Brad Balukjian opened a pack of 1986 Topps baseball cards and then embarked on a road trip across the United States to search for the players on the cards. Join us as the author describes his quest to find stars like Carlton Fisk and Dwight Gooden as well as lesser lights like Rance Mullinicks and Jaime Cocanower.
In 1980, baseball's most controversial and colorful manager took over the lowly Oakland A's. The result was a tumultuous three-season reign that may well have saved baseball in Oakland. Author Dale Tafoya joins us to discuss the era of Billy Martin, Rickey Henderson and Charlie Finely.
Baseball fans are living in the age of the home run, with new records being obliterated seemingly every year. Author Jared Diamond joins us to discuss how a revolutionary rethinking of the traditional baseball swing has transformed the way the game is played, with more strikeouts, longer games and fewer balls in play.
Author Jacob Kornhauser joins us to discuss the stories of eleven men who played in just a single major league baseball game and how it affected their lives. From Larry Yount to Jeff Banister to Ron Wright, here are the heirs to Moonlight Graham.
What's in a name? To author D.B. Firstman, everything. From Johnny Dickshot and Drungo Hazewood to Biff Pocoroba and Dorsey Riddlemoser, Firstman takes us on an magical moniker tour of baseball's best and most unusual names.
For the first time, Baseball by the Book goes on the road. Host Justin McGuire moderates a three-author panel at the NINE Conference in Tempe, Ariz. Joins authors James Brunson, Jeremy Beer and Ron Rapoport as they discuss the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues and talk about the best books on black baseball.
You've seen "A League of Their Own," now get the rest of the story. Author and illustrator Anika Orrock shares with us the amazing story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Find more of the author's work at anikaorrock.com.
MLB Network host Bill Ripken is not a fan of analytics, to say the least. The former major league infielder joins us to discuss his thoughts on WAR, OPS, pitcher wins, launch angle and more. Plus, Ripken discusses his late father, legendary Orioles coach Cal Ripken Sr.
Smoky Joe Wood was one of the most remarkable players of baseball's deadball era, putting together a legendary career as a pitcher and outfielder in just 11 seasons. Author Gerald Wood joins us to discuss his award-winning biography of Wood.
Over the course of 25 years, Cumberland Posey transformed the Homestead Grays from a semi-pro team into a juggernaut that won nine straight Negro National League pennants. Author James Overmyer joins us to discuss the Hall of Fame owner's lasting legacy on black baseball.
On July 2, 1963, future Hall of Famers Warren Spahn and Juan Marichal faced off in an epic pitcher's duel that lasted 16 innings. In a game full of stars and decided by one run, each hurler tossed more than 200 pitches. Jim Kaplan joins us to discuss a game that has attained legendary status over the years.
In 1910, the race for the American League batting race between superstars Ty Cobb and Napoleon Lajoie became a national obsession. Author Rick Huhn joins us to explain why the bizarre ending of the race remains controversial 110 years later.
Author and legal expert Howard Wasserman joins us to discuss the history and controversy of baseball's most misunderstood rule, the Infield Fly Rule. Drawing on interviews with experts, legal arguments and a study of every infield fly play in eight Major League seasons, Wasserman tells the complete story of the rule.
Author Jane Leavy joins us to talk about her classic biography of Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax. Leavy discusses the legendary lefty's Hall of Famer career, his aversion to the spotlight, his Jewishness, his 1965 perfect game and more.
The Houston Astros are paying a big price for stealing signs, but author Paul Dickson says sign stealing has been going on since baseball's earliest days. Dickson joins us to discuss the rich legacy of baseball's oft-controversial hidden language.
Chief Bender, the greatest Native American in baseball history, played his Hall of Fame career facing a kind of pressure few other players could even imagine. Author Tom Swift joins us to discuss his award-winning account of Bender's remarkable life.
Forty years ago, Sparky Lyle and Peter Golenbock caused a sensation with "The Bronx Zoo," a rowdy, foul-mouthed look at the Yankees' tumultuous 1978 season. Golenbock joins us to look back at the classic book and its enduring legacy.
Featured song: "Go Mental," the Ramones.
Author Chris Zantow joins us to discuss how car dealer Bud Selig and a group of Milwaukee citizens led the effort to bring a major league team back to the city following the departure of the Braves for Atlanta. Along the way, Selig & Co. ran into stiff opposition from baseball's power brokers, who didn't see Milwaukee as a viable market.
In 1978, San Francisco was shaken by the assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk and the massacre at Jonestown. Meanwhile, the city's punk rock scene exploded and Vida Blue, Jack Clark and the Giants provided an unexpected pennant race. Lincoln Mitchell joins us to tie it all together.
Although few fans in the United State may know it, baseball has a long and culturally important history in Europe. Author Josh Chetwynd joins us to discuss the impact of the game in the Netherlands, Italy, Great Britain and more than 40 other European countries.
In the summer of 1911, a group of murderers, rapists and other hardened convicts at the Wyoming State Penitentiary garnered national attention through their prowess at baseball. Author Chris Enss joins us to discuss a remarkable tale of corruption, politics, violence and home runs in a state that was transitioning from the Old West into the modern world.
Find out more about the author at chrisenss.com.
The 1948 American League pennant race was one of the greatest in history, featuring legendary stars, an iconoclastic owner and a one-game playoff to determine which team would advance to the World Series. Author David Kaiser joins to discuss Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Satchel Paige, Bill Veeck and more.
Many experts believe Oscar Charleston is among the handful of best players in baseball history. So why is the former Negro Leagues star virtually forgotten today? Jeremy Beer joins us to discuss the life and legacy of the man who dominated black baseball in the 1920s and 1930s.
Jean Fruth has photographed amateur baseball players from Cuba to Oakland, from Japan to the Bronx and other baseball hotbeds throughout the world. Fruth and former Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson join us to discuss her book of more than 250 photos, as well as their efforts to grow amateur baseball around the globe.
In 2018, the Red Sox won the World Series with perhaps the best team ever in the franchise's storied history. Author Alex Speier joins us to explain how Boston spent years methodically developing a generation of elite prospects who led the team to the promised land.