The youngest of two boys born to Clara (née Millhauser) and Alfred Barnard Hano, Arnold Hano spent his pre-school years in northern Manhattan's Washington Heights, in close proximity to both the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium. A Yankee fan at 4, Hano responded to New York's 1926 World Series loss by switching his allegiance from the Yankees to the Giants,[a] where it has remained ever since. That same year, his family moved from Manhattan to the Bronx, where it would remain for more than a decade, precisely the period which, by Hano's own reckoning, comprised his formative years.
By age three, Hano had learned to read under the tutelage of his six-and-a-half-year-old brother, Alfred, Jr. By the time he was eight, Hano was writing news stories for his brother's mimeographed weekly, The Montgomery Avenue News, albeit stories paraphrased from published newspaper articles. Before long, he grew tired of recycling other people's ideas. Once again, his brother encouraged him:
So I invented a cop who would always fall to his knees when he shot the bad guy and I called it Sitting Bull. It was my first pun. [...] I did about six or seven of these episodic things. I was eight years old, writing the equivalent of a novel for a street newspaper that we sold for a nickel a copy, door-to-door.
The brothers' journalistic venture soon ran its course, and the writing muse receded, for the time being. Hano attended DeWitt Clinton High School, graduating in 1937, and started that fall at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus. However, his initial plan to pursue a career in medicine soon fell by the wayside.
One day I wandered into the newspaper office, and they were laughing. I didn’t know you were allowed to have fun. They were enjoying themselves, so I changed from a science major to an English journalism major in my sophomore year. I became the sports editor of the college weekly in my junior year, and senior year I was editor-in-chief with another guy.
For a budding sportswriter, the timing proved particularly fortuitous when LIU's basketball team won the recently established National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in two of those three years.
Long before that transpired, however, Hano knew one thing for certain. "I didn’t know how or what – would it be a newspaper, or freelance, or a novelist, but I knew I’d write." Hano went on to earn his Bachelors degree, graduating cum laude in 1941.
That summer, Hano was employed as a copy boy by the New York Daily News. Once his sports background was established, Hano's duties were expanded accordingly. Accompanying the News photographer to sporting events, he was now tasked with providing captions for those shots he brought back to the office, thus affording the nineteen-year-old undreamt of opportunities to chronicle baseball history. As Hano put it, almost 70 years later:
Interrupted in these endeavors by the United States' entry into World War II, Hano followed his brother into the armed forces in 1942 (Alfred, to the Air Force; Arnold, the Army), eventually serving in an artillery battalion of the Seventh Infantry Division, participating in the Aleutian Islands Campaign and later landing in the first wave on Kwajalein Atoll. Shortly after that battle, informed that his brother was missing in action on a mission over Germany, Hano successfully applied to be commissioned as an infantry officer at Fort Benning, thus allowing him to be deployed to the European Theater, where he hoped to find his brother. However, before this plan could be realized, the war ended and Alfred's remains were recovered.
After his discharge, Hano returned to New York and a career in book publishing, first as managing editor with Bantam (1947–49), then as editor-in-chief with Lion Books (1949–54). In the latter capacity, Hano served as editor for, among others, novelists C.M. Kornbluth, David Goodis, David Karp and Jim Thompson. Thompson, in particular, would benefit from Hano's input and support, which sparked an unprecedented period of productivity.
It was during this period, specifically August 1951, that Hano debuted as an author with the baseball-themed young adult novel, The Big Out, described by New York Times' reviewer Ralph Adams Brown as "one of the most thrilling sports novels this reviewer has ever read."
But it was 1954 that proved to be the turning point for Hano; he left Lion Books, determined to sink or swim on the strength of his writing. What gave rise to this sudden resolve was an across-the-board ten per cent pay cut imposed by Martin Goodman. But by far the most important event that year – or at least the most pertinent to Hano's emergence as a writer – was Game 1 of the 1954 World Series, Hano's handwritten record of which would form the basis for his breakthrough book, A Day in the Bleachers, published the following year. Notwithstanding poor marketing and disappointing sales, the book was embraced almost without exception by critics  and has since come to be regarded as a classic of sports literature, with new editions published in 1982, 2004, and again in 2006. Moreover, the book's signature passage, its description of Willie Mays' most famous play, has been, and continues to be, frequently cited, quoted, or reprinted in full.
In 2012, Hano became the 12th recipient of Baseball Reliquary's annual Hilda Award, established in 2001 "to recognize distinguished service to the game by a fan."
On July 19, 2015, The Huffington Post announced the upcoming release of Hano! A Century in the Bleachers (circa fall 2015 with a November 2015 DVD release), a documentary examination of Arnold Hano's life and work, produced and directed by Jon Leonoudakis. Among its interviewees are Hano and fellow sportswriters Ron Rapoport, Ray Robinson, John Schulian, Al Silverman and George Vecsey, plus artist Mark Ulriksen, and former Major League stars (and subjects of multiple Hano magazine articles) Orlando Cepeda and Felipe Alou.
Hano has two children (Stephen A. and Susan C. Hano) by his first marriage. Hano and his current wife, the former Bonnie Abraham, have been married since June 30, 1951; they have a daughter, Laurel. Bonnie and Arnold Hano have lived in Laguna Beach since September 1955, with the exception of a two-year Peace Corps stint spent in Costa Rica, starting in July 1991. Active in community affairs ever since their arrival, the two were honored as 2013 "Citizens of the Year" in that year's Laguna Beach Patriot's Day Parade.
^ This defection did not extend to player preferences; to this day, Babe Ruth's preeminence within Hano's baseball pantheon remains unchallenged.
I shifted in 1926 to the Giants, and 1927 began the Yankee dynasty that may have been one of the greatest teams ever. But I didn’t really care because I still remained a Babe Ruth fan. I loved watching him hit home runs. [...] Ruth was a great all-around ballplayer. [...] People think of him as a fat truck, but he could run. He ran gracefully with short steps, funny for a guy who was 6’3” and 210 before he starting getting fat. [...] Very graceful. He didn’t have a strong arm. Odd thing is, he didn’t have a powerful arm, he had a very accurate arm. [...] He would always throw to the right base. We say that about most outfielders. Ruth always threw to the right base. DiMaggio always threw to the right base. The others maybe did, maybe didn’t. Mays most of the time threw to the right base, but Ruth always threw to the right base. [...] The two most influential ballplayers that I’ve ever been involved with, that I’ve ever seen, are Ruth and Jackie Robinson. They both changed the game dramatically.
^ abWaddles, Hank. "Bronx Banter Interview: Arnold Hano". Alex Belth Bronx Banter. September 28, 2009. Retrieved 2015-08-24. "I was born in Washington Heights, which is at the top of Manhattan. And then when I was about four years old we moved across the Harlem River and into the Bronx. I grew up in the Bronx and went to DeWitt Clinton High School, which is the high school at the north end of the Bronx, and we were there until I was maybe fourteen or fifteen when we moved into Manhattan. The formative years were those years between maybe four and fifteen. [...] So I was writing at that age, and when I went to college – I started college when I was fifteen – I was going to be a doctor."
^"Engagements". The New York Times. September 16, 1941. Accessed, via ProQuest, 2015-08-24. "Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Mosheim announce the engagement of their daughter Marjorie Adele to Arnold Hano, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hano."
^ ab"Marriage Announcement: Hano-Herman". The New York Times. July 1, 1951. p. 51. Accessed, via ProQuest, 2015-08-24. "Mrs. Rose Abraham announces the marriage of her daughter, Bonnie Abraham, to Mr. Arnold Hano, son of Mr. and Mrs. Afred B. Hano, on June 30 in Greenwich, Conn."
^ ab"Deaths: Grabenheimer". The New York Times. December 10, 1959. Accessed, via ProQuest, 2015-08-24. "GRABENHEIMER—adored grandmother of Marjorie Mosheim, Norma and Ernest Mosheim; devoted great grandmother of Susan and Stephen Hano."
^ abcAppel, Marty. "A Day in the Bleachers — The Willie Mays Catch". Sports Collectors Digest. Retrieved 2015-08-24. "'A Day in the Bleachers' was an immediate hit – with reviewers. It received 65 reviews, 64 of them glowing, with a full page in the New York Herald-Tribune, and an important review in the New York Times by James ('Studs Lonegan') Farrell. But it didn’t score with the public – barely 3500 sold in a year, and it went out of print a few years later, only to reemerge in 1982 as a reissue by DeCapo Press, and again, by DeCapo, a year ago in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the game.' [...] "Hano was a long-time contributor to SPORT Magazine, writing over 100 features for editors Ed Fitzgerald and Al Silverman, while also developing biographies of Mays, Sandy Koufax, Roberto Clemente, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Muhammad Ali. [...] He also wrote western novels and 'novelizations' of motion pictures (stories based on screenplays), like 'Marriage Italian Style,' a Sophia Loren film. He wrote some early novels for Lion under 'Matthew Gant,' because, 'I didn’t want to be publishing myself while I was editor-in-chief!'."
^Farrell, James T. "Pastime Denizen: A Day in the Bleachers". The New York Times. August 7, 1955. Accessed via ProQuest, 2015-08-24. "On Sept. 29, 1954, some 52,751 people jammed into the Polo Grounds to see the first game of that series. One of them was a highly articulate Giant fan named Arnold Hano. [...] He has written a pleasing and attractive book, recreating an almost legendary day in the history of baseball. He describes the practice before the game, gives vignettes of other bleacher denizens, and writes a dramatic account of the game itself—and, though we know its outcome, our interest is held here as it might be in a novel."
^ abKupferberg, Herbert. "Books: Diamond Show". Parade Magazine. April 15, 1990. Retrieved 2015-08-24. "There's lots of good reading too, the writers including Ernest Hemingway, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, John Updike and Arnold Hano—the author of a particularly vivid description of Willie Mays' most famous catch."
Kettmann, Steve . "Shocked, Shocked!". Salon. December 3, 2004. Retrieved 2015-08-28. "As a classic baseball book like “A Day in the Bleachers” by Arnold Hano — or anything by Roger Angell — reminds us, the first tool for understanding baseball is the eyes. Trust your eyes, as Hano did at the Polo Grounds, and you can see that steroids were a huge part of baseball in the storied summer of 1998, when a pumped-up Sammy Sosa battled pumped-up Mark McGwire for Roger Maris’ single-season home-run record."
^"195 Are Graduated at L.I.U. Ceremony". The New York Times. June 10, 1941. p. 26. Accessed via ProQuest 2015-08-24. "Thirteen students received their degrees cum laude and two magna cum laude. [...] The following students were listed as winners of departmental honors: Seymour Bier, accounting; Anthony Barbaccia, Martin Bloom and Murray Silberberg, biology; Noel L. Conrade and Jack B. Hosid, chemistry; Andrew G. Crowley and Henry G. Neuschaefer, economics; John E. Gurka, Arnold Hano, Josephine Pincus and Ethel J. Shohet, English; Helen O. Pause, mathematics; Selma Rubin, retail distribution; Mildred Eichel, secretarial studies."
^Silverman, Al. "Introduction". The Time of Their Lives: The Golden Age of Great American Book Publishers, Their Editors and Authors. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-312-35003-1. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
^Brown, Ralph Adams. "Among the New Books for Younger Readers". The New York Times. August 5, 1951. Accessed via ProQuest on 2015-08-24. "In 'The Big Out,' Arnold Hano has written one of the most thrilling sports novels this reviewer has ever read. Brick Palmer, outstanding major league catcher, accepts the charge of throwing a game, and banishment from organized baseball, rather than reveal his younger brother's dishonesty and thus ruin the latter's medical career. Brick's struggle with himself as he plays outlaw ball in Canada, the dramatic closing of a great career and the final clearing of his name are achieved through a well-knit plot."
^Kahn, Roger. "Introduction," in Hano, Arnold (1955, 2004). A Day in the Bleachers. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-81322-X. "A question, then, is why A Day in the Bleachers did not win more attention and, incidentally, all the sales that were its due?. In the 1950s, a prominent author announced, 'Don't waste your time with sports books. They never sell.' In publishing, a trendy business, editors believed the same thing. There is a significant element of self-fulfilling prophecy in the attention a book receives. If a publisher believes a book can be a best-seller, he takes steps to convert that belief to truth. Advertise. Send the author about to appear on radio and television programs. Get copies of the book into the hands of columnists, other authors and people of prominence who read. in short, get the book talked about. [...] But without loud banging of publicity drums, few books really have a chance.
^"Games People Play: A Historical Perspective > Spectator Sports: Baseball Fiction" [sic]. University of Delaware Library. Retrieved 2015-08-30. "A Day in the Bleachers tells, from a fan’s perspective, story of the first game of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians, in which Willie Mays made his legendary over-the-shoulder catch deep in center field, known ever after as 'The Catch.'" See also:
Livingston, Bill. "The 10 greatest sports moments ever (start the debate)". The Plain Dealer. August 31, 2011. Retrieved 2015-08-30. "If it had been played anywhere but the Polo Grounds, if it had been anyone but Mays chasing it, and if Arnold Hano hadn't written 'A Day in the Bleachers' about it, then Willie wouldn't still be running in what was left of the day's sunshine, the No. 24 on his back growing smaller and the moment swelling larger with each step."
Walsh, Joan. "Willie Mays". Salon. July 13, 1999. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
Tygiel, Jules. "The Polo Grounds", in Leuchtenburg, William E., editor (2000). American Places: Encounters with History. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 305. ISBN 0-19-513026-X. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
Light, Jonathan Fraser (2005). "Defensive Gems". The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. p. 251. ISBN 0-7864-2087-1. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
Saccoman, John. "SABR BioProject: Willie Mays". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved 2015-08-30. "At least as impressive as the catch was what happened next: As Arnold Hano described it in A Day in the Bleachers: '[He] whirled and threw like some olden statue of a Greek javelin hurler. ... What an astonishing throw. ... This was the throw of a giant, the throw of a howitzer made human.'”
Levin, Josh. "Letter From the Playoffs: On Endy Chávez's catch in the sixth inning of Game 7 of the NLCS". Slate. October 20, 2006. Retrieved 2015-08-30. "Hano's book-length account of Game 1 of the 1954 Series, A Day in the Bleachers, describes Mays' catch for nine beautiful, suspenseful pages. 'Mays simply slowed down to avoid running into the wall, put his hands up in cup-like fashion over his left shoulder, and caught the ball much like a football player catching leading passes in the end zone,' Hano continues..."
Aronoff, Jason (2009). "Part II: The Catches". Going, Going ... Caught!: Baseball's Great Outfield Catches as Described by Those Who Saw Them, 1887–1964. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-7864-4113-6. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
Hirsch, James S. (2010). "The Catch". Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend. New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 194–195. ISBN 978-1-4165-4790-7. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
^Silverman, Jeff, editor (2001). "The Catch': Arnold Hano". The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press. p. 151. ISBN 1-59228-083-8. Retrieved 2015-08-30.
^Text from April 23, 1963 issue of Anderson Herald, p. 17. Newspaper.com. Retrieved 2015-08-25. "Winners of this year's $500 awards, given at a luncheon of the Hillman Foundation, were: --Richard Hofstadter, a Pulitzer Prize winner, for his book, "Anti-Intellectualism and American Life." --Arnold Hano, for his article, "Burned Out Americans" (in Saga magazine), an exposé of 'migrant agricultural workers' conditions in Central Valley Calif..."
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