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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Arthur Charles Voellinger  

Pen Name: Art Voellinger

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1941 in Belleville, Illinois.

-- Art Voellinger on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Art Voellinger was born in Belleville and resides there today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Voellinger is a retired journalist after nearly sixty years of experience as a sportswriter, editor, and columnist. He graduated from St. Joseph's College (Ind.) in 1963 en route to a 32-year career as a high school English teacher-coach. After two years at Whitefish Bay (Wis.) Dominican, he taught at O'Fallon (Il.) from 1965-69 and returned there in 1976 for 26 more years before retiring in 2002. In addition, he was a sport writer, starting in 1957 with the ''Belleville News-Democrat''. From 1972-76, he was an associated editor for the St. Louis based ''The Sporting News''. From 1973-2005 he served as a sports copy editor for the ''St. Louis Post-Dispatch''. He also wrote columns for the ''Post-Dispatch/Suburban Journals'' from 1975 until retiring in 2011. Voellinger has published two sports fiction books, ''One Home Run'' in 2011 and ''Double Play'' in 2013.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

One Home Run
ISBN: 1462010660

iUniverse Publishing. 2011

Injuries prematurely ended Charlie Becker's big league dreams, but in his new job as a scout for the Cleveland Indians, he looks for the proverbial diamonds in the rough-amateur ballplayers with the talent and the determination to play major league baseball. When he hears about Randy Wilson, a centerfielder described as "another Mickey Mantle", he makes the trek to tiny St. John's College to see him play. Wilson, a junior at St. John's, displays both power and speed during the game against rival Valparaiso College, and he caps off his impressive performance by slugging a massive 400-foot home run. Becker realizes he might have a future star on his hands, and he offers Wilson a summer job and a spot on a men's team located in southern Illinois. Wilson jumps at the opportunity to hone his athletic skills and experience life outside of Crown Point, Indiana. He hops in his 1949 Ford and heads down Route 66 toward an uncertain future in Ashville, Illinois. From colorful teammates to prison-yard baseball to the Georgia Ann Championship, it would be a summer he would never forget.

Double Play
ISBN: 149170084X

iUniverse. 2013

Frank Slade could consider himself successful. At age thirty-seven, he is married to his high school sweetheart, the father of three children, and a dutiful employee at the Stag Brewery in his hometown of Ashville, Illinois. He served his country with honor in World War II. Even so, he does not feel satisfied. Success has failed to fill the emptiness within him. In high school, he was a baseball star known as one of the best players ever in Ashville. He carries that label into adulthood through the 1958 season of amateur baseball as the leader of the Ashville Champs. However, no matter how many home runs he hits, it isn't enough his baseball dreams are bigger than the small-town team can fulfill. Plagued by never having the opportunity to play professional baseball, he wonders what elements of his game prevented him from being signed. Now, only time will tell how his baseball journey will end.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Schedule permitting, Voellinger is willing to speak to any group.