Decades before Jackie Robinson’s historic achievements, Bud Fowler became the first African-American professional baseball player. Fowler grew up in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the village recently held a ceremony honoring him. David Sommerstein of North Country Public Radio was there.
It was a record-setting day at Coors Field on Tuesday as the Rockies took on the Braves under the chilliest conditions ever recorded in Major League Baseball. But did the weather give Colorado a home-field advantage? The Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders talks with Bill Littlefield.
Former All-Star Mike Piazza retired in 2007 after smacking 427 home runs, tops of any catcher in MLB history. But his athletic career isn’t over. Piazza will make an appearance with the Miami City Ballet.
Baseball is no longer the National Pastime, at least as measured by number of TV viewers per game. But according to Bill Littlefield, it still offers spectators an opportunity to participate that football and basketball can’t match.
In his new book “Baseball’s Last Great Scout,” Dan Austin tells the story of Hugh Alexander, who became a scout at age 20 after losing his hand in an accident.
While in Boston, Theo Epstein guided the Red Sox to a pair of World Series titles. Now he’s hoping to break another curse with the Chicago Cubs, but it might take some time.
Playing in the minor leagues prepared Jasha Balcom for the role of a lifetime: a stunt double in the new film about Jackie Robinson. Balcom tells Bill Littlefield what it was like to don Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers uniform.
In his new book “Mr. Wrigley’s Ball Club,” Roberts Ehrgott tells the wild history of the Chicago Cubs during the 1920s. Ehrgott joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the Cubs and his book.
It’s been 40 years since the American League instituted the designated hitter rule. Bill Littlefield takes a look back, with thoughts from Hall of Fame DH Orlando Cepeda and Ron Blomberg, the very first to play the position.
Who are baseball’s biggest anti-heroes of all time? Filip Bondy seeks to answer this question in his book “Who’s on Worst.”