F.C. Lane was the editor of Baseball Magazine from 1910 - 1937, and frequently corresponded with baseball players and officials as a result. Lane was born on October 25, 1895 near Moorhead, Minnesota. At the age of four, he moved with his family to the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts. After graduating from Tabor Academy in Marion, MA, he attended Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology before graduating from the Academy of Boston in 1907. In 1910, Lane was appointed assistant biologist at Boston University. He also worked part-time as an assistant biologist for the Massachusetts Commission of Fisheries and Game, performing and reporting shellfish experiments. F.C. Lane became the editor of Baseball Magazine in 1910. He wrote nearly 1,000 articles for the publication, and in 1925, he published Batting: One Thousand Expert Opinions on Every Conceivable Angle of Batting Science. After retiring from Baseball Magazine, Lane tought history at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, started a journalism program, and earned a Ph. D. Lane was married in 1914 to Emma, at her home in Brooklyn, NY. Emma was born 10 December 1888 and graduated from Brown Secretarial School before working as a stenographer. They remained together for nearly 70 years, maintaing a home in the Cape Cod area for most of those years. The Lanes traveled extensively together, going around the world six times to visit places such as Hawaii, China, Japan, Africa, Scandinavia, and the North and South Poles. These adventures provided ample material for his writing, and in 1947 he published his first science-based book, The Mysterious Sea. He followed it with seven other books related to the natural world, including The Story of Trees, which earned him the Natural History Book Club Selection in 1952. In 1955, he received the Junior Book Award for his contributions to the All About Series. He published On Old Cape Cod in 1958, which was a collection of poems that highlighted historical landmarks of the Cape. He maintained memberships in groups that included the Polar Club, the National Historical Society, and the National Geographic Society. The Lanes spent their final years in the Whitehall Manor Nursing Home in Hyannis, MA. It was there on April 20, 1984 that F.C. Lane died at the age of ninety-eight. HIs wife died ten months later.
From the description of F.C. Lane Papers : correspondence, 1911-1936. (National Baseball Hall of Fame). WorldCat record id: 166255352