Baseball

Commentary & Opinion
12:58 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Herbert London: Starting Over

Dr. Herbert London

The baseball gods regard spring training as a time of renewal. There aren’t any losses. All teams have the same record and players abound in hope for the future. Young pitchers are promising and Las Vegas odds are meaningless. Baseball heaven has angels dancing over the outfield.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri March 8, 2013

"Hank Greenberg" by John Rosengren

    Baseball in the 1930s was more than a national pastime; it was a cultural touchstone that galvanized communities and gave a struggling country its heroes despite the woes of the Depression. Hank Greenberg, one of the most exciting sluggers in baseball history, gave the people of Detroit a reason to be proud.

But America was facing more than economic hardship. With the Nazis gaining power across Europe, political and social tensions were approaching a boiling point. As one of the few Jewish athletes competing nationally, Greenberg became not only an iconic ball player, but also an important and sometimes controversial symbol of Jewish identity and the American immigrant experience.

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The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:11 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Question of the Day - Peformance Enhancing Drugs?

In the wake of Lance Armstrong’s mea culpa that he took performance enhancing drugs – and the recent Baseball Hall of Fame vote (where NOBODY got in) – we ask you: Does it matter to you if athletes use performance enhancing drugs?

Sports
5:55 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Major League Baseball Enacts Anti-Doping Policies

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 8:35 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Major League Baseball has enacted new anti-doping policies that are being described as unprecedented in American professional sports. Yesterday, Major League Baseball and its Players Union said that starting next year they will be fighting the use of human growth hormone and testosterone - two allegedly popular banned substances.

NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman has been covering this story. Tom, good morning.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.

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Sports
3:28 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Baseball Will Test For Human Growth Hormone During Season

Major League baseball will begin random regular-season blood tests for human growth hormone, seen here in an injector pen holding about one week's worth of HGH doses at the clinic of Dr. Mark Molitch of Northwestern University.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 6:47 am

Major League Baseball will expand its effort to fight performance enhancing drugs to include random blood tests for human growth hormone and other substances during the regular season, under the terms of an agreement with the players union that was first reported by

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Pride & Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience at the Poughkeepsie Public Library

The exhibit Pride & Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience opens tomorrow at the Poughkeepsie Public Library.

This nationally touring exhibition, which chronicles the remarkable history of baseball’s Negro leagues and the challenges and successes of African-American baseball players, opens today in Library’s Rotunda area.

An accompanying program series features lectures that relate the history of pre-integration baseball and the days leading to Jackie Robinson’s efforts to break the color barrier in America’s national pastime.

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The Roundtable
9:51 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Daniel Levitt on the upstart Major League that counted

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Daniel Levitt, author of The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and its Legacy.

The Roundtable
11:41 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Baseball's crazy train rolls on in Ozzie's School of Management

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Morrissey, author of Ozzie’s School of Management: Lessons From the Dugout, The Clubhouse, And the Doghouse.

The Roundtable
10:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Kernan: Yankees might not be Girardi's dream job

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with New York Post columnist Kevin Kernan, author of Girardi: Passion in Pinstripes.

Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Baseball : 6/19/12

We're talking baseball on this edition of Vox Pop. WAMC's Ray Graf joins WAMC's Alan Chartock to talk standings, stats, steroids and R.A. Dickey.

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