John Helyar

John Helyar (born 1951[1]) is an American journalist and author. He is a graduate of Boston University. He is married to The Wall Street Journal’s Betsy Morris. Helyar has worked for The Wall Street Journal, Fortune magazine,, ESPN The Magazine and Bloomberg News.[2] He is the author of the 1994 book, Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball.[3]

John Helyar
Born (1951-05-14) May 14, 1951
Alma materBoston University
Notable worksLords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball, Barbarians at the Gate
SpouseBetty Morris

His reporting with Bryan Burrough on RJR Nabisco earned them the 1989 Gerald Loeb Award for Deadline and/or Beat Writing.[4] They turned their research into the book Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco, which was made into an HBO Emmy award-winning a film of the same title.[5]


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  3. Helyar, John (1994). Lords of the realm: the real history of baseball. New York: Villard Books. ISBN 978-0-679-41197-0. OCLC 29359030.
  4. "Loeb Award winners 1958-1996". AHBJ. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  5. Scott, Tony (1993-03-18). "Hbo Pictures Barbarians at the Gate". Variety. Retrieved 2020-09-14.

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