- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 18, 2007

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Charles A. Einstein, a former San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle reporter who became a noted baseball historian and collaborated with Willie Mays on a pair of books, died March 7. He was 80.

Mr. Einstein’s death was confirmed Friday by the Carlisle Funeral Home.

Mr. Einstein worked with Mr. Mays on the books “Born to Play Ball” and “My Life In and Out of Baseball,” and also wrote a television documentary on Mr. Mays’ life. He wrote or edited more than 35 books, including four volumes of the “Fireside Book of Baseball.”

His 1979 book, “Willie’s Time: Baseball’s Golden Age,” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Born in Boston on Aug. 2, 1926, Mr. Einstein came from a show-business family. He was the son of comedian Harry Einstein, whose stage name was “Parkyakarkus,” a character that he portrayed on the air and in movies in the 1940s.

Harry Einstein died in 1958 when he slumped into Milton Berle’s lap after performing during a roast for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

Charles Einstein was a half-brother of actor and director Albert Brooks and comedian Bob Einstein, also known as Super Dave Osborne.

A graduate of the Horace Mann School in New York and the University of Chicago, Mr. Einstein worked for the Chicago bureau of International News Service between 1945 and 1953, becoming sports editor before he transferred to New York.

In San Francisco he wrote for the Examiner from 1958 to 1965, then worked for the Chronicle until 1970. Later in life, he was a contributor to the television series, “Lou Grant,” and wrote an Atlantic City entertainment column for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey.

He wrote the crime novel, “The Bloody Spur,” which was based on the crimes of William Heirens, the “Lipstick Killer,” who terrorized Chicago with a series of burglaries, the kidnapping of a child and two murders in the mid-1940s.

The book was made into the film, “While the City Sleeps,” by director Fritz Lang in 1956.

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