Clayton Trutor

Clayton Trutor

Historian, Author, Freelance Writer

Author of Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta–and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports (University of Nebraska Press, 2022).

Editor, Down the Drive, SB Nation

Vermont State Chair, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)

Co-Editor, Overcoming Adversity: Baseball’s Tony Conigliaro Award (SABR, 2017)

Instructor, Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Boston College, PhD, History

University of Vermont, MA, History

University of Vermont, BA, History and Political Science

Recent Articles by Clayton Trutor:

“Review of Hitler’s American Gamble by Brendan Simms & Charlie Laderman,” American History (Autumn 2022)

Delaware’s Baseball Dream Team,” Delaware Today (June 2022)

“Whitey Ford: Baseball Legend,” Elks Magazine (June 2022)

Do Facsimile Autographs Have Value to Collectors? Bo (Jackson) Knows,” Sports Collectors Digest (May 2022)

The House that Frank Built,” Columbia Metropolitan Magazine (May 2022)

The Rhode Island Nine: Ocean State Baseball Greats,Rhode Island Monthly (April 2022)

Remembering the Montreal Expos,” Sports Collectors Digest (March 2022)

Delaware’s Dream Starting Five,” Delaware Today (March 2022)

Al McGuire’s Brookfield Life,” MKE Lifestyle (February 2022)

Days of Eagles and Giants: The NFL in Saranac Lake,” Adirondack Life (January/February 2022)

From the Desk of Clayton Trutor: The History Behind Atlanta’s World Series Victory,” University of Nebraska Press blog (November 2021)

Rockne and the Four Horsemen’s Last Ride,” Notre Dame Magazine (Autumn 2021)

“Legends and Legacies: The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum,” Mississippi Magazine-Field Guide (Fall 2021)

Seventy Years Ago, San Antonio’s Kyle Rote was the Top Pick in the NFL Draft,San Antonio Magazine (September 2021)

“Heroes and Saints: 10 Powerful Books about Sports and Catholicism,” America Magazine: The Jesuit Review (August 2021)

From Johnson C. Smith University to the Harlem Globetrotters, Twiggy Sanders was an ‘out-of-the-box sensation,’Mid Major Madness (July 2021)

50 Years Ago, the Baltimore Bullets Pulled Off One of the Greatest Upsets in NBA Playoff History,” Baltimore Magazine (July 2021)

Style and Substance: The Story of Memphis’ “Parisian Bob” Caruthers,” Memphis Flyer (July 2021)

Review of Bubble in the Sun: The Florida Boom of the 1920s and How It Brought on the Great Depression by Christopher Knowlton for HistoryNet (July 2021)

Review of Rock Me on the Water: 1974, the Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics by Ronald Brownstein for HistoryNet (July 2021)

Frank Lucchesi’s Tarrant County Life,” Southlake Style (July 2021)

“They Called Him Gypsy Boots,” Palm Springs Life (July 2021)

“Five NBA Stars that Hail from San Antonio,” San Antonio Magazine (June 2021)

“Columbia’s Starting Nine: A Quiet Hub of MLB Talent,” Columbia Metropolitan Magazine (May 2021)

“10 Books You Need to Read About Indiana Sports,” Indianapolis Monthly (April 2021)

“Evansville’s Starting Nine,” Evansville Living (March/April 2021)

“John Lindsay’s Lowcountry Life,” Local Life Magazine (April 2021)

“The Eastern Shore’s Starting Nine,” Chesapeake Bay Magazine (April 2021)

Review of Blake Bailey’s Philip Roth: The Biography for American History/History Net (March 2021)

“Ten Must-Read Minnesota Sports Books From the Past Decade,” Minnesota Monthly (December 2020)

“My On-Again, Off-Again Romance With Autograph Collecting,” Sports Collector Digest (December 2020)

“The Ten Best Books About Sports and Christianity of the Last Ten Years,” Christianity Today (December 2020)

Review of new edition of Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism in American Life for American History/HistoryNet (October 2020)

“The Rise and Fall of ‘Atlanta’s Ice Society’: Tom Cousins, Downtown Redevelopment, and Professional Hockey in 1970s Atlanta,” Atlanta Studies (December 2019)

Get in touch with clayton trutor

Recent Media Appearances and Reviews:

Loserville discussion,” Wrestling Talk Across the Country Podcast

Loserville & 90s Sitcom Castoff Discussion,” Kentucky Sports Guys, 99.1 FM The Hoss (Edmonton, Kentucky)

“Major League Atlanta,” Norwich University Online Residency Conference Address

Loserville Discussion,” St. Louis United FC Show, 590 AM The Fan (St. Louis)

Atlanta Sports Discussion,” Tom Barton Show, Sports Garten Network (Long Island, NY & syndicated)

On This Day: Pete Maravich Traded to Jazz,” Sports Illustrated, May 20, 2022

How Sports Remade Atlanta–and How Atlanta Remade Sports (Interview with Dr. Frank Guridy), Pandemic Baseball Book Club

Loserville/Falcons Discussion,” Football Odyssey with Aron Harris

Loserville Discussion,” The Bottom Line with Matthew Meyer, 98.1 FM WWLS The Sports Animal (Oklahoma City, OK)

American Cities Historian Clayton Trutor, author of Loserville,” Sports Jam with Doug Doyle, WBGO 88.3 FM Newark Public Radio (NJ)

A Dive Into Atlanta Sports,” Eagle Eye (BC Heights Podcast)

“Loserville,” The Bob Muscatell Show, WLIS 1420 AM (Middletown, CT)

Loserville Discussion with Clayton Trutor,” RP3 and Company, 103.7 FM The Game Lafayette (Lafayette, LA)

Loserville author Clayton Trutor,” The Bern with Mitch

Clayton Trutor Interview,” The Bill Shanks Show, 93.1 FM ESPN Middle Georgia (Macon, GA)

Zach Thomas Discussion,” Pod of Fame

Clayton Trutor, author of Loserville,” In This Corner with JD

Short Takes on Five Vermont Books,” Seven Days (Burlington, VT)

Loserville: How Sports Remade Atlanta And How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports With Author Clayton Trutor,” The Morning Show, WGTD 91.1 FM (Kenosha, WI)

Play Ball,” BC Bookmarks

11 New Baseball Books for Your 2022 Lineup,” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI)

Loserville Discussion,” Auburn Public Library (Auburn, GA)

Clayton Trutor and Shawn Parker,Liberty Bell Smack, WWDB 860 AM (Philadelphia, PA)

Clayton Trutor,” The Morning Drive, WVMT 620 AM (Burlington, VT)

Author Clayton Trutor,” Spaghetti Junction Boys Podcast

Loserville, Atlanta Discussion,” The Thom Abraham Show, ESPN 97.7 Tennessee Valley (Huntsville, AL)

Clayton Trutor, Loserville Interview,” Cail and Company, WKXL, NH Talk Radio (Concord, NH)

“Loserville Discussion,” The Rotary Club of Winder, GA

Loserville Interview–Clayton Trutor,” From the Rumble Seat Podcast (Georgia Tech, SB Nation)

Loserville,” The Paul Finebaum Show, SEC Network & ESPN Radio

Loserville by Clayton Trutor is the story of pro sports, politics, and business in Atlanta,” Dawg Sports Live (SB Nation)

Loserville,” Atlanta Prime Sports with Todd Corder

Loserville, Atlanta, and St. Louis,” High Noon with Nate Lucas KFNS 590 AM St. Louis The Fan & KWTO 93.3 Springfield, MO, Springfield’s Happy Hour

“Loserville,” Sports with Coleman with Jerry Coleman, 105.7 WJZ Baltimore

“Loserville,” The Sports Zoo with Dave Bierstein, KDUS Sports 1060 AM Phoenix

“Loserville,” The Randy Kennedy Show, Sports Talk 99.5 Mobile (AL)

Loserville,” Drive Time Sports, KOAL 107.3 FM Salt Lake City

Loserville Presentation,” SABR Iowa, SABR Day Presentations

How Atlanta Rewrote the Playbook for Recruiting Professional Sports Teams,” Morning on Maine Street, WDUN 550 AM North Georgia

Loserville,” The Scott Hamilton Show, ESPN Radio 98.9 FM Charleston (SC)

Loserville,” Upon Further Review with Derek Martin, KMA 960 AM Shenandoah (IA)

Loserville: Talking Atlanta, Milwaukee, and the Importance of Sports to a Community,” It’s All Thunder Podcast with Mitch “Thunder” Nelles, WOKY The Big Sports 920 AM Milwaukee

Loserville,” The WKNY AM Drive Sports Show, WKNY 1490 AM Kingston (NY)

Loserville on Rick’s Reading List,” The Rick Dayton Show, 100.1 KDKA FM Pittsburgh

Loserville,Titillating Sports with Rick Tittle, Sports Byline USA (Sirius XM 211)

How Did Atlanta Become a Sports Hub?In the Zone with Shot Dr. and Brandon Kravitz, WYGM 96.9 The Game Orlando

Loserville Discussion,” SABR Cincinnati

Page Turners,” Sports Business Journal

Interview: ‘Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta,'” SI.com

“Clayton Trutor Interview,” WCGL CBS 46 Atlanta, The Sunday Sports Show

Loserville Interview,” Fan Talk with Bobby Hartin, 98.9 FM Charleston, South Carolina WMTZ

Episode 159: Loserville (Interview w/ Clayton Trutor),” Archive Atlanta

Every Atlanta Sports Fan Should Read This Book, Loserville,” David Shiele, WBIR, YouTube

Loserville Interview,” Pirate Radio 92.7 FM Greenville (Clip Brock)

Loserville Discussion,” SABR Northwest Ohio Chapter

The Quaz Five with … Clayton Trutor,” The Yang Slinger (Jeff Pearlman’s Substack)

Talking Loserville, #GBBO, Wrestling, and Bob Saget,” The Kentucky Sports Guys

Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta—and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports (Starred Review: Recommended),” Publishers Weekly

Frank Lucchesi,” Topps 1988 Podcast

Loserville Author Clayton Trutor, Plus an Atlanta Braves Victory Lap!Running the Bases Podcast

Special Interview with BC Grad Clayton Trutor, Author of Loserville,Locked on Boston College Podcast

Clayton Trutor with Chris Goforth,” The Midday Show, 92.9 The Game WZGC Atlanta

Clayton Trutor Interview,” Packaged Tourist Show

“Loserville Discussion & New England SABR Chapter ‘Hot Seat’ Discussion,” SABR Boston Chapter

“Loserville & Baltimore Stadium History Discussion,” SABR Babe Ruth Chapter (Baltimore)

Pro Sports in Atlanta–It’s Complicated,” Good Seats Available Podcast

Loserville Review,” Jeff Sexton, Bookanon

Underdog Sports Movies, Bad News Bears, Hoosiers, Rocky III, & Loserville,” Big Screen Sports Movies Podcast

Lou Hudson,” Pod of Fame

Loserville/History of Atlanta Falcons Discussion,” Football History Dude Podcast

Talking Loserville, Braves, Falcons, and the Great British Bake Off,Kentucky Sports Guys (99.1 The Hoss, Edmonton, Kentucky)

Loserville Discussion with Fred Wallin,” Sports Overnight America (Sirius XM, 122)

Loserville Discussion,” Cats Talk Wednesday

Loserville Author Clayton Trutor,” ML Sports Podcast with Mike Lindsley

Loserville Presentation,” SABR Elysian Fields (North Jersey) Chapter Meeting

“Loserville/Atlanta Sports Discussion,” Kudzu Vine Podcast

Loserville,” Football is Family Podcast

SABR Houston “Loserville” Presentation

Loserville discussion with Rob Fontenot, Astros Baseball Podcast

SABR North Florida “Loserville” Presentation

Author Clayton Trutor,” Mark Heffernan Marked Men Podcast

Dale Murphy with Clayton Trutor,” Pod of Fame

Clayton Trutor, author of Loserville,” The Luke Winstel Show

“Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta–and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports,” The Falcoholic Podcast (SB Nation)

“Loserville Author Clayton Trutor,” Mattlanta 680 The Fan Atlanta

Clayton Trutor Interview,” Internet Baseball Writers Association of America Podcast

Analyzing Atlanta Sports with Loserville author Clayton Trutor,” Locked on MLB Podcast

SABR Nashville “Loserville” Presentation

SABR Philadelphia “Loserville” Presentation

“Loserville author Clayton Trutor,” Ringside Sports with a Punch Podcast

“Interview with Clayton Trutor,” American Sports History Podcast

“Baseball Writers Interview by Stacey Gotsulas,” The Baseball Writers IBWAA Podcast

Loserville author Clayton Trutor on Tom Glavine,” 1988 Topps Podcast

“Q&A with Loserville Author Clayton Trutor,” Stadium Journey

“Loserville Interview with Clayton Trutor,” Start Spreading the News

“From Peanuts to Crackerjacks: All Things Baseball 2021,” Vermont Edition, Vermont Public Radio

“Clayton Trutor, Author of Loserville, Discusses Georgia Tech and Georgia Football History,” History of College Football Podcast

Trutor’s Book Tells Story of Atlanta Sports,” Rutland Herald

“The Best Books About Football,” Football History Dude Podcast

Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta―and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports

In July 1975 the editors of the Atlanta Constitution ran a two-part series entitled “Loserville, U.S.A.” The provocatively titled series detailed the futility of Atlanta’s four professional sports teams in the decade following the 1966 arrival of its first two major league franchises, Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves and the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons. Two years later, the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association became the city’s third major professional sports franchise. In 1972 the National Hockey League granted the Flames expansion franchise to the city, making Atlanta the first southern city with teams in all four of the big leagues.

The excitement surrounding the arrival of four professional franchises in Atlanta in a six-year period soon gave way to widespread frustration and, eventually, widespread apathy toward its home teams. All four of Atlanta’s franchises struggled in the standings and struggled to draw fans to their games. Atlantans’ indifference to their new teams took place amid the social and political fracturing that had resulted from a new Black majority in Atlanta and the whites’ exodus to the outer suburbs, and sports could never quite bridge the divergence between the two.

Loserville examines the pursuit, arrival, and response to professional sports in Atlanta during its first decade as a major league city (1966–75). It scrutinizes the origins of what remains the primary model for acquiring professional sports franchises: offers of municipal financing for new stadiums. Other Sunbelt cities like San Diego, Phoenix, and Tampa that aspired to big league stature adopted Atlanta’s approach. Like the teams in Atlanta, the franchises in these cities have had mixed results—both in terms of on-field success and financial stability.

Advance praise for Clayton Trutor’s Loserville:

“Clayton Trutor vividly and expertly untangles the complex ball of issues that made Atlanta’s transformation into a ‘Major League’ sports town so unexpectedly (and maddeningly) difficult. A fascinating look at the way professional sports collided with politics, economics, and social upheaval in the 1960s and 1970s, Loserville also serves as a cautionary tale for any twenty-first-century city that’s hoping to land its own MLB, NFL, NBA, or NHL franchise. In other words, be careful what you wish for!”—Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s

“In Loserville Clayton Trutor uses painstaking research and impressive command of Atlanta’s political and racial history to depict the birth of a modern American sports town. Only this creation story comes with a surprising twist. Build it and they will come? Think again.”—John Eisenberg, author of The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire

“As a baseball historian and writer since 1969, and as a fan of the Braves since 1957, I loved every page of Loserville, a well-crafted and well-researched history of both Atlanta and its sports teams. I especially enjoyed reliving the roller-coaster ride the baseball team took from its arrival in 1966 through its dismal years as the Bad-News Braves, with attendance so poor that it took Ted Turner to keep the team in town—and eventually in national view via TBS and some shrewd acquisitions. I like the place and the book.”—Dan Schlossberg, author of When the Braves Ruled the Diamond: Fourteen Flags Over Atlanta


Loserville is a fascinating history of Atlanta’s emergence as the epicenter of Sunbelt sports. . . . In a revealing portrait of Atlanta and the ground-shifting changes in American sports, Trutor demonstrates how the age of franchise free agency collided with the political fracturing of a divided city. Anyone interested in the history of American sports, the South, or Atlanta should read this book.”—Johnny Smith, Julius C. “Bud” Shaw Professor of Sports History at Georgia Tech University. Author of The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That Changed College Basketball.
 

clayton trutor

Historian, Author, Freelance Writer

Author of forthcoming history of professional sports in Atlanta

Editor, Down the Drive, SB Nation

Vermont State Chair, Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)

Co-Editor, Overcoming Adversity: Baseball’s Tony Conigliaro Award (SABR, 2017)

Instructor, Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Boston College, PhD, History

University of Vermont, MA, History

University of Vermont, BA, History and Political Science

clayton trutor