Paul Brekke-Miesner was born and raised in Oakland, California. He played football at Castlemont High School and then covered high school and junior college sports as a ‘stringer’ for the Oakland Tribune and Berkeley Gazette while a student at Oakland City College, where he was also Sports Information Director. He holds a degree in Sociology from California State University, Northridge and a Masters Degree in Community Development from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco.
He has been a curator of exhibits on Oakland and Eastbay sports history for several venues, including the Oakland Museum of California and the Major League All-Star Game in Oakland in 1987. Most recently, he was a panelist and author on the history of the Oakland Athletic League and one of its legendary coaches, George Powles, for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture in New York in 2009. In 2008, he and other parents at Oakland Tech High School built a beautiful baseball field for the school, now named for Tech alum and Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson.
Home Field Advantage is the culmination of thirty years of research and interviews by Brekke-Miesner. He and his wife live in the Fruitvale area of Oakland. They have two sons who were athletes at Oakland Tech High School.