In 1971, a small-town baseball team made a magical run to the Illinois state baseball finals. Author Chris Ballard tells us the amazing tale of the Macon Ironmen and their unlikely coach.
Reggie! Reggie! For more than a decade, Mr. October was the center of the baseball universe, finding himself in the middle of controversy and pennant races alike. Dayn Perry joins us discuss the tumultuous life and career of the Hall of Famer.
Author Josh Ostergaard takes us on an alternative tour of American history, in which everything from colonialism to the Cold War to 9/11 is represented by baseball.
Over the last 50 years, Kevin Keating has collected tens of thousands of baseball autographs -- and forged countless relationships with baseball greats. He joins us to discuss his remarkable pursuit of signatures and how it has affected his life.
On a Sunday afternoon in August 1965, Giants pitcher Juan Marichal struck Dodgers catcher John Roseboro with his bat. Author John Rosengren explains how the violent confrontation would continue to affect both men -- for bad and good -- for the rest of their lives.
Author Lew Freedman joins us to discuss the life and legacy of legendary lefty Warren Spahn, one of baseball's greatest pitchers.
During the 1890s, Cleveland was home to the rowdiest, fightingest, most hated baseball team in the National League. David Fleitz tells us about the club that gave us Cy Young and ended as the worst team in the game's history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Author David George Surdam explains how Babe Ruth,Kenesaw Mountain Landis and others fueled a tumultuous but prosperous decade for the national pastime.
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.
Author Mitch Lutzke joins us to discuss a pioneering championship African-American baseball team that has been largely forgotten.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.