Pete Peterson

Reading Baseball

Richard "Pete" Peterson is the creative force behind WSIU Radio's Reading Baseball Series.  Pete's original essays and commentaries are a regular staple for any fan of the game.

Originating in March of 2004, Reading Baseball is in its 10th season!  Pete is a Professor Emeritus of Southern Illinois University.  He is also the editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader, and the author of Growing Up With Clemente and  Pops: The Willie Stargell Story.

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The St. Louis Cardinals failed to make the playoffs this season, but maybe the franchise's biggest loss was when Red Schoendienst passed away in June after 67 years with the organization.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tell us about the unlikely way in which Schoendienst became the team's manager in the mid-1960's.

Former St. Louis Cardinal and Los Angeles Dodger player Wally Moon passed away earlier this year. The Arkansas native took advantage of the oddly configured Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to hit dozens of home runs.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about how ballplayers at all levels are used to playing on uniquely shaped diamonds.

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Anyone can get caught up in the excitement of a Major League Baseball game.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about how his wife, Anita, let loose at a recent trip to a Pittsburgh Pirates game.

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WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson continues his series on the Illinois Bicentennial.

In this edition, Pete takes exception with some of the public's choices in a list of the state's top ten authors.

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The former sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, who's credited with creating the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also came up with the idea for another unique sports event. WSIU contributor Pete Peterson has the story.

You can also hear Pete deliver essays and commentaries throughout the year with his series Reading Baseball.

The organizers of Illinois' bicentennial celebration say it's a time to celebrate the state's influence on music, art, transportation, agriculture and more. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says it's also a good time to recognize the state's impact on sports writing, especially on America's national pastime.

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July 6 is the 85th anniversary of the very first Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson explains how a Chicago man thought of the idea as a way to help revive a struggling sport.

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Last month's royal wedding of Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle captured the attention of people across the world. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how the international event even had a connection related to arguably one of the greatest baseball teams in history.

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A new PBS series highlights the power of reading through the prism of America's best-loved novels -- as chosen in a national survey.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson reviews the list and discusses why voters missed the boat by not including any books about America's national pastime.

Irish-born ballplayers have played a pivotal role in Major League Baseball since the sport's early days.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson -- who recently spoke about the Irish heritage in Pittsburgh's baseball history -- tells us about one former Pirates manager who may be underappreciated.

As Illinois celebrates its bicentennial year, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson looks back at the history of the state's professional hockey and basketball teams and the joy they have brought to fans, especially over the past three decades.

It's almost time for the 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.

For the 9th consecutive year, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson will be one of the thousands running through the streets of the Steel City. In this special commentary, Pete tells us why this year's marathon will be extra special.

Illinois' bicentennial year in 2018 features plenty of celebrations.

In this bicentennial edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson recounts how Chicago's two Major League Baseball teams dominated the early part of the 20th century and how a Chicago man helped save the game in the 19th century.

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The NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament is underway. This is the favorite time of year for college hoops fans.

To commemorate Illinois' bicentennial year, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson gives us a history lesson into the state's most notable teams of all time.

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Rivalries in sports can increase pressure on coaches and players, but they might be felt strongest by fans.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson - a Pittsburgh native - tells us why he hates the City of Brotherly Love's sports teams.

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Mamie Johnson died recently. Most people probably don't know why she is considered a pitching pioneer.

In his annual Black History Month essay, Pete Peterson tells us how Johnson - who wasn't allowed to play in a female professional baseball league - made her mark playing with men in the Negro Leagues.

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Illinois celebrates its bicentennial in 2018.

Although football has not been around quite that long, the state's  long and successful history on the gridiron started as early as the 19th century.

WSIU contributor Pete Peterson has more in this special report.

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The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced next week.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about the person who some consider the most despised member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The SIU Saluki men's basketball team will play in the Las Vegas Classic later this month.

One of its opponents, Duquesne, may be easy to overlook. But as WSIU's Pete Peterson tells us, the Dukes played a pivotal role at the collegiate and professional levels decades ago.

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The Houston Astros just won their first World Series championship, dethroning the defending champion Chicago Cubs.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how although the Cubs dominate the headlines in Chicago, it was the city's other team that gave its baseball fans their first World Series title at the beginning of the 20th century.

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For those of you adept at lip-reading, you probably notice Major League Baseball players can use crude language at times.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about his introduction to swearing in baseball at a very young age and how baseball still takes him back to the language of his upbringing.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.
 

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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.

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