Doris Kearns Goodwin was born on January 4, 1943, in Brooklyn, New York, when 'Dem Bums were still thrilling their fans at old Ebbets Field in Flatbush.
I first saw Doris Kearns Goodwin in the 1994 Ken Burns PBS special Baseball.
Baseball on PBS is one of my favorite things of, well, ever,and should be a must watch for all baseball fans.
Doris was terrific recalling growing up a Brooklyn Dodgers fan right along the same time Jackie Robinson was getting to the big leagues, listening to the Dodgers on the radio with Red Barber, and learning baseball from her Dad.
In 1957, Doris, along with every other Dodgers fan, was crushed with the teams move to Los Angeles, and it would take years for her to welcome baseball back in her life, becoming a Red Sox fan after attending a game Fenway Park.
Doris wrote about her love of baseball in her book, Wait till Next Year.
Doris is a Pulitzer Prize winning author who has written many books on Presidential history, including Team of Rivals, which was turned into the Academy Award winning movie Lincoln.
I've had a huge crush on Doris Kearns Goodwin since I first saw her on the PBS special, and found out that she loves American History and the history of our U.S. Presidents...to meet her one day would be absolutely extraordinary...a Home Run!
Happy Baseball Birthday! Doris Kearns Goodwin... Play Ball!