers such as THE BIG BAM, a biography of New York Yankees baseball legend Babe Ruth, and TED WILLIAMS: The Biography of an American Hero, about the Hall of Fame left fielder for the Red Sox, which won the 2004 CASEY Award for best baseball book of the year. He also wrote AT THE ALTAR OF SPEED: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt, and MANUTE: The Center of Two Worlds, about former 7'7" NBA center Manute Bol.

He wrote the book WHY NOT US? following the 2004 World Series won by the Red Sox after 86 years of fan suffering. Montville recounts the stories of long-suffering fans, including himself, and includes a large section from the Red Sox web site Sons of Sam Horn where fans posted their own stories.

Montville co-authored the book DARE TO DREAM: Connecticut Basketball's Remarkable March to the National Championship with UConn head coach Jim Calhoun. Calhoun, along with Montville, a UConn graduate, recounts his humble beginnings at Northeastern University through his move to the University of Connecticut and finally the men's program's first title in 1999.

In the 1990s, Montville provided commentary for the short-lived cable network "CNN-Sports Illustrated."

His 2008 book THE MYSTERIOUS MONTAGUE: A True Tale of Hollywood, Golf and Armed Robbery told the true story of John Montague, a 1930s California-based amateur called "the greatest golfer in the world" by sportswriting legend Grantland Rice, who later turned out to be a fugitive wanted for armed robbery in New York State.

Montville is married to Diane Foster and has a grown son and daughter and two very active little grandsons. He lives in Massachusetts and is an ardent supporter of the Boston Red Sox.

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Books by Leigh Montville

by Leigh Montville - American, Baseball, History, Nonfiction, Sports

WHY NOT US? is about what the Red Sox's amazing victory in the 2004 World Series meant to the fans. It's about how it felt to be a Red Sox fan --- not only at 20 minutes to midnight on October 27, 2004, but decades before. Leigh Montville, best-selling author of TED WILLIAMS and AT THE ALTAR OF SPEED, has interviewed dozens of fans: friends, friends of friends, old sportswriters, ball-players, public figures, and plain folk. Here are their bittersweet stories of passion and pain, eternal hope and crushing despair, the seemingly endless agony and the strange ecstasy of being a Red Sox fan.