Intellectual Heritage Program, Sports, Fiction, Book Review Essays, Philadelphia Inquirer
Richard Orodenker (M.A. Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, 1976) is the author of several books on the literature of American sports writing, as well as numerous short stories, essays, and reviews published from the 1970s (North American Review, The Boston Review, South Carolina Review and other journals) to the present (most recently in Aethlon, Work, and Crack the Spine). He was Professor of English and Humanities at Peirce College from 1976-1993. He worked as a professional freelance editor and antiquarian bookseller while serving as Adjunct Lecturer in English at Penn State Abington’s Continuing Education from 1992-2005 and returned to full-time teaching in 2006 as Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University.
The Phillies Reader (Temple University Press, 1996, rev. 2005)
The Writers’ Game: Baseball Writing in America (Twayne’s American Authors Series, 1996)
Twentieth Century American Sportswriters (1996 winner of The Sporting News/SABR Baseball Research Award)
Dictionary of Literary Biography 241: American Sportswriters and Writers on Sports. Farmington Hills: Gale Research, 2001
“The Art of the Story.” Revs. of Satin Palms by Elizabeth Inness-Brown; Bedlam by John Domini; In the Garden of the North American Martyrs by Tobias Wolf; and Dubious Persuasions by Jack Matthews. North American Review 267.2 (Jun. 1982): 58-61.
“Judge Bork and the Jewish Swing Rightward.” Jewish Exponent 11 Sept. 1987, 39, 43.
“How I Saved Jim Bunning’s Perfect Game.” Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Policy Perspectives 4.2 (Spring 1996): 345-352.
Co-Editor. Are Pennsylvania’s Students Receiving the Fundamentals of a College Education? The Core Curricula of Pennsylvania State System and State-Related Universities. Harrisburg and Philadelphia: The Commonwealth Foundation and Pennsylvania Association of Scholars, Sept. 1998.
“Peeler-to-Fehler-to-Schraf.” Rev. (in verse) of Waiting for Godot’s First Pitch: More Poems from Baseball by Tim Peeler; Dancing on the Basepaths: Baseball Poetry and Verse by Gene Fehler; and Cooperstown Verses: Poems About Each Hall of Famer by Mark W. Schraf. The South Carolina Review 34.2 (2002): 153-157.
“Radio Troubadour: Jean Shepherd’s Empire of the Air.” Rev. of Excelsior You Fathead!: The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd by Eugene D. Bergmann. The Weekly Standard 29 Aug. 2005: 39-40.