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A veteran baseball journalist interviews today's best baseball authors about their books.

Justin McGuire


    • Aug 11, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
    • monthly NEW EPISODES
    • 51m AVG DURATION
    • 173 EPISODES

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    Episode 326: "Stumbling Around the Bases"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 49:04

    Author Andy McCue joins us to discuss how the American League mismanaged integration and expansion, allowing the National League to forge ahead in attendance and prestige.

    Episode 325: "Intentional Balk"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 39:18

    Mark Armour joins us to discuss the history of cheating in baseball, from the 19th century to current issues like electronic sign stealing and Spider Tack.

    Episode 324: "Stolen Dreams"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 44:35

    In 1955, a group of Black Little Leaguers in South Carolina was denied a chance to play for the chamlpionship because of the color of their skin. Author Chris Lamb joins us to discuss the heartbreaking story of the Cannon Street All-Stars and youth baseball's civil war. 

    Episode 323: "Not an Easy Tale to Tell"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 47:17

    Raph Carhart joins us to discuss a new SABR collection that looks at how Jackie Robinson's legacy has been reflected and shaped by pop culture and literature. He gives his thoughts on "The Jackie Robinson Story," "42," plus a Broadway play, a comic book, children's books, TV movies and much more. 

    Episode 322: "Whispers of the Gods"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 40:26

    Author Peter Golenbock joins us to discuss his new oral history collection, which includes more than a dozen interviews with former baseball players conducted over the course of five decades. From Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Roy Campanella to journeyman like Ellis Clary and Kirby Higbe, the players, all now deceased, bring a long-gone era of baseball back to life. 

    Episode 321: "Red Barber"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 54:34

    We're in the catbird seat as author James R. Walker joins us to discuss his biography of legendary baseball broadcaster Red Barber. 

    From the Patreon archives: "Baseball's Great Experiment"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 61:29

    For Jackie Robinson Day, we make this classic bonus episode from our Patreon page available to everyone. Adrian Burgos, Mark Armour and Lisa Alexander join us to take a deep dive look at "Baseball's Great Experiment," by Jules Tygiel.

    Episode 320: "Charlie Murphy"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 48:08

    In the early 20th century, Charlie Murphy was the most successful — and controverisal — owner in the major leagues. Author Jason Cannon joins us to discuss the iconoclast behind the Chicago Cubs dynasty. 

    Episode 319: "Ted Sullivan, Barnacle of Baseball"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 38:58

    Ted Sullivan, once known as "the Daddy of Baseball," is almost entirely forgotten today. Author Pat O'Neill joins us to discuss the life of the Irish immigrant who discovered Charles Comiskey, took baseball international and coined the word 'fan.' 

    Episode 318: "Max Gordon"

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 38:00

    We're back! Author Jacob Kornhauser joins us to discuss the remarkable and inspiring story of former Oregon State outfielder Max Gordon. 

    Episode 317: "The Baseball 100"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 55:58

    Where does Pete Rose rank on the list of baseball's all-time best players? Was Barry Bonds better than Henry Aaron? Where do players like Sadaharu Oh and Josh Gibson belong on a list of the top 100 players? Author Joe Posnanski joins us to discuss those questions and many more.

    From the Patreon archives: '70s baseball movies

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 102:37

    Now available for all. Dan Epstein, Josh Wilker and Willie Steele join us to discuss "The Bad News Bears," "Bang the Drum Slowly" and more baseball movies from the 1970s.

    From the Patreon Archives: "The Glory of Their Times"

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 73:15

    We are making available to everyone for the first time our All-Star panel discussing "The Glory of Their Times." Rob Neyer, Jon Leonoudakis and Skip Desjardin join Justin McGuire to discuss Lawrence Ritter's classic oral history. 

    Episode 316: "My 1961"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 48:44

    Andy Strasberg turned 13 in 1961, the same year his hero Roger Maris made baseball history. Strasberg joins us to discuss how that remarkable year changed his life and led to an enduring bond with the Maris family.

    From the Patreon Archives: '80s baseball movies

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 80:02

    In honor of the upcoming "Field of Dreams" game, we are making this patron-only bonus episode available to everyone. No decade had as many beloved baseball movies as the 1980s. From "The Natural" in 1984 to "Field of Dreams" in 1989, Hollywood loved the National Pastime. So grab some popcorn and listen as our All-Star panel discusses the controversial ending to the "The Natural," the inaccuracies of "Eight Men Out" and whether Crash Davis could take Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn deep. Justin McGuire is joined by J Daniel, Jason Foster and Willie Steele. 

    Episode 315: "11 in '11"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 47:33

    The St. Louis Cardinals have won 11 World Series, but perhaps none is as special to its fans as the miracle 2011 title. Author Benjamin Hochman joins us to discuss David Freese, Tony La Russa, Albert Pujols and a legendary Game 6. 

    Episode 314: "Forty Years a Giant"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 53:27

    For four decades, Giants owner Horace Stoneham was a pivotal figure in baseball. He brought Willie Mays to the majors, pioneered player development in Latin America and Asia and helped bring baseball to the West Coast. So why has he been largely forgotten? Author Steven Treder joins us to discuss Stoneham's life and legacy. 

    Episode 313: "The Best Little Baseball Town in the World"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 44:38

    For a short time in the 1950s, tiny Crowley, La. was the toast of the baseball world as its Class C Millers drew enormous crowds and won multiple pennants. Then it all ended as quickly as it began. Author Gaylon White joins us to discuss a remarkable tale of murder, mystery and tragedy.

    Episode 312: "Double Plays and Double Crosses"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 51:34

    In 1920, as rumors about the previous World Series swirled, the White Sox battled the Indians and Babe Ruth's Yankees for the American League pennant. All the while, questions abounded: How much did baseball know about the 1919 fix? Why were the crooked players allowed to play? Were they still throwing games? Don Zminda joins us to discuss a remarkable baseball season.

    Episode 311: "Walter Alston"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 53:44

    Walter Alston lacked the flash of fellow managers like Casey Stengel, Leo Durocher or Tommy Lasorda. But the Ohio native was one of the most successful skippers in major league history with more than 2,000 wins, seven pennants and four World Series titles. Author Alan Levy joins us to discuss how a career minor leaguer forged a Hall of Fame managerial career. 

    Episode 310: "1962"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 47:41

    Major league baseball came to Texas and returned to New York. Maury Wills and Don Drysdale dominated, but the Dodgers lost the pennant to the hated Giants. Meanwhile, John Glenn orbited the Earth, Americans did the Twist and JFK faced down the Soviets. Author David Krell joins us to discuss the momentous year of 1962. Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 309: "The Giants and Their City"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 54:00

    From 1976 to 1992, the San Francisco Giants were mostly mediocre, rarely loved in their own city and constantly looking for a way to get out of frigid Candlestick Park. But, author Lincoln Mitchell says, this forgotten era helped lay the groundwork for all the success the team has experienced in the 21st century.  Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Buy merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 308: "Clubbie"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 43:22

    Greg Larson spent two years as a clubhouse attendant for the Aberdeen IronBirds. Along the way, he encountered future major leaguers like Trey Mancini and Josh Hader and found out some harsh truths about life in the minor leagues. The author joins us to discuss his experiences and why he thinks baseball needs to treat its players better.  Here's a link to the Slate article about Blake Bailey mentioned during the interview: https://slate.com/culture/2021/04/blake-bailey-lusher-journals-teacher.html Support Baseball by the Book: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore    

    Episode 307: "The Pride of Minnesota"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 43:11

    The Minnesota Twins of the 1960s featured a slew of stars who ended the long run of American League dominance by the New York Yankees in 1965. Author Thom Henninger joins us to discuss how Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Billy Martin and Co. navigated America's most turbulent decade. Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 306: "Tony Lazzeri"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 54:29

    Tony Lazzeri was baseballs first Italian-American star and a key member of the legendary Murderers' Row Yankees of the 1920s. But today the Hall of Fame second baseman is mostly remembered for one moment of failure. Lawrence Baldassaro joins us to explain why Lazzeri's legacy goes far beyond striking out in the 1926 World Series. Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 305: "Comeback Pitchers"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 44:48

    Award-winning author Steve Steinberg returns to the podcast to discuss the remarkable careers of Jack Quinn and Howard Ehmke, two mostly forgotten pitchers from the early 20th century. 

    Episode 304: "Gathering Crowds"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 57:31

    When baseball free agency began in the late 1970s, many owners predicted doom for the national pastime. Instead, the game entered an era of sky-rocketing attendance, growing popularity and small-market World Series winners. Paul Hensler joins us to discuss how baseball fever gripped the nation from 1977 to 1989.  Support the pod: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore

    Episode 303: "The Captain and Me"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 54:33

    Ron Blomberg and Thurman Munson may have seemed like an odd couple, but the gregarious kid from Georgia and the grumpy All-Star catcher were the best of friends on the Yankee squads of the early 1970s. Author Dan Epstein joins us to explain how he and Blomberg got together to tell the story of an unlikely friendship that ended in tragedy. Patreon: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 302: "Two Sides of Glory"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 45:19

    What's it like to be on the losing end of one of the most famous World Series in baseball history? Author Erick Sherman talked to Bill Buckner, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens and other members of the 1986 Boston Red Sox to find out.  Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 301: "The Best Team Over There"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 44:16

    Before World War I, Grover Cleveland Alexander was "The Great Alexander," a superstar pitcher who dominated the National League. After the war, Ol' Pete's life began to spiral out of control as he struggled with alcoholism, PTSD and epilepsy. Author Jim Leeke discusses the remarkable story of a man who went from the heights of the national game to dying alone in a rented room. Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 300: "Baseball's Greatest Hit"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 49:00

    Katie Casey is baseball mad, and so are we! It's Opening Day AND it's the 300th episode of Baseball by the Book, so we're celebrating by taking an in-depth look at "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Author Tim Wiles joins us to discuss how a hit 1908 song became an American classic.  Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 299: "Our Team"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 60:36

    In 1948, the Cleveland Indians became the first integrated major league team to win the World Series. Author Luke Epplin joins us to discuss Larry Doby, Satchel Paige, Bob Feller, Bill Veeck and the rest of the history-making squad that has been overshadowed by Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 298: "The Only Way is the Steady Way"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 53:41

    Author Andrew Forbes joins us to discuss his new collection of essays on Ichiro Suzuki and other baseball topics, including the 2003 Tigers, Tris Speaker and Pedro Guerrero. Plus, we chat about baseball under the shadow of COVID and nuclear annihilation. Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 297: "Cobra"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 58:17

    Dave Parker was one of baseball's brightest stars in the late 1970s, a batting champion with power and a deadly right arm. But injuries and drugs derailed his All-Star career before he found redemption and happiness in his hometown of Cincinnati. Author Dave Jordan joins us to discuss the autobiography he co-authored with Parker.  Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Buy merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore

    Episode 296: "Lights, Camera, Fastball"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 58:35

    The Hollywood Stars were the team of, well, Hollywood stars. For two decades, Gilmore Field in Los Angeles was the place to be for celebrities from Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart to Barbara Stanwyck and Groucho Marx. Author Dan Taylor joins us to discuss the remarkable run of the Pacific Coast League franchise that pioneered air travel and TV and introduced the world to baseball uniform shorts.  Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 295: "Viva Baseball"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 49:53

    From Dolf Luque to Fernando Valenzuela to Pedro Martinez, Latin Americans have long played baseball in the United States — and faced significant racism and cultural barriers along the way. Samuel Regalado joins us to discuss his efforts to chronicle the experiences of Latin major league players. Patreon: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore

    Episode 294: "Pudge"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 56:15

    Carlton Fisk hit one of baseball's most legendary home runs, but his long career was much more than that. Doug Wilson joins us to discuss the hard-nosed catcher who became a star in his native New England before an acrimonious split with the Red Sox led him to Chicago's South Side. Along the way, he became one of baseball's most respected — and hated — players. Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 293: "Singled Out"

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 64:35

    In a little more than a decade, Glenn Burke went from starting in the World Series to living on the streets of San Francisco, addicted  to drugs and suffering from the disease that would eventually kill him. But Burke's role as the first openly gay player in MLB — and the inventor of the high five — has ensured his legacy will live on. Author Andrew Maraniss joins us to discuss the remarkable life and tragic death of a baseball pioneer. Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 292: "Ken Williams"

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 57:27

    For a period in the early 1920s, Ken Williams rivaled Babe Ruth as the top slugger in baseball — kind of.  Author Dave Heller returns to the podcast to talk about the brief but memorable career of the St. Louis Browns star who became MLB's first 30-30 man and ignited a Hall of Fame debate that continues to this day. Patreon: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 291: "Playing with the Enemy"

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 44:55

    Gene Moore was a teenage baseball phenom with big league dreams before World War II derailed his plans. But when his second chance came along years later, he wasn't sure he wanted to take it. Author Gary W. Moore (Gene's son) joins us to discuss the story of one man's hopes and disappointments amid the bloodiest conflict of the 20th century.  Patreon: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 290: "The Last Boy"

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 62:03

    "Don't be like me," Mickey Mantle told the world toward the end of his life. Emerging from a troubled childhood in Oklahoma, the Mick became baseball's biggest star under the bright lights of New York. But alcoholism and other personal demons trailed him throughout his life, overshadowing his prodigious home runs and World Series rings. Acclaimed author Jane Leavy returns to the podcast to discuss her biography of Yankee legend. Patreon: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 289: "Just Like Me"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 47:15

    Even the pros were once kids on the sandlot. Author Kelly G. Park talked to 18 former ballplayers about their experiences playing youth baseball. He joins us to discuss what he learned from his interviews with Boog Powell, Lou Piniella, Lou Whitaker, Fergie Jenkins and many others. Park's website: www.justlikemethebook.com Patreon: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore    

    Episode 288: "The New York Mets in Popular Culture"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 50:49

    From "The Odd Couple" to "City Slickers" to "The West Wing," the Amazin' Mets have been at the center of pop culture. Author David Krell joins us to discuss Dave Kingman, Casey Stengel, the Beatles' legendary Shea Stadium concert and more. Patreon: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 288: "Zack Wheat"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2021 43:48

    Zack Wheat was among the greatest players in the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers, one of baseball's most storied teams. So why has the Hall of Fame outfielder been largely forgotten? Author Jon Niese joins us to discuss the life and career of the hard-hitting lefty. Support Baseball by the Book on Patreon: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook  

    Episode 286: "Where Nobody Knows Your Name"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2020 50:04

    Triple-A baseball. So close the Show, yet so far away. Best-selling author John Feinstein spent the 2012 season traveling to Durham, Pawtucket, Lehigh Vally, Norfolk and points in between to tell the story of a group of men living on the cusp of a dream. Feinstein joins us to discuss former World Series hero Scott Podsednik; veteran manager Charlie Montoya; career minor leaguer Jon Lindsey; one-time All-Star Nate McLouth and more.  Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Buy Baseball by the Book merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore    

    Episode 285: "Tom Seaver"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 59:03

    For generations of fans, Tom Seaver was the Mets: A charismatic superstar pitcher who led the franchise to the heights of glory. Despite that, the Hall of Famer had a strained relationship with the team that twice let him go under controversial circumstances. Veteran journalist Bill Madden joins us to discuss the remarkable life of the man called Tom Terrific.  Support Baseball by the Book at www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Buy merchandise at www.teespring.com/store/baseballbythebookstore  

    Episode 284: "The Baseball Talmud"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 55:17

    Sandy Koufax or Hank Greenberg? Or maybe Lou Boudreau? It's a special Hanukkah episode as author Howard Megdal joins us to debate the greatest Jewish baseball players of all time, from Lip Pike to Alex Bregman. Find out why Ryan Braun has hurt his standing, why Rod Carew doesn't make the list and why one former player belongs in the International Clown Hall of Fame. Patreon: www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook Merchandise: www.teespring.com/stores/baseballbythebookstore    

    Episode 283: "Havana Hardball"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2020 46:40

    In February 1947, as the Cuban League pennant race culminated in a dramatic showdown between bitter rivals Almendares and Habana, Brooklyn Dodgers minor leaguer Jackie Robinson arrived on the island with his teammates for spring training. César Brioso joins us to discuss the remarkable confluence of historic events in baseball-mad Old Havana.  Support Baseball by the Book at www.Patreon.com/baseballbythebook 

    Episode 282: "We Played the Game"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2020 59:07

    Inspired by "The Glory of Their Times," Danny Peary spent two years in the early 1990s traveling the country searching for retired baseball players. The result was a massive oral history featuring interviews with 65 former stars, journeymen and bench warmers from "Baseball's Greatest Era, 1947-1964." Peary joins us to discuss his classic book. Support Baseball by the Book at www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook. 

    Episode 281: "Negro Leaguers and the Hall of Fame"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2020 56:09

    Dick Lundy. Chino Smith. Cannonball Redding. These men are among the greatest baseball players who ever lived, author Steven Greenes says, yet they are not in the Hall of Fame. Using newly discovered statistics and long-forgotten expert polls, Greenes makes the case that these three and 21 other pre-integration Black players belong in Cooperstown.  Support Baseball by the Book at www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook.  

    Episode 280: "A Year of Playing Catch"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2020 51:23

    Every day for a year, Ethan Bryan played catch. Along the way, he met former big leaguers, inspirational children, international stars and everyday Joes. The author joins us to discuss what he learned from a journey that took him to an Iowa cornfield, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and countless places in-between. Support Baseball by the Book at www.patreon.com/baseballbythebook.       

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