lritter.jpgLawrence Stanley Ritter, the author of the classic baseball book “The Glory of Their Times,” died on Feb. 15. Cause of death was not released. He was 81.
Ritter graduated from Indiana University and received a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. He taught at Yale University and Michigan State University, worked as an economist and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and edited the Journal of Finance. From 1960 to 1991, he taught at New York University, serving as the chairman of the business school’s finance department. A research room and an endowed chair have been named in his honor.
Other than finance, Ritter had a passion for baseball and writing. In 1966, he received a $3,000 advance to write the book, “The Glory of Their Times.” For the next four years, he and his son traveled around the country, taping interviews with baseball players from the early part of the 20th century. The book sold more than 400,000 copies and was adapted into a documentary piece broadcast on PBS.
Ritter also wrote or co-wrote seven other baseball books, including “The Babe: A Life in Pictures,” “The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time” and “Leagues Apart: The Men and Times of the Negro Baseball Leagues.”