Bill Chastain

Bill Chastain - Ghostwriter

Atlanta, GA, USA

Seasoned ghostwriter with emphasis on biographies and memoirs.

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Overview

Under my byline, I have written non-fiction as well as fiction titles for a list of publishers that include St. Martin's Press, Lyons Press, and Triumph Books. I have worked as a staff writer for newspapers and I have written many freelance articles for magazines and websites. As a ghostwriter, I’ve written titles that include memoirs and autobiographies. In addition to having years of writing experience, I am a seasoned interviewer, which I believe is invaluable in drawing out the rich anecdotes that make up the fiber of any story.
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
History
Sports & outdoor recreation

Work experience

Writer/Reporter

MLB.com
May, 2005 – November, 2018 (over 13 years)

My duties included writing features, news, blogs, and game stories.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

White Fang and the Golden Bear: A Father and Son Journey on the Golf Course and Beyond

Bill Chastain, Joe Wessel

Augusta National is golf’s Holy Grail. Navigating the azaleas to play the exclusive course that hosts The Masters is a pipe dream for every golfer. Imagine being afforded the opportunity not only to play the course, but to be able to bring your father along for the ride. To complete the priceless fantasy, Jack Nicklaus—“The Golden Bear”—hosts the round. Through fate, coincidence and good fortu... read more

Augusta National is golf’s Holy Grail. Navigating the azaleas to play the exclusive course that hosts The Masters is a pipe dream for every golfer. Imagine being afforded the opportunity not only to play the course, but to be able to bring your father along for the ride. To complete the priceless fantasy, Jack Nicklaus—“The Golden Bear”—hosts the round. Through fate, coincidence and good fortu... read more

Try Not to Suck: The Exceptional, Extraordinary Baseball Life of Joe Maddon

Bill Chastain, Jesse Rogers, Ben Zobrist

With his irreverant personality, laid-back approach, and penchant for the unexpected, Joe Maddon is a singular presence among Major League Baseball managers. Whether he's bringing clowns and live bear cubs to spring training or leading the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series victory in 108 years, Maddon is always one to watch. In Try Not to Suck, ESPN's Jesse Rogers and MLB.com's Bill Cha... read more

With his irreverant personality, laid-back approach, and penchant for the unexpected, Joe Maddon is a singular presence among Major League Baseball managers. Whether he's bringing clowns and live bear cubs to spring training or leading the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series victory in 108 years, Maddon is always one to watch. In Try Not to Suck, ESPN's Jesse Rogers and MLB.com's Bill Cha... read more

Hack's 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season

Bill Chastain

Hack Wilson’s record 191 RBIs in 1930 may well stand the test of time, and so may the record of his hard-drinking lifestyle. In Hack’s 191, Bill Chastain recreates the most productive offensive season in baseball history while giving readers unique insight into the life of one of baseball’s most fascinating, enigmatic, and yet neglected characters.Drunk or sober, Wilson lived large in Prohibit... read more

Hack Wilson’s record 191 RBIs in 1930 may well stand the test of time, and so may the record of his hard-drinking lifestyle. In Hack’s 191, Bill Chastain recreates the most productive offensive season in baseball history while giving readers unique insight into the life of one of baseball’s most fascinating, enigmatic, and yet neglected characters.Drunk or sober, Wilson lived large in Prohibit... read more

Payne at Pinehurst: The Greatest U.S. Open Ever

Bill Chastain

"A fresh and concise look at Payne Stewart's victory at the 1999 U.S. Open."---Golf DigestIt has been called the greatest U.S. Open in the Open's over one hundred-year history.Veteran sports journalist, Bill Chastain, crafts the dramatic story of Payne Stewart's 1999 U.S. Open victory by combining extensive research with interviews of those who made it unique. Payne at Pinehurst shows how Stew... read more

"A fresh and concise look at Payne Stewart's victory at the 1999 U.S. Open."---Golf DigestIt has been called the greatest U.S. Open in the Open's over one hundred-year history.Veteran sports journalist, Bill Chastain, crafts the dramatic story of Payne Stewart's 1999 U.S. Open victory by combining extensive research with interviews of those who made it unique. Payne at Pinehurst shows how Stew... read more

Steel Dynasty

Bill Chastain

The Pittsburgh Steelers dominance of the NFL from 1975 through 1980 was one of the unparalleled dynasties in football history. Revisit the team that former Cleveland Browns head coach once call "…the best team ever." Veteran sports journalist Bill Chastain crafts the dramatic story of the Steelers dynast by combining extensive research and many interview with those who were a part of this amaz... read more

The Pittsburgh Steelers dominance of the NFL from 1975 through 1980 was one of the unparalleled dynasties in football history. Revisit the team that former Cleveland Browns head coach once call "…the best team ever." Veteran sports journalist Bill Chastain crafts the dramatic story of the Steelers dynast by combining extensive research and many interview with those who were a part of this amaz... read more

Peachtree Corvette Club

Bill Chastain

"Peachtree Corvette Club" rekindles memories from a “Pink Floyd” era of college when students huddled in cramped rooms to smoke joints, listen to music and take advantage of the relaxed attitude toward sex. The book is set in 1977 at Georgia Tech, the Atlanta engineering school with the high academic standards, and Truman Forbes serves as the book’s introspective, yet somewhat confused, protag... read more

"Peachtree Corvette Club" rekindles memories from a “Pink Floyd” era of college when students huddled in cramped rooms to smoke joints, listen to music and take advantage of the relaxed attitude toward sex. The book is set in 1977 at Georgia Tech, the Atlanta engineering school with the high academic standards, and Truman Forbes serves as the book’s introspective, yet somewhat confused, protag... read more

Jackrabbit: The Story of Clint Castleberry and the Improbable 1942 Georgia Tech Football Season

Bill Chastain

He ran like a crazed jackrabbit, according to one awe-struck sportswriter.Clint Castleberry was already an Atlanta-area football sensation when he arrived at Georgia Tech in 1942, and in one meteoric college season he became a national sports hero as well. He was the first college freshman ever to be voted All-American. At least one Heisman Trophy was all but certain. Though weighing just 155 ... read more

He ran like a crazed jackrabbit, according to one awe-struck sportswriter.Clint Castleberry was already an Atlanta-area football sensation when he arrived at Georgia Tech in 1942, and in one meteoric college season he became a national sports hero as well. He was the first college freshman ever to be voted All-American. At least one Heisman Trophy was all but certain. Though weighing just 155 ... read more

SEPTEMBER NIGHTS: Hunting the Beasts of the American League East

James Shields

"Everybody wrote us off at the start of the 2011 season. We have a new bullpen and different faces on the field, but we're still in the hunt heading into the final week of August. Though we're in third place, we're within striking distance of the Yankees and Red Sox. We're almost exactly where the Red Sox were a year ago, and once again the same three teams are duking it out for the division t... read more

"Everybody wrote us off at the start of the 2011 season. We have a new bullpen and different faces on the field, but we're still in the hunt heading into the final week of August. Though we're in third place, we're within striking distance of the Yankees and Red Sox. We're almost exactly where the Red Sox were a year ago, and once again the same three teams are duking it out for the division t... read more

The Streak: A Novel

Bill Chastain, Don Morris

When Dorsey McWhorter is just a boy, his father, Big Ed, pulls a disappearing act. Known for his many affairs, Ed leaves his wife and child alone to pick up the pieces. That’s when young Dorsey meets local handyman Walter Mobley, a veteran of the Negro leagues who instills in Dorsey a love for baseball and serves as his mentor.Dorsey becomes a rising star, but the pressures of the major league... read more

When Dorsey McWhorter is just a boy, his father, Big Ed, pulls a disappearing act. Known for his many affairs, Ed leaves his wife and child alone to pick up the pieces. That’s when young Dorsey meets local handyman Walter Mobley, a veteran of the Negro leagues who instills in Dorsey a love for baseball and serves as his mentor.Dorsey becomes a rising star, but the pressures of the major league... read more

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