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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Aug 13, 2018

Orioles Magic, feel it happen. From 1979 to 1983, Baltimore was baseball's model franchise, winning two pennants and a World Series while fielding competitive teams each year. Author Charles Kupfer joins us to discuss that remarkable era. 

Aug 9, 2018

The Astros went from national laughingstock to World Series champions in a few short seasons. Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated joins us to discuss how Houston succeeded by sticking to a sometimes-controversial master plan. 

Aug 6, 2018

America's entry into World War I in 1917 had a major impact on professional baseball, including both the major leagues and the minors. Author Jim Leeke joins us to talk about the national pastime during the Great War. 

Aug 2, 2018

Author Alex Irvine takes us on a graphic and fun-filled trip through the history of the national pastime. Along the way we meet Abner Doubleday, Charlie Pride, Walt Whitman and even Jack Kerouac. 

Jul 26, 2018

Justine Siegal. Mudcat Grant. Maybelle Blair. Shirley Burkovich. Each of these individuals has an amazing story to tell, and they do so in their own words in a new collection. Jon Leonoudakis, one of the co-editors of the project, joins us to discuss it. 

Jul 16, 2018

From Abraham Lincoln to Donald Trump, the American presidency has been inextricably linked to the American game. Veteran author Curt Smith tells us the history of two venerable national institutions. 

Jul 9, 2018

Author David George Surdam explains how Babe Ruth,Kenesaw Mountain Landis and others fueled a tumultuous but prosperous decade for the national pastime.

Jul 2, 2018

The Milwaukee Braves set attendance records, won a World Series and became beloved in Wisconsin after moving from Boston in the 1950s. A decade later, the team was gone. Author Patrick W. Steele joins us to discuss how things went so wrong so fast. 

Jun 25, 2018

Author Mitch Lutzke joins us to discuss a pioneering championship African-American baseball team that has been largely forgotten. 

Jun 18, 2018

Former major league closer Skip Lockwood joins us to share memories of his career, which included stops in Kansas City, Seattle, Milwaukee and New York. Along the way, he crossed paths with legendary figures like Charlie O. Finley, Jim Bouton, Bud Selig and Satchel Paige.

Jun 14, 2018

Jerald Podair joins us to discuss his award-winning book recounting the amazing story of the building of Dodger Stadium and the birth of modern Los Angeles. 

Jun 11, 2018

The Cape Cod Baseball League is the best summer college league in the world and counts among its alumni such names as Kris Bryant, Buster Posey and Jeff Bagwell. Author Jim Collins joins us to discuss his classic account of the league's 2002 season. 

Jun 7, 2018

Was Babe Ruth really just an overgrown kid of limited intellect? Author Ed Wehrle argues the Bambino in fact represented such a threat to the status quo that organized baseball worked for decades to discredit him. 

Jun 4, 2018

Davey Johnson was a successful player and manager who led a Forrest Gump-like baseball life, says our guest, author Erik Sherman. Sherman collaborated with Johnson on his new autobiography/

May 31, 2018

In the summer of the 1943, Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Johnny Sain and other MLB stars played on maybe the greatest team you've never heard of. Anne R. Keene takes us on a tour of the remarkable Navy training school in Chapel Hill, N.C. and introduces us to the Cloudbuster Nine.

May 24, 2018

Felipe Alou, the first Dominican-born player to make the big leagues, had an All-Star career and went on to be a successful manager. Peter Kerasotis, who collaborated with Alou on his autobiography, shares the remarkable story of a remarkable man. 

May 21, 2018

Bud Selig had perhaps the most eventful commissionership in MLB history. Author Jon Pessah takes us inside the secret world of baseball's power brokers during the Selig era.

May 17, 2018

Author Daniel R. Levitt tells us the story of the Federal League, which took on the established major leagues in 1914 and 1915. The league didn't last long but its legacy did.

May 14, 2018

For generations of children, collecting baseball cards and being a baseball fan were one in the same. How did collecting small pieces of cardboard become so important for so long? Author Dave Jamieson tells us baseball cards became an American obsession.

May 10, 2018

Author Michael Fallon takes us back to decadent Los Angeles of the late 1970s to meet Tom Lasorda, Steve Garvey and the rest of the hard-charging Dodgers.

May 7, 2018

Why should your best hitter bat second? Should a manager ever sacrifice bunt? Author Mitchel Lichtman joins us to discuss the classic book of strategic analysis he co-authored with two other noted sabermetricians. 

May 1, 2018

Koufax. Kershaw. Drysdale. Valenzuela. Author Jon Weisman explains why the Dodgers have a pitching tradition unlike any other club. 

Apr 24, 2018

It's Fashion Week on Baseball by the Book as Todd Radom takes us on a visual tour of the strangest, most memorable and most colorful baseball uniforms of all time. From the Astros to the Padres to the Swingin' A's, Radom discusses the National Pastime's unique sartorial history, 

Apr 20, 2018

In the summer of 1976, Mark Fidrych skyrocketed to national acclaim through the force of his pitching and his personality. Author Doug Wilson joins us to discuss the remarkable life and legacy of the man they called "The Bird."

Apr 16, 2018

Russell Carleton, a trained psychologist and veteran sabermetrician, talks to us about the next evolution in baseball thinking -- which includes marrying analytics with the long-derided "human element."

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