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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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Now displaying: February, 2018
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‚Äôs 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,

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