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About Tom Boswell


By Daniel Kerry and Matt Present

Thomas M. Boswell was born on October 11, 1947 in Washington, D.C. He attended St. Stephens School in Alexandria, Virginia and graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1969.

He began working at The Washington Post that same year. Boswell started off as a copy aide before becoming a general assignment reporter. He covered sports such as baseball, golf, tennis, boxing and local high school sports.

Though he is extremely versatile, Boswell is best known for his baseball writing. He is credited with inventing the total average statistic, which is designed to measure a hitter’s overall offensive contributions.

He was a national baseball writer at The Post and also covered the Baltimore Orioles. He because a full-time columnist in 1984.

In 1994, he appeared in the Ken Burns series “Baseball,” providing commentary on the history of America’s pastime. He also appeared in “The Tenth Inning,” Burns’ 2010 extension of the series.

In addition to the Post, Boswell’s work has also appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, and Inside Sports. He also makes frequent television appearances.

Boswell has written seven books about baseball and golf - compilations of his greatest work as a sportswriter.