COLUMBIA SC (AP) In one of the best-selling books in baseball history, the New York Times is now publishing a biography of two Hall of Famers.
The book will be titled The Players: Baseball’s Greatest Players, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward.
The author of “The Game: How Baseball Got the World’s Greatest,” Woodward has a wealth of information that includes a fascinating portrait of Joe DiMaggio.
But the book will also delve into a wide array of players whose careers were shaped by their experiences in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Here are 10 players whose stock soared after the war and whose names will be forever attached to their teams.
*The Big Lebowski: In his late 40s, actor John Lebowitz was part of a small, amateur baseball team in Pittsburgh that included Babe Ruth, Joe DiBenedetto, Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks and Charlie Parker.
In 1943, Lebowsky signed with the Cincinnati Reds.
But after the War, he went to New York to become a minor league player and was a part of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
By 1945, he was an All-Star for the Pittsburgh Blue Jays.
*Hockey: The Chicago Blackhawks had a great hockey team in the 1950s, but the team had no stars.
They were led by a star player, Joe Louis.
The team played its first game in 1953, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but then the team was sold.
*Tiger Woods: The late Tiger Woods played in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings from 1958-60.
He was an excellent golfer.
He also played baseball.
*Walt Whitman: A young lawyer in New York City, Whitman had a dream of becoming an American president.
He went to the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1962.
He later served in the Air Force and in the U.S. Navy.
*Jackie Robinson: The most famous African American player in baseball, Robinson was a standout athlete at the University at Buffalo.
He won the Heisman Trophy and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.
Robinson was born on June 4, 1899, in Chicago and went on to play professionally in the majors and at the collegiate level.
*Joe DiBensio: The New York Yankees, led by DiBensenio, had a solid history of winning pennants.
But they never reached the World Series.
DiBensonio played for the Yankees from 1960-67 and was named to the All-America team in 1970.
He is now a professor at St. Francis College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
*Ernie Banks: In 1947, Banks was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and was an outfielder for four seasons before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Banks played for St. Pete, St. Lucie and Cincinnati before joining the Yankees in 1961.
He retired as a Yankee in 1974.
*Charlie Parker: The baseball great played for five teams from 1955-63, including the Chicago Cubs.
He played at the high school level, but also at the college level and in professional baseball.
He had two minor league seasons in Pittsburgh in 1964.
He has been a baseball writer since the mid-1970s.
*Jimmie Foxx: The famous Texas Rangers star was drafted in the fourth round by the St Louis Cardinals in 1959 and played his first two seasons for the Cardinals.
But he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1966 and retired in 1978.
*Bobby Thomson: The Hall of Famer was the first player drafted by Washington in 1953 and spent his first four seasons in the major leagues.
He led the Washington Senators to the 1957 World Series title.
But his time in Washington was cut short when he signed with Oakland in 1963.
He joined the Stash of the American League in 1969 and retired after the 1974 season.
*Fred McGriff: The Yankees won five World Series titles between 1968 and 1973 and are currently the only team to have won more than 100 games in a season.
McGriff played in seven All-Stars in that span.
He became a broadcaster in the 1980s.
He died in 1995 at age 92.
*Randy Johnson: The Atlanta Braves’ Hall of fame pitcher has been the greatest in baseball since he retired after his last season in 1998.
He pitched for the Braves for 23 seasons and won four World Series championships.
Johnson is now the chairman of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
He worked in the broadcasting business for 25 years.
*Ed Sullivan: The writer of the New Yorker and Rolling Stone, Sullivan wrote two books on baseball: “The Story of the Braves” in 1994 and “The New York Sports Biography” in 2004.
He and his wife, writer Julie Sullivan, have a son, Jack.
*Mike Piazza: The longtime Yankees center fielder was drafted first overall in the 1956 draft by the Philadelphia Athletics.
He spent five seasons in New Jersey before joining Atlanta in 1963 and was