Joe Reichler was a long-time fact-ferreting and trade-sniffing AP baseball writer and historian. He authored over a dozen books, including The History Of Baseball: Its Great Players, Teams And Managers, The Great All-Time Baseball Record Book, Baseball's Great Moments, and the Ronald Encyclopedia of Baseball.
Reichler, a knowledgeable and opinionated baseball fan with a vast background in the game, was the confidant of countless players, managers, coaches, and officials. He left his job as the number one baseball writer in the country to become the Public Relations Director for Baseball Commissioner William Eckert from 1966-69. He later was a special assistant to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and was the Vice President and General Manager of Baseball's Film Division.