About the Authors
Tom Zappala is a businessman in the Greater Boston area who is passionate about maintaining the traditions and historical significance of our National Pastime. He is co-author of the award-winning book The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, and the latest book in the series, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. He co-hosts a popular talk radio show broadcast in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. As co-owner
of ATS Communications, a multimedia and consulting company, he handles publicity and personal appearances for several authors and a variety of artists in the entertainment field. He also enjoys collecting vintage baseball and boxing memorabilia, using the simple philosophy of collecting for the love of the sport. He loves spending time with his children and grandchildren, and enjoys a Grey Goose martini with two baseball-sized olives.
Ellen Zappala is president of ATS Communications, a multimedia marketing and consulting company. Co-author of the award-winning book The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players, and Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion; Zappala was publisher of a group of six newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for many years and served as president of the New England Press Association. She works closely with various publishing companies on behalf of other authors and handles publicity in both print and electronic media. She especially enjoys bringing the stories of the Deadball Era players to life
Joe Orlando is president of Professional Sports Authenticator and PSA/DNA, the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication service in the hobby. Editor of the nationally-distributed Sports Market Report (SMR), a Juris Doctor, and an advanced collector of sportscards and memorabilia, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. He is the author of The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby and Collecting Sports Legends, and contributed the foreword and last chapter to the award-winning The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories as well as The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. As a hobby expert, Orlando has appeared as featured guest on numerous radio and television programs including ESPN’s Outside the Lines and HBO’s Real Sports.
Lou Blasi has been a talk radio host in the Greater Boston area for the last 12 years, and is the senior analyst for Insiderbaseball.com with credits on MLB.com, ESPN Radio and the Chicago Sports Review. Blasi was program director for an all sports radio station in southern Florida broadcasting the Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins, and Orlando Magic. He is also a minor league talent evaluator.