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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Mar 19, 2018

Author Josh Pahigian takes us on a tour of America’s greatest baseball museums, shrines, sports bars, pop culture landmarks and ballpark sites. It's the ultimate bucket list for the national pastime. 

Mar 12, 2018

Using his own version of Wins Above Average, David Kaiser has developed a list of the best Major League Baseball players and teams from 1901 to 2017. He joins us to discuss his findings, some of which will surprise most baseball fans. 

Mar 8, 2018

Long before the Tigers existed, Detroit had a championship baseball team. Brian Martin takes use through the wild rise and fall of the Wolverines in professional baseball's rough and tumble first decade. 

Mar 5, 2018

Author Jason Turbow returns to the show to discuss the ins and outs of baseball's unwritten rules. You'll be flipping your bat in delight as we play the podcast game the right way.

Take a look at the legendary Ryan/Ventura fight on YouTube. Here's Yasiel Puig flipping a bat  and making Madison Bumgarner mad. Remember when Jonathan Papelbon choked Bryce Harper?  

Turbow previously appeared on Episode 24 to discuss "Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic."

Today's featured song: "Code of Silence," by Bruce Springsteen. 

Feb 27, 2018

Vin Scully. Dick Enberg. Jon Miller. Author Kirk McKnight had a chance to interview these legendary broadcasters and many others about the national pastime. He joins us to discuss it.

You can find the book here.

Today's featured song: "On The Airwaves," by The Shazam.

Feb 22, 2018

Author Bill Nowlin joins us to discuss the life and complicated legacy of the legendary Boston Red Sox owner.

You can find the book here

Feb 19, 2018

Have a nice day: Author Dan Epstein is back to take us on a funky ride through baseball and America in the swinging 1970s. Can you dig it?

You can find Big Hair and Plastic Grass here. Epstein's earlier book, Stars and Strikes, is here.

You can read Epstein's 'fro-tastic farewell to Oscar Gamble here. The DVD set of the first season of "This Week in Baseball" that Dan mentioned is here

For more on Pete LaCock, you can go here.


Feb 15, 2018

Baseball by the Book's own Scott Ferkovich discusses his new book about Mickey Cochrane and the 1934-35 Tigers, the team that may have saved baseball in Detroit.

You can find the book here and follow Ferkovich on Twitter here.

Ferkovich has written many Tigers articles for SABR. You can find them here.

For more of McFarland's many baseball books here.

Feb 12, 2018

Pitchers and catchers report this week! With that in mind, we take a look at the history and culture of spring training with author Charles Fountain.

You can find the book at Amazon and other places where books are sold.

The official site of the Grapefruit League is here. You can can find the Cactus League here.

Feb 8, 2018

Michael Seidel talks about his classic account of Joltin' Joe DiMaggio's legendary 56-game hitting streak. 

You can find the book on Amazon and other places where books are sold.

To read Stephen Jay Gould's review of the book, referenced in the episode, click here.
During the interview, Seidel references the late Richard Ben Cramer's controversial biography of DiMaggio. You can find that here.
After writing Streak, Seidel wrote "Ted Williams: A Baseball Life." Find it here.  
Feb 5, 2018

Effa Manley is the only woman in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Hear about her remarkable story from author Audrey Vernick. 

Show notes: 

Audrey Vernick, She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story
Don Tate (Illustrator) of She Loved Baseball
Study Guides for Audrey Vernick’s baseball books 
Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick
The Funniest Man in Baseball 
Feb 1, 2018

As Black History Month begins, author Arnold Rampersad joins us to discuss his classic biography of Jackie Robinson,

Jan 29, 2018

Author Joe Cox is back to discuss unassisted triple plays, 40/40 seasons, and the stories behind baseball's rarest feats.

Jan 25, 2018

Gar Ryness gained fame through his uncanny ability to mimic the batting stances of former and current MLB players. He talks to us about what he calls "the least marketable skill in America."

Jan 22, 2018

Carroll Rogers Walton covered the Atlanta Braves during much of legendary third baseman Chipper Jones' tenure. She's here to discuss his autobiography, which she co-wrote with him. 

Jan 18, 2018

Author Troy Soos discusses his popular series of historic mystery novels, including "Murder at Fenway Park" and "The Tomb that Ruth Built."

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.

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