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John Douglass Wallop III (8 March 1920 – 1 April 1985) was an American novelist and playwright.

Douglass Wallop
BornJohn Douglass Wallop, III
(1920-03-08)8 March 1920
Washington, D.C.
Died1 April 1985(1985-04-01) (aged 65)
Washington, D.C.
Notable worksThe Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant
SpouseLucille Fletcher (1949-1985, his death)
Children(Stepchildren) Taffy, Wendy

Early lifeEdit

On March 8, 1920, Wallop was born as John Douglass Wallop III in Washington, DC. Wallo's parents are John Douglass, Jr., an insurance agent, and Marjorie Wallop (nee Ellis).


Wallop graduated from the University of Maryland in 1942, where he served as editor of "The Old Line", a student-run literary and humor magazine.


His first novel, 1953's Night Light, concerns a father's search into the background of his child's murderer. Anne Brooks of the New York Herald Tribune Book Review said he "created characters who are both real and colorful, and he has delved into a maniac's mind with considerable understanding." R.G. Peck wrote an article for the Chicago Sunday Tribune and said it was the "first novel that's well constructed, carefully written, and free of painful mannerisms." Al Hine of the Saturday Review said it's a "novel that is moving and tautly interesting from first page to last. Mr. Wallop writes fluently and without affectation, even when he is exploring the subcellars of bop."

He authored 13 works but is most famous for The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant (1954), which was adapted by Wallop and George Abbott into the Tony Award-winning musical Damn Yankees.


Personal lifeEdit

On January 6, 1949 Wallop married writer and actress Lucille Fletcher. They remained together until his death. Wallop interests included chess, sailing, music and woodworking.



  • Night Light (1953)
  • The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant (also published as Damn Yankees) (1954)
  • The Sunken Garden (also published as The Dangerous Years) (1956)
  • What Has Four Wheels and Flies? A Tale (1959)
  • Ocean Front (1963)
  • So This Is What Happened to Charles Moe (1965)
  • The Mermaid in the Swimming Pool (1968)
  • The Good Life (1969)
  • Stone (1971)
  • Howard's Bag (1973)
  • Mixed Singles (1977)
  • Regatta (1981)
  • The Other Side of the River (1984)



  • Baseball: An Informal History (1969)

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