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When I saw this segment pop up in my iTunes podcast list, I was surprised. Surprised that Leonard Lopate would want Lenny Dykstra on as a guest, and surprised that Dykstra would appear. I do not know him at all other than  the profiles I’ve read about him but my impression is that he’s not […]

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Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding was the guest for Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me‘s Not My Job segment last week. So the writer thought it would be cute… PETER SAGAL: Second base is baseball, the great American pastime. SPALDING: Oh no. SAGAL: One of the worst baseball players ever was one Smead Jolley. Mr. Jolly was […]

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The Brian Lehrer Show conducted this great interview with former Mets pitcher and current TV broadcaster Ron Darling. Despite a number of sports media writers criticizing the way FOX handled its coverage, Darling would not pile on. But I appreciated his honesty as he spoke about the disappointment for himself and his booth-mates Keith Hernandez […]

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Another in a series of feeble attempts to catch up on older items. You will forgive the possible occasional duplication from previous entries. First off, well, this is kind of insulting to baseball and books. * Ed Lucas received a lot of attention for his recent memoir, and rightly so. I had a great conversation […]

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What becomes a legend most?

September 24, 2014

It’s a shame that Derek Jeter’s final days as a Yankee have to be enmeshed in this “debate” over his place in team and MLB history. When I first heard about Keith Olbermann’s “Jeter smackdown,” I thought, “there Keith  goes again, trying to show he’s the smartest guy in the room.” But after listening to […]

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Should have posted this earlier. Sorry. But if you’re in the area, Willie Randolph will be at the Yogi Berra Museum tonight for a program based on his new book, The Yankee Way: Playing, Coaching, and My Life in Baseball. Randolph was on a recent episode of The Leonard Lopate Show.  As you can imagine, […]

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Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me ran one of its “highlight shows” last week, including a “Not My Job” segment with Jim Bouton. Always a pleasure to hear him. It’s impossible for players to publish a book these days without a reference to Ball Four; Dirk Hayhurst — who is release his fourth title this spring […]

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I’m reading The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams for an upcoming review on Bookreporter.com. When I received the galleys, my first thought was similar to Rob Neyer’s, who noted in this post, “Hey, there’s another book about Ted Williams.” (Excerpt here. By the way, although I understand the title, it’s too similar to […]

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Maybe they should have used this on the “Not my job” segment, since Alex Rodriguez might be out of one soon. From last week’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me‘s “who’s Carl this time?” This was the last of the three quotes. CARL KASELL: I want to be a role model. PETER SAGAL: That was New […]

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Bits and pieces

October 2, 2012

♦  The Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel published this piece by Mark Souder, a former congressional representative, about his favorite White Sox books, including this year’s Paul Dickson contribution, Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick. ♦  Tony La Russa is making the rounds on his book tour. He was a recent guest on NPR’s The Leonard Lopate Show (which […]

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And the hits just keep coming. Recent author interviews on NPR programs include: This Q&A with Jim Bouton, was the guest for a segment on “‘Ball Four’: The Book That Changed Baseball,” from Northwest Public Radio (an NPR “double threat”). Hart Seely, author of The Juju Rules: Or, How to Win Ballgames from Your Couch: A […]

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No, the player born William Joseph Skowron was not Jewish, but there is a Jewish connection, no matter how tenuous. Skowron, a resident of Chicago, was a guest on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, the NPR news quiz show hosted by landsman Peter Sagal. Long story short, Skowron said some things that sounded so detailed […]

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The airwaves sure have been busy over the past few days. ♦ Jim Abbott (Imperfect: An Improbable Life) was a guest on yesterday’s Leonard Lopate Show. I find it interesting that the subtitle does not include “Baseball,” as in “An Improbable Baseball Life.” ♦ John Grisham, author of Calico Joe  was a guest on Only […]

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Dickey, the Mets knuckleballer, has been the guest on two NPR programs this week, Fresh Air (yesterday) and The Leonard Lopate Show (on Monday). And I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up on Only a Game at some point. I always find it interesting to hear the same author on multiple outlets: How do […]

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Combining two themes here to bring you some recent podcasts. * Craig Robinson, author of the new Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure (See all Humor Books), was on the July 19 edition of Slate’s Hang Up and Listen. There are several excellent questions about Robinson’s though processes as he comes up with […]

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On the most recent Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Peter Sagal played “Not My Job” with Iranian stand-up comic, Maz Jobrani. Here’s the slightly-edited transcript. SAGAL: Well welcome to the show, Maz. We have asked you here to play a game we’re calling? CARL KASELL, host: Here, let me open that bottle for you. Ugh, […]

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Peter Sagal, staunch Red Sox fan and host of NPR’s Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me, paid “tribute” to the late Yankee owner George Steinbrenner on his July 17 program. Herewith, a transcript of the segment from the “Who’s Carl this time” portion of the program: Sagal: Your last quote is from a man who was […]

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Brian Lehrer featured segments on both Yankee legends on recent shows. Bob Sheppard George Steinbrenner

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“Olney make believe…” Sorry, I can never keep that name straight. The natural tendency is to dyslex it into “only.” ESPN baseball writer/broadcaster Buster Olney was the guest on the latest Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me‘s “Not My Job” segment. I felt kind of badly for him. There was zero response to Peter Sagal’s introduction. […]

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Baseball is once again a art of the NPR syllabus. Steven Goldman and Jay Jafee of Baseball Prospectus made an appearance of The Brian Lehrer Show on April 2. The same day on Soundcheck, Jonathan Schaefer discussed the connection between baseball and music with Jeff Campbell, whose record label Hungry for Music releases compilations of […]

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