Official Scoring in Baseball; SABR
May 22, 2018
Stew Thornley
Official Scoring in Baseball; SABR

Stew Thornley is the author of more than 40 books for adults and young readers on sports history and other topics. He recently edited Minnesotans in Baseball, a collection of biographies of Minnesota natives written by members of the Halsey Hall Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research. In 2006, his book, Baseball in Minnesota: The Definitive History was published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Stew's first book, On to Nicollet: The Glory and Fame of the Minneapolis Millers, received a national baseball research award, sponsored by Macmillan Publishing Company and the Society for American Baseball Research, in 1988. Holy Cow! The Life and Times of Halsey Hall, was named the Best Regional Book of 1991 at the Midwest Book Achievement Awards. Both of these books were finalists for Minnesota Book Awards as was a book he co-authored with his now-wife, Brenda Himrich, Electrifying Medicine: How Electricity Sparked a Medical Revolution.

A former batboy for the Minnesota Gophers baseball team, Stew attended broadcasting at Brown Institute following high school and worked as a sportscaster for radio stations in DeSoto, Missouri and Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

Since 1993, he has worked in communications for the Minnesota Department of Health's drinking-water program. He does the public- address announcing for the St. Louis Park men's basketball team. He also covers Minnesota Twins games for and is one of the official scorers for Major League Baseball for Twins home games.