Chadwin, Dean 1966(?)–

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CHADWIN, Dean 1966(?)–

PERSONAL: Born c. 1966; son of Mark (an educator) and Adrienne (a real estate agent) Chadwin; married Alleen Marie Barber (an editor), May 10, 2003. Education: Yale University, graduated; University of Southern California, M.A.; University of Virginia, J.D.

ADDRESSES: Home—46 Kensington Oval, New Rochelle, NY 10805. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Verso, 180 Varick St., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10014-4606.

CAREER: Freelance sports writer.

WRITINGS:

Taking the Ice: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Polestar Press (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 1994, published as Rocking the Pond: The First Season of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 1994.

Wahine Ball: The Story of Hawaii's Most Beloved Team, Mutual Publishing, 1997.

Those Damn Yankees: The Secret History of America's Greatest Sports Franchise, Verso (New York, NY), 1999.

Also contributor to periodicals, including LA Weekly, Village Voice, and Honolulu Weekly.

SIDELIGHTS: Dean Chadwin has written books focusing on professional sports franchises. His first book, Taking the Ice: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, was published in 1994 and focuses on the beginning success of the National Hockey League (NHL) expansion team by delving into the team's strategy and individual performances. Writing in the Canadian Book Review, Lisa Arsenault called the effort an "interesting and informative book for hockey aficionados" and noted that the author has a "nice writing style."

After publishing the story of the University of Hawaii's short-lived women's volleyball team in Wahine Ball: The Story of Hawaii's Most Beloved Team, Chadwin turned his focus to a long-established sports dynasty with Those Damn Yankees: The Secret History of America's Greatest Sports Franchise. In this book, Chadwin explores how the modern-day Yankees have built a perennial winner by outbidding other franchises for the best talent in the league, and also comments on the state of modern professional baseball. A Publishers Weekly contributor called the book "an engaging analysis of baseball's problems." Jim G. Burns, writing in the Library Journal, felt that while Chadwin criticizes the Yankees and its management too much, the book includes "cogent discussions of racism in baseball and the devolution of major league franchises into haves and have-nots." In his assessment for the New York Times Book Review, Allen St. John wrote, "His contention that the health of the game is threatened by the revenue gap between large-market teams and small-market teams is right on target, but his point is muddied by his anti-Yankee animus." St. John concluded that the book is "curiously refreshing."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Canadian Book Review, 1994, Ian A. Andrews, review of Rocking the Pond: The First Season of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, p. 138; 1994, Lisa Arsenault, review of Taking the Ice: The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, p. 539.

Library Journal, June 1, 1999, Jim G. Burns, review of Those Damn Yankees: The Secret History of America's Greatest Sports Franchise, p. 124.

New York Times Book Review, June 20, 1999, Allen St. John, review of Those Damn Yankees, p. 9.

Publishers Weekly, May 3, 1999, review of Those Damn Yankees, p. 63.

ONLINE

BrothersJudd.com, http://www.brothersjudd.com/ (May 10, 2001), review of Those Damn Yankees.

Onion A.V. Club, http://www.theonionavclub.com/ (January 31, 2005), review of Those Damn Yankees.