ESPN Travels Back to 1927 for ‘Real-Time Historical Fiction’

The Diary of Myles Thomas will span Twitter, Medium, The New York Times archives and more.

On Twitter, this season-long baseball yarn will be told via the accounts @1927Diary, @MylesThomas27, @1927_NYYankees and @FordFrick. Other strands encompass, Medium and the archives of Major League Baseball and The New York Times.


The Diary of Myles Thomas, debuting today, swings ambitiously at serialized long-form historical fiction, imagining the 1927 season from the perspective of one of the team’s pitchers. From the announcement:

Created and produced by Douglas Alden – a digital entrepreneur, three-time Emmy Award writer-producer-director and a founding member of Classic Sports Network (now ESPN Classic), where he was the head of programming and production for the network’s first five years – 1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas is a bold and innovative retelling of the 1927 Yankees season on and off the field. Blending serialized, deeply-researched historical fiction with social media, the story will be published along the same timeline as the events of the entire season actually unfolded almost 90 years ago.

At the heart of this ambitious project is the diary of Myles Thomas, a real-life pitcher and teammate of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the rest of “Murderer’s Row”. Throughout the season, Thomas is the protagonist who, through a mixture of historical detail and narrative license, brings modern baseball fans inside what it was like to be a member of the Yankees and to live in America at the height of the Roaring 20’s.

Included in the social media stream will be real-time Twitter updates from every Yankees game played in 1927, synchronized to the original date and game times.