Reading Baseball A series of original essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, Editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader and author of Extra Innings: Writing on Baseball. New episodes on alternate Fridays during the baseball season.
Reading Baseball

Reading Baseball

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A series of original essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, Editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader and author of Extra Innings: Writing on Baseball. New episodes on alternate Fridays during the baseball season.More from Reading Baseball »

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Reading Baseball: SIU Press

The Southern Illinois University Press is struggling financially and a committee is currently studying the best way for the press to move forward, if at all. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about how a baseball series at the SIU Press many years ago helped bolster its reputation across the country.

Reading Baseball: Willie Stargell and The Vietnam War

The first half of Ken Burns' 10-part PBS series on the Vietnam War aired September 17-21 on WSIU-Television. The second half of the series will begin on September 24. In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about how a trip to Vietnam during the war changed the life of a future Major League Hall of Famer.

Reading Baseball: Little League Classic

Major League Baseball took a step last month to reach out to young people with a big league game called the Little League Classic. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson fondly remembers his days as a youth when going to Forbes Field in Pittsburgh was an all-day adventure.

Pete Peterson: Last Marathon?

Retired SIU-Carbondale English professor and WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson is an avid runner. In this special commentary, Pete tells us why his family is starting to wonder if the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon was his last.

Reading Baseball: Baseball and an Eclipse

You may have heard something about a Total Solar Eclipse in the area on August 21st. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says there is actually a novel that includes a story of an eclipse and America's pastime.

Reading Baseball: Frank DeFord

Pete Peterson has produced essays and commentaries for WSIU Radio for more than 13 years now. In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete remembers legendary sportswriter Frank DeFord, who passed away recently after creating decades of material on NPR and other outlets.

Reading Baseball: Lifesaving Umpire

You may have heard the story recently about a Major League Baseball umpire saving a woman who apparently was about to jump off a bridge in Pittsburgh. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about the city's history of bridge jumpers and how this lifesaving move has a deeper meaning. Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the co-author, with his son, Stephen, of The Slide: Leyland, Bonds and the Star-Crossed Pittsburgh Pirates , and the editor of The St. Louis Baseball Reader .

Reading Baseball: World War I

The United States entered World War I one hundred years ago. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks at how the First World War affected America's pastime. Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, co-author, with his son Stephen, of The Slide: Leyland, Bonds and the Star-Crossed Pittsburgh Pirates and editor of The St. Louis Baseball Reader.

Reading Baseball: Father's Day

Sunday is Father's Day. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says baseball is a great way to connect fathers and sons, whether it's on the diamond or in literature.

Reading Baseball: Baseball Goes to the Opera

Baseball and opera may not seem like a match made in heaven, but there are instances where the two make a good combination. In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about two baseball operas, including one he saw for himself.

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