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Episodes

Episode 160: "One Shot at Forever"

9/17/2018
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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.

Duration:00:43:48

Episode 159: "Reggie Jackson"

9/10/2018
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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.

Duration:00:49:00

Episode 158: "The Devil's Snake Curve"

9/6/2018
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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.

Duration:00:43:17

Episode 157: "Waiting for a Sign"

8/30/2018
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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.

Duration:00:50:41

Episode 156: "The Fight of Their Lives"

8/27/2018
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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.

Duration:00:37:53

Episode 155: "Warren Spahn"

8/23/2018
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Author Lew Freedman joins us to discuss the life and legacy of legendary lefty Warren Spahn, one of baseball's greatest pitchers.

Duration:00:48:28

Episode 154: "Rowdy Patsy Tebeau and the Cleveland Spiders"

8/20/2018
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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.

Duration:00:44:46

Episode 153: "Something Magic"

8/13/2018
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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.

Duration:00:54:36

Episode 152: "Astroball"

8/9/2018
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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.

Duration:00:45:07

Episode 151: "From the Dugouts to the Trenches"

8/6/2018
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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.

Duration:00:46:11

Episode 150: "The Comic Book Story of Baseball"

8/2/2018
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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.

Duration:00:40:04

Episode 149: "Baseball Pioneers"

7/26/2018
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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.

Duration:00:40:23

Episode 148: "The Presidents and the Pastime"

7/16/2018
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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.

Duration:00:48:08

Episode 147: "The Age of Ruth and Landis"

7/9/2018
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Author David George Surdam explains how Babe Ruth,Kenesaw Mountain Landis and others fueled a tumultuous but prosperous decade for the national pastime.

Duration:00:44:22

Episode 146: "Home of the Braves"

7/2/2018
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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.

Duration:00:44:06

Episode 145: "The Page Fence Giants"

6/25/2018
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Author Mitch Lutzke joins us to discuss a pioneering championship African-American baseball team that has been largely forgotten.

Duration:00:49:12

Episode 144: "Insight Pitch"

6/18/2018
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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.

Duration:00:48:53

Episode 143: "City of Dreams"

6/14/2018
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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.

Duration:00:43:33

Episode 142: "The Last Best League"

6/11/2018
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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.

Duration:00:45:26

Episode 141: "Breaking Babe Ruth"

6/7/2018
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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.

Duration:00:45:09