Nowadays, the demand for ghostwriters is on the rise. Some people like to use their services to write for their blogs and social media accouts to lessen their burden while others even hire them to write a book for them. Nonetheless, ghostwriting has been around for centuries, in one form or another. There are historians who surmised that a number of well-known writers in the past had employed ghostwriters to help them finish their works.
But what about ghostwriters hiring ghostwriters? We have heard of people hiring ghostwriters several times though we seldom hear about a ghostwriter employing a ghostwriter. While this practice may be more common these days, I’m only aware of one example on record.
During the 1936 World Series, Sportswriter Tom Meany was a ghostwriter for Christy Walsh, the business manager of baseball player Babe Ruth. Meany was so busy at the time with other writing projects that he had to employ a ghost to gost for him.
“I hired [Tom Meany] on my staff of ghost writers for the 1936 World Series and found when the Series opened that he had sublet the assignment,” Walsh wrote (or maybe a ghostwriter wrote), “the only ghost writer I ever employed who had a ghost writer of his own!”
Jackie Robinson, Baseball has Done It, 1964