99 episodes

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

Baseball by the Book Justin McGuire

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    • 4.8 • 591 Ratings

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

    Episode 314: "Forty Years a Giant"

    Episode 314: "Forty Years a Giant"

    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. 

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

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

    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.

    • 44 min
    Episode 312: "Double Plays and Double Crosses"

    Episode 312: "Double Plays and Double Crosses"

    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.

    • 51 min
    Episode 311: "Walter Alston"

    Episode 311: "Walter Alston"

    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. 

    • 53 min
    Episode 310: "1962"

    Episode 310: "1962"

    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.
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    • 47 min
    Episode 309: "The Giants and Their City"

    Episode 309: "The Giants and Their City"

    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. 
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
591 Ratings

591 Ratings

rrshlk ,

Listening to them all

These are like baseball history lessons, with a lot of fun thrown in. I look forward to each new episode.

Mike Pugliese ,

LOVE IT

BOUGHT SO MANY BOOKS AFTER LISTENING TO THE POD. GREAT INFO AND LOOK FORWARD TO LISTENING TO BOTH OLD AND NEW SHOWS

6Spanns ,

Big fan

I just found this recently and I have become a big fan in a short amount of time. I listen to one episode on the way to work and another on the way home. Justin is an astute host and interviewer and the writers never disappoint.

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