99 episodes

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

Baseball by the Book Justin McGuire

    • Sports
    • 4.8 • 628 Ratings

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

    Episode 335: "Baseball: The Turbulent Midcentury Years"

    Episode 335: "Baseball: The Turbulent Midcentury Years"

    Author Steve Gietschier joins us to discuss his new book chronicling baseball history from the 1930s to the 1950s. We discuss how MLB survived the Depression, the rise of the radio, World War II, the end of the color barrier and arrival of big league baseball in California. 

    • 48 min
    Episode 334: "Why We Love Baseball"

    Episode 334: "Why We Love Baseball"

    Award-winning author Joe Posnanski returns to the podcast to talk about 50 moments (and more) that tell the story of baseball history and why the sport means so much to so many. 

    • 46 min
    Episode 333: "The One Hundred Most Important Players in Baseball History"

    Episode 333: "The One Hundred Most Important Players in Baseball History"

    Nobody doubts Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente are among the most important baseball players ever. But Dorothy Kamanshek? Dolf Luque? Masanori Murakami? 
    Author Lincoln Mitchell joins us to discuss how his selection of  important baseball players differs from other such lists — and why so many Giants make the cut. 

    • 49 min
    Episode 332: "Tales from the Dugout"

    Episode 332: "Tales from the Dugout"

    Tim Hagety, broadcaster for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, takes us on a journey through 1,001 of the zaniest moments in minor league baseball history. Along the way, we'll meet wild bulls, sprinting weiner dogs, greased pigs and pitchers locked in bathrooms.  

    • 38 min
    Episode 331: "Suds Series"

    Episode 331: "Suds Series"

    Rickey Henderson stole 130 bases. Cal Ripken Jr.'s legendary streak began, although no one knew it at the time. The Big Red Machine broke down as the Cincinnati Reds hit rock bottom while Steve Garvey and Tommy Lasorda found themselves immersed in controversy. And George Steinbrenner fired his manager — twice. At the end of it all, Whitey Herzog's speedy St. Louis Cardinals took on Harvey Keuenn's hard-hitting Milwaukee Brewers in a classic World Series.
    J. Daniel joins us to discuss the memorable 1982 baseball season. 

    • 50 min
    Episode 330: "Welcome to the Circus of Baseball"

    Episode 330: "Welcome to the Circus of Baseball"

    Ryan McGee spent the summer of 1994 working as a $100-a-week intern for the Class-A Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League. Three decades later, McGee —now a senior writer for ESPN — has written a memoir about his misadentures in the low minor leagues. He tells us why he loves Asheville's historic McCormick Field, recounts how he witnessed a comical on-field brawl and explains how he knows what it was like to kiss Elvis. 

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
628 Ratings

628 Ratings

Indy Viewer ,


This is an excellent, excellent podcast full of interesting, insightful interviews with authors of baseball books. For anyone who is interested in baseball history or just a casual do not miss this podcast!!

Kevin D. McCann ,

Great Podcast!

I thoroughly enjoy listening to Justin’s interviews with baseball book authors. He does an excellent job. Keep up the great work!

Walter 1971 ,

Such an awesome Podcast

First of all, I never knew this many baseball books existed and I am a well read baseball fanatic. Secondly, these interviews are so intelligently put together that the listener is able to really get a full feel of the subject matter. Finally, Please listen to this pod so he keeps making more episodes. I can only go back so far to listen to older episodes. New content is a must.

One of my favorite podcasts for sure.

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