Baseball is known as America’s game, but has it always been so? Bill speaks with Mitchell Nathanson, professor of legal writing at Villanova University School of Law, about his new book titled, “A People’s History of Baseball.”
Mark Titus never quite made it as a basketball player. He walked on for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but played in just 32 games, taking six shots in four seasons. He’s since found a second career as an author and blogger. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his book, “Don’t Put Me In, Coach”.
In 1934, a group of Major League Baseball players, Babe Ruth among them, went on a tour of Japan to serve as ambassadors for the United States and the game of baseball. Robert K. Fitts wrote a book about the tour titled ‘Banzai Babe Ruth’. Bill speaks with the author and shares his thoughts on the book.
Ciudad Juarez is one of the more dangerous places on the planet. There were 2000 murders in the city in 2009 alone. Robert Andrew Powell’s book, “This Love Is Not For Cowards,” focuses not on crime, but on a loyal group of fans that cling to a soccer team.
Dirk Hayhurst’s career as a Major League pitcher may not have been memorable – he pitched just 39 innings and allowed 25 runs. However, his career as an author looks promising. His first book, “The Bullpen Diaries,” was on the New York Times’ Bestseller list. This week, he joins Bill to discuss his newest book, “Out of My League.”
Jim Yardley spent a season on the bench with the Shanxi Brave Dragons, one of the worst clubs in Chinese pro basketball. Then he wrote a book about it. This week he joins Bill to discuss his book.
In his book “The Supreme Court and the NCAA,” law professor Brian Porto proposes changes Congress could make to reduce the commercialism of college sports. Bill Littlefield talked with Porto about his plan and the two court cases that reshaped collegiate athletics.
No, Wayne Gretzky isn’t dead just yet. Roy MacGregor was Gretzky’s ghost writer for the hockey legend’s newspaper column. MacGregor joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book.
When retired police officer Chris Garbarino found former football star Cookie Gilchrist on Facebook, he never expected the two of them to become close enough to describe each other as family. This week, Bill Littlefield talks to Garbarino about his relationship with the late Gilchrist and the book that the two wrote together, The Cookie That Did Not Crumble.
John Feinstein joins Bill to discuss his new book “One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game.”