MASC/MASS 2017: Speakers - Steve Buckley

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Steve Buckley has been a sportswriter for more than 35 years, and has been a columnist with the Boston Herald since 1995. Prior to joining the Herald, he was a columnist for the National Sports Daily, and covered baseball for the Hartford Courant, Tacoma News-Tribune and Portland Press Herald.

His last book, “Wicked Good Year,” (HarperCollins, 2009), tells the back stories of the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics all vying for championships between October 2007 and June 2008. He has covered every major Boston sporting event over the past 20 years, including the Patriots’ five Super Bowl championships, the Red Sox’ three World Series championship victories, the Celtics’ run to the NBA championship in the spring of 2008 and the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup title.

Buckley is also a founder of the Oldtime Baseball Game, an annual charity event at St. Peter’s field in Cambridge featuring local players who don throwback uniforms representing virtually every era in baseball history, from the minor leagues to the Negro Leagues. Since its inception in 1994, the game has raised more than $800,000 for local charities. He also sits on the board of directors of the Sports Museum of New England.

For more than 25 years he has written an annual Memorial Day column in which he chooses a monument or “hero square” in the Boston area and researches the life of the fallen solider for whom it is named. He took his 1991 feature on the late Cpl. Albert S. Teevan and later wrote, produced and directed the documentary “Of Monuments and Men: An American Story of World War II,” which aired on New England Cable News.

He is also gay. Now that isn’t unusual in itself, except that his coming-out column that appeared in the Herald on January 6, 2011 stamped him as one of the country’s first openly-gay big-city sports columnists.

Buckley is a 1978 graduate of the University of Massachusetts. He lives in Somerville, Mass.

Steve Buckley will be a featured guest speaker at the luncheon on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the 2017 MASC/MASS Joint Conference - Sign Up Today!