Matthew Callan grew up in a place with lots of cops and now lives in Queens. He’s written quite a lot about the New York Mets at Amazin Avenue. He used to write a lot around the interwebs on a number of subjects for places like The AV Club, The Awl, Baseball Prospectus, and Vice, among others. (A litany of his writing can be found here. ) Writing for the web seems to be in the past for him, though, because writing requires a lot of time and time can be a jerk about doling itself out. Dem’s the breaks, as his grandmother used to say.
Behold, the past! He once penned snotty commentaries for NPR and wrote a lot of stuff for the sadly defunct Freezerbox.com and saw some of that stuff shortlisted for the 2003 edition of the Best American Nonrequired Reading. He also wrote a sports blog for MSN and was a contributing writer for the New York Press and you can’t find any of this in the internet anymore for many dumb reasons so you’ll just have to take his word for it. Oh, and he contributed to Excelsior You Fathead, a biography of radio humorist Jean Shepherd. So there’s that. He also had a podcast called Replacement Players in which he forced special guests to rewatch and discuss old sporting events.
He wrote a novel called Hang a Crooked Number, which is about spies and baseball and many other things and is available in ebook form sort-of direct from him here. Once upon a time, he received an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College and had stories here and there, as was the custom at the time. Along the way, he was a bridesmaid in fiction contests for Nimrod International Literary Journal, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Bomb Magazine.
As for future endeavors, one day he’ll die but then again so will you. Makes ya think, don’t it?