Toby Smith is a journalist whose work has concentrated primarily on sports, particularly its attendant controversies. Smith has been a sports editor and freelance contributor to major publications, including Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal. He has covered events such as the Davis Cup (tennis), the World Cup (soccer), and the Super Bowl. He has written ten books of nonfiction, some of which have focused on sports, the latest of which is "BUSH LEAGUE BOYS: The Postwar Legends of Baseball in the American Southwest," published in 2014. He also wrote "LITTLE GRAY MEN," which explores the goofiness of flying saucer fanatics. Smith has been interviewed on ESPN Classic, PBS, and the National Geographic Channel. He was twice named a Fulbright scholar to Romania where he created the first course in sports writing. He has worked in Seoul, London, Armenia, Albuquerque, and Connecticut. He has taught at Ohio State, University of New Mexico, Wesleyan University and other national and international institutions.
Sports in American culture; UFOs, Roswell, and the whole enchilada: why this spaceship stuff just will not go away; writing on what you know best; race in America—in particular Jack Johnson, the first black man to hold the world heavyweight boxing championship; how to get a job in the sports field.