Pete Peterson

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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.

Major League Baseball is looking into taking steps to speed up the pace of the game.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says baseball doesn't have to look any further than softball to find ways to shorten the length of games.

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For the first time since 1909, the Chicago Cubs enter a Major League Baseball season as the defending champions.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says history shows Cubs fans shouldn't get too excited about a repeat.

The Cubs open defense of their World Series title Sunday, April 2 in St. Louis.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.

 

Reading Baseball's Pete Peterson celebrates Women's History Month by highlighting sportswriter Claire Smith.

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Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro passed away in November at the age of 90.

Like many of his countrymen and women, Castro loved baseball and by some accounts almost became a professional ballplayer in the U.S.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about how some of Castro's baseball exploits are the subject of great debate.

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Tis the season for gift-giving and celebrating with family and friends.

In this holiday edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson has some ideas on what gifts NOT to give.

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The Chicago Cubs are one step away from their first World Series appearance since 1945.

But, in this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how a short story warns a Cubs pennant could mean bad things for all of us.

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The Major League Baseball fall classic is referred to as the World Series, even though the teams competing for it all hail from North America.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks at a true World Series, in which youngsters from around the globe compete to be the best.

The Chicago Cubs are favorites to win their first World Series championship since 1908.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how the Fall Classic came about, just a few years before the Cubs last title.

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Deanna Price made Salukis everywhere proud with her performance at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson takes a look at an unknown force Price was up against in her attempt to bring home the gold.


Memory makes us. If we couldn't recall the who, what, where, and when of our everyday lives, we would never be able to function.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about the time he went in search of a baseball memory and was surprised to learn how his recollection differed from documented history.
 


Injuries are an inherent risk of athletic competition.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson remembers his scars of yesteryear.


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Racism is a hot topic in the United States.

Jackie Robinson made history in 1947 when he broke baseball's color barrier. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about a man, who was a good ballplayer in his day, but is remembered more for his hatred of Robinson.


As the Major League Baseball season starts up again following the All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs are one of the favorites to reach the World Series.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson remembers the last time the Cubs were in the Fall Classic... over 70 years ago.


The National Hockey League champions this season reside in Pittsburgh.

In this special commentary, Pittsburgh native Pete Peterson talks about his life as a hockey fan, long before the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Penguins ever existed.

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The recent death of Muhammad Ali - who some consider the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century - showed how the former boxing champion overcame the controversies of his past to become a beloved figure across the world.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks at how Ali and baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente helped him overcome his own racial intolerance by being more than the sum of their athletic gifts.
 

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Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.
 

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.
 

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Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.
 

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.
 

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Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.
 

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.

You can check out an archive of Reading Baseball commentaries on our website .
 

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Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.
 

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Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.
 

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Pope Francis' recent trip to the United States captured the hearts and minds of many Americans.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson lays out the case why he thinks the avid soccer fan from South America may also enjoy our national pastime.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.

 

When baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra passed away last month, there were plenty of stories remembering him as a beloved figure beyond the diamond.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says while those stories are true, he would have enjoyed hearing more about the side of Berra that helped him be a part of ten World Series championship teams.

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Reading Baseball Commentator Pete Peterson remembers Ray Chapman.

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In a region filled with fans of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox fans often feel left out. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson gives some love to the South Siders with a brief history of the White Sox franchise.

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People in baseball used to rely primarily on gut feelings and instincts to prepare for their opponents.
But, in this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson explains how analytics have taken over America's pastime and made computer experts a big part of the strategy in today's game.
 

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.
 

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