Red Smith described Tommy Holmes as "the best baseball writer of his time, possibly of all time." As evidenced in his bright and sprightly writing style, Holmes' personality was sensitive but unassuming, honest yet unpretentious, witty and intelligent.
A thorough student of the game, Holmes covered the Brooklyn Dodgers for the Brooklyn Eagle and for the New York Herald-Tribune from 1924 until the club's move to Los Angeles. He was an acutely perceptive and observant writer who employed a direct and simple style.
Holmes, a splendid historian, authored a pair of books on the Dodgers as well as Baseball's Best with Tom Meany.