Fantasy Expert: The High-Stress, Hair-Pulling Arizona Challenge’s founder, Ron Shandler, has written a new book, Fantasy Expert.  It is part memoir, part madcap history, focusing on the writers and analysts who helped build the fantasy baseball industry. It is available now from all major booksellers. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 19. Copyright © 2024. Reproduced by permission of Triumph Books, Chicago, IL


First Pitch Arizona offered fantasy leaguers what I liked to describe as “50 percent information, 50 percent theater.” But after its first five years, it was apparent that one thing was missing. I took care of that oversight in 2000. 

What fun is fantasy baseball if not for the drafting experience? It was time to add a live fantasy draft for attendees. But a November...


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