John Rossi, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

John Rossi was born in Philadelphia April 7, 1936. He attended Incarnation of Our Lord grammar school, La Salle High and La Salle University. He married Frances Quinn (1966) and has one daughter, Monca Wilson and one grand daughter, Caitlyn Quinn Wilson.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Modern British History
  • Modern Irish History
  • The Career of George Orwell
  • Studies in the History of World War II
  • The Role Played by Baseball in the Development of American Culture


  • La Salle College, BA in History, 1958
  • University of Notre Dame MA in History, 1960
  • University of Pennsylvania, PH.D in History, 1965


  • The Transformation of the British Liberal Party, 1874-1880, The American Philosophical Society, 1978
  • Off the Field Changes in Baseball, 1946-1960, 1999, McFarland Publishers
  • The National Game: A History of American Baseball, Ivan R. Dee, 2002
  • The 1964 Phillies: The Story of Baseball’s Most Memorable Collapse, 2005, McFarland Publishers. New Edition to appear spring 2024
  • Tales of Lower Olney, Closson Press, 2010
  • The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell (with John Rodden, Cambridge University Press, 2012
  • Living the Promise: the 150th Anniversary History of LaSalle University, 2013
  • Baseball and American Culture: A History. Rowman and Littlefield, 2018

John Rossi has published over 300 essays and reviews in journals as diverse as The Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, The Canadian Journal of History, The Catholic Historical Review, the American Historical Review, Irish History Studies, Recusant History. Among popular outlets I have published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post Book World, Commonweal, The New Criterion, Eire/Ireland, Prose Studies, The American Conservative Magazine.


  • Podcast: On Johnny Callison, Moviehouse Productions Podcast, October 3, 2023