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The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

The Infinite Inning Steven Goldman

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    • 4.8 • 180 Ratings

The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    Infinite Inning 206: Killer at the Polo Grounds and Other Tales

    Infinite Inning 206: Killer at the Polo Grounds and Other Tales

    Cliff Corcoran talks hot stove baseball and ice cream in plastic batting helmets. Plus tales: The thief who just had to go to the Dodgers-Giants game and current Hall of Fame candidate/long-neglected pitcher Cannonball Dick Redding and his times.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Killer at the Polo Grounds*Cannonball Dick Redding’s America*Cliff Corcoran: The Browns’ Brownie’s Brownie Sundae*Carvel and the Ground Round*Staring at Big-Little Books and the Impenetrability of Nostalgia*Proust’s Baseball Cards*The Braves as Championship Team*Do You Miss Starting Pitchers?*Rules Changes Around Pitchers*Danny Murtaugh, Un-Manager*A Pitching Rules Proposal*Pitch Counts and Long Innings*Joey Gathright vs. Felix Pie and the Not-Stove League*Playing the Texas Rangers Speculation Game*Some Hot Stove and Sonny & Cher Talk*Goodbyes.

    The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    • 2 hr 14 min
    Infinite Inning 205: The Body of an American Scout

    Infinite Inning 205: The Body of an American Scout

    Lincoln Michel talks his science-fiction/noir/baseball novel THE BODY SCOUT. Plus tales: An umpire does something unforgivable to a great pitcher and the players vs. teams in the Hall of Fame.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Dolf Luque, Bill Klem, and the Very Bad Word*Buster Posey and the Hall of Fame*Lincoln Michael: An Idea on Every Page*Context and Electric Forks*It Would Happen to the Mets*Philosophical Neanderthals*Science Fiction, Body, Horror, and PED-Era Baseball Taken to the Logical Extreme*Ham Fighters vs. Ham-Fighters*Animating Play-by-Play (and Sex)*Plot!*Apocalyptic Realism*Short Story Market ‘21*Rounded Characters in Science-Fiction?*Asimov vs. Bradbury*Will there be a Body Scout Sequel?*Goodbyes.

    The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Infinite Inning 204: Prejudices Chapter One-Million

    Infinite Inning 204: Prejudices Chapter One-Million

    Gabrielle Starr (Fansided) discusses the Red Sox fall out of the playoffs, the hazards of being a female in sports online, and rails against analytics. Plus tales: Charlie Morton isn’t the first pitcher throw with a broken leg and the tomahawk chop is once again placed in its sad and objectionable context.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Bobo Newsom and Charlie Morton*The Tomahawk Chop Revisited*Gabrielle Starr: Fenway Park Downfall*Yankees and Red Sox Fans* Fans Cross the Line*“I’m Wrong Because of My Gender”*A-Rod at the Game*Kiké Hernandez*Manager vs. Front Office*Analytics and the Tesla Analogy*“Braining People Out of Baseball”*Gambling Content*The Red Sox and Family*Goodbyes.

    The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    • 2 hr 1 min
    Infinite Inning 203: Why Are Those People in the Outfield

    Infinite Inning 203: Why Are Those People in the Outfield

    Hall of Fame senior curator Tom Shieber, co-author of Picturing America’s Pastime, talks about great images of the game as art and as documentary. Plus tales: Bobby Grich feels provoked and responds in kind, the Phillies achieve “a truly elite system” with mixed results.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    The Bobby Grich Method of Anger Management*When the Phillies Actually Rebuilt*Tom Shieber: You’ll Believe Johnny Bench Can Fly!*Inferring Biography from Photos*Preservation (and Lew Fonseca)*No Buzz Arlett Bat*The Secret Casey Stengel Photo*How is PICTURING AMERICA’S PASTIME Different?*The Conlon Photos*Strangeness at the All-American Girls Game (What Are These People Doing in the Outfield?) and Other Hard-to-Explain Artefacts*Remember the Baseball Team of the Maine*Posed Versus Candid Images (Ichiro and Blyleven)*The Secret Baseball Artefacts in Old Films (Baseball Movies vs. Baseball in Movies)*Frank Chance vs. Satan*The Help Desk*What’s Left to Be Discovered?*Babe Ruth at a Typewriter/Uncle Robbie on a Bicycle*Goodbyes.

    The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    • 2 hr 8 min
    Infinite Inning 202: Groucho Mans the Turnstiles

    Infinite Inning 202: Groucho Mans the Turnstiles

    Dan Taylor discusses Lights, Camera, Fastball, his new history of the Hollywood Stars baseball team. Plus tales of great Giants catchers of the distant past and George Steinbrenner fires a third-base coach because of a controversial playoff send.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Buck Ewing Would Like a Word With You*George Steinbrenner’s Postseason Tantrum ‘80* Dan Taylor: The Hollywood Stars and the Studio Stars*Co-Starring William Frawley, Spencer Tracy, and More!*Respect for Joe E. Brown*Harry Ruby on the Field*Bob Cobb: More Than Just His Salad*The Stars Ally with Branch Rickey*The Virtues of Manager Fred Haney (in the Men’s Room?)*The Tragedy of Carlos Bernier*The Stars and Integration*Bobby Bragan and Jackie Robinson*Bragan and the Consecutive Pinch-Hitters*The Minor Leagues Today*Goodbyes.

    The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    • 2 hr 2 min
    Infinite Inning 201: Now We Can Solve All Our Differences

    Infinite Inning 201: Now We Can Solve All Our Differences

    Mike Ferrin, Kevin Goldstein, and Steven Goldman, once the hosts of Baseball Prospectus Radio on SiriusXM, reunite to discuss that Chicago vibe, awkward interviews, and debate just how the San Francisco Giants are doing it. Plus tales: A fringe player gets on the wrong train and the longest winning streak of all time amounts to nothing.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    The Fats Dantonio Story*The Big Streak*Mike Ferrin and Kevin Goldstein: Bob in Crisis*Two Eddie Vedder Stories?*Why is Chicago?*Cubs Attendance vs. White Sox Fans (“Trixies and Chads”)*That Wrong Billy Interview*The Sad Gene Lamont Interview*Should Players Have to Talk to the Media?*Mike Zunino, Third-Overall Pick*Reverse-Engineering the San Francisco Giants*Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Border*Will We Have Labor Peace?*Goodbyes.

    The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

    • 2 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

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180 Ratings

180 Ratings

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The Infinite Inning is always a compelling, fantastic, and thought-provoking listen about life and baseball. I eagerly look forward to the show every week for its deep dive into Baseball history, current events, and the impact on life of it all. 5 stars!

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