Baseball by the Book

A veteran baseball writer and editor explores the world of books about baseball through interviews with today's best baseball authors.
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Jan 15, 2018

Martin C. Babicz teaches us about American history through the lens of baseball. 

Jan 11, 2018

For a century, the arrival of Who's Who in Baseball was a sure sign the season wasn't far away. Douglas B. Lyons tells us about the history of the venerable publication.

Jan 8, 2018

Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos take us on a tour of classic baseball stadiums that are no more. 

Jan 4, 2018

Step right up and meet the wild and winning '86 Mets, courtesy of author Jeff Pearlman. 

Dec 28, 2017

We ring out 2017 with broadcaster Tim Hagerty, who tells us about some of the most off-the-wall minor league team names of all time.

Dec 21, 2017

Lew Freedman takes us back to 1910-1914, when the Philadelphia Athletics ruled the baseball world.

Dec 14, 2017

We celebrate our 100th episode with award-winning author David Maraniss, who's here to discuss his acclaimed biography of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente.  

Dec 11, 2017

It's a special Hanukkah episode as author Bob Wechsler uses baseball careds to take us through the history of Jewish baseball players.

Dec 7, 2017

Jeff Passan takes an in-depth look at the most valuable commodity in sports—the pitching arm—and how its vulnerability to injury is hurting players and the game.

Dec 4, 2017

Distinguished author Daniel Okrent joins us to discuss his classic look at a single baseball game played in June 1982.

Nov 30, 2017

Peter C. Bjarkman gives us the inside story of the men who have risked everything for a chance to play professional baseball in the United States.

Nov 20, 2017

Henry W. Thomas, grandson of the legendary Big Train, discusses his Casey Award-winning biography of his grandfather.

Nov 17, 2017

Hello, Mark Newman. The author talked to more than 100 former and current MLB players about their greatest hits. 

Nov 13, 2017

Former Los Angeles Dodgers GM Ned Colletti looks back at his more than three decades in baseball. 

Nov 9, 2017

Meet the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, courtesy of author Diana Star Helmer. Find out what 'A League of Their Own' got right -- and wrong.

Nov 6, 2017

Neal McCabe describes how he and his sister helped preserve the extraordinary photographic legacy of the great Charles M. Conlon. 

Nov 3, 2017

Miami attorney Jack Herskowitz, recounting his own near tragic experience, says MLB must do something about the many dangers that lurk at stadiums.

Oct 30, 2017

Robert K. Fitts tells us about this historic 1934 tour that sent major league stars to Japan amid political turmoil and intrigue. 

Oct 26, 2017

It's a Halloween spooktacular as Dan Gordon takes us on a chilling journey to learn about ghosts, curses, legends and eerie events from the national pastime.

Oct 23, 2017

Tim Wendel discusses the 1991 World Series, perhaps the greatest Fall Classic ever.

Oct 19, 2017

We travel back to October 1903 to learn about the first World Series with historian Louis Masur.

Oct 16, 2017

Thomas Whalen takes us back to the Summer of Love, when the Red Sox and Cardinals ruled the baseball world.

Oct 12, 2017

Find out the truth behind Bobby Thomson's legendary home run with author Joshua Prager.

Oct 9, 2017

Why were the Cubbies so bad for so long? Author Rich Cohen tries to solve that mystery as he looks back at more than 100 years of baseball history on Chicago's North Side.

Oct 5, 2017

Meet the 1973-75 Texas Rangers, one of the worst teams in baseball history, courtesy of veteran writer Mike Shropshire.

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