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Only a Game

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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National Pastime Radio

July 23, 2013

George Vecsey, author of Stan Musial: An American Life and Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game, among others, was the main guest on yesterday’s Brian Lehrer Show. You can listen to the segment below: * * * Frank “Tug” McGraw was the subject of the “Not My Job” segment on Wait Wait Don’t Tell […]

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Review roundup, June 10

June 10, 2013

John Sexton’s Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game picked up a couple of review recently including this one from the New York Law Journal and this one from The San Diego Union Tribune ran this about Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame. Believe it or not (and I’m guessing my […]

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‘Tis the season when authors start popping up on NP programs, and I hope to join their ranks this year. Mike Piazza was on Fresh Air last week to discuss his memoir, Long Shot. You can read/listen here. Robert Fitts, who was recently named winner of SABR’s prestigious Seymour Medal, was a guest on last […]

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Spanning the Globe

May 17, 2010

The Boston Globe has been active on the baseball review front of late. Bill Nowlin, author of several titles on the Red Sox, contributed this piece on Howard Bryant’s bio of Hank Aaron for today’s edition. Yesterday, Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game, considered two baseball titles — Cardboard Gods by Josh Wilker […]

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The most recent episode of Only a Game includes an interview with Peter Golenbock, author of George: The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built the Yankee Empire. You can hear the segment here.

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One source expected, the other more unusual. Pearlman, author of the scathing new Clemens biography, The Rocket Who Fell to Earth, was a guest on WBUR’s Only a Game this weekend. Just as players, I wonder if authors get tired of answering the same questions as they make the rounds. All part of doing business, […]

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* Authors being authors

March 16, 2009

This week’s Only a Game featured a Bill Littlefield interview with Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg, authors of Becoming Manny: Inside the Life of Baseball’s Most Enigmatic Slugger. This one is high on my “to read” pile as it seems to go beyond the standard player biography. The segment comes at the 21:58 mark, preceded […]

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* National Pastime Radio

June 25, 2008

On the June 21 edition of Only a Game, Bill Littlefield offered this interview with John Feinstein, author of Living on the Black. (Sorry, but you have to listen to the preceding stories before you get to the Feinstein segment.) Read an excerpt from Living on the Black. The Leonard Lopate Show of June 24 […]

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