A lifelong resident of Racine, WI, Jerry Tapp graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1979 with a B.A. degree in Communication. He remembers his first attempt at writing as a youngster being a short story about a talking baseball. Ironically, that talking baseball story would set the stage for a lifelong love for talking about and writing about… and playing… baseball (and other sports).
He spent nearly a decade as an associate editor with a national sports publication, Referee Magazine, and wrote a nationally-syndicated sports statistics column, “Stats on Tapp” for Universal Press Syndicate. As a freelance sportswriter his work has appeared in Baseball Digest, Inside Sports and the Washington Post. He was also a Scoreboard Statistician for the Milwaukee Brewers for 20 years and wrote the script for two year-end highlight videos and a drug prevention video produced by the major league team.
His baseball playing days after high school included two years of junior college baseball at Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa. He then received a Division I scholarship to the University of New Mexico playing in the prestigious Western Athletic Conference. He finished his collegiate baseball career at Parkside and also enjoyed a successful semi-pro career with the Quad City Angels and the Green Bay Blue Ribbons.
His career background includes work in the area of sports and recreation, non-profit management, and marketing and communications, where he held titles such as Sports Director, Development Director and Marketing Communications Specialist. His writing background is diverse: He was editor of “His Grace,” a monthly newsletter for a local church and spent several years writing a monthly column for local publication, Action Magazine, where his column focused on Christian issues.
His on-the-job writing skills run the gamut of grant writing, donor solicitation letters, copywriting, speech writing and press releases.
Jerry has been married to Judi, an elementary art teacher, since 1979. They have two adult children, Eric and Amy. In his spare time Jerry enjoys golf, bike riding, reading and creative writing.
His goal is to turn his passion for sports statistics into a full-time career.
You can reach Jerry at email@example.com.
Jerry — I finally got a chance to eyeball a couple months worth of your blog. Real good stuff. Also, read your bio. I was a huge Inside Sports fan. And I am sure I have some of those “Numbers” pages buried in a file somewhere. Keep up the good work, and when i steal something, I will be sure to give you credit. Thanks.
Bob: Thanks for checking out my blog. I miss Inside Sports; I loved the “Numbers” column and loved contributing to it. No problem “stealing” my stuff. Appreciate any help in promoting this blog. I have put your column in my favorites and will be checking it on a regular basis. Jerry
Doing great. Keep it up Jerry I enjoy it. Jeff Leehe.
Jeff: Thanks for your kind words. This is a great diversion for me as I try to find work. The job market is not the greatest around here, but doing my blog keeps me focused and busy. Now if I could just figure out a way to make money doing this… Agains, thanks, Jeff
I hope it works out for you. I still think about the old Park High days sometimes. I try to stay in shape and work out as often as i can lifting weights and alot of walking around these hills in the Elmwood- Spring Valley area of WI. It’s a good stress reliever for me being in the painting business these days also. It’s tough out there. I am benching just over 400 pounds now but my wife wants me to cool it before I hurt myself. She is right but not to bad for a 56 year old. Keep the faith and have a great Christmas and Holidays. Jeff.
Thanks, Jeff. Merry Christmas!