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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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."

Apr 12, 2018

Author Larry Tye joins us to discuss his Casey Award-winning biography of the legendary Satchel Paige. In addition to being one of the great pitchers in baseball history, Paige is an important figure in American history, Tye says.

Apr 9, 2018

Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance were immortalized by a poem written more than 100 years ago. Author David Rapp joins us to discuss the immortal Cubs trio and the first baseball dynasty of the 20th century.

Apr 2, 2018

Former major league pitcher Bob Tewksbury is now the mental skills coach for the San Francisco Giants. The former All-Star joins us to discuss parts of the game that remain hidden to the average fan. 

Mar 29, 2018

It's Opening Day! So grab a pencil and a scorecard and listen as author Paul Dickson discusses his classic book and tells us how scoring the game has influenced and enhanced the history of baseball. 

Play ball! 

Mar 26, 2018

In 1956, the Yankees' Mickey Mantle became a baseball superstar -- and an American icon. Authors Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith join us to discuss that incredible season and why it resonated so much with public. 

Mar 22, 2018

Whitey Herzog took the reins of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980. Within two years, he had transformed an underperforming, overpaid squad into World Series champions. Author Doug Feldmann tells us how the White Rat did it. 

Mar 19, 2018

Author Josh Pahigian takes us on a tour of America‚Äôs 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. 

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