About the Author
It seemed inevitable that Kirby Arnold would become a baseball writer. He grew up in Rolla, Missouri, the heart of Cardinals country, and saw his first major league game at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis when he was four years old. He developed an instant affection for Stan Musial and the Cardinals, surpassed only by his interest in writing about sports. At age 15, while a sophomore in high school, he landed his first newspaper job at the Rolla Daily News.
Kirby has worked for The Herald in Everett, Washington, since 1984, and was the newspaper's executive sports editor for 10 years. In nearly four decades as a sports writer and editor, his stories and sections have won several awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors. His career at The Herald has spanned much of the history of the Seattle Mariners, and he began covering the team on a daily basis in 1999. Kirby and his wife have two children.