Jim Kaplan earned a B.A. in history from Yale and an M.A. in journalism from Northwestern before spending three years as a sportswriter and book reviewer for the Minneapolis Star. He was a Sports Illustrated baseball writer for 16 years and has written 14 books on the game. George Will called him the "poet laureate" of fielding. A contract adviser for the National Writers Union (United Auto Workers, Local 1981) and a bridge columnist for the Vineyard Gazette, Kaplan and his wife, poet and critic Brooks Robards, divide their time among Northampton and Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.