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 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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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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St. Louis baseball fans probably have a favorite pitcher over the long history of Major League Baseball in the city.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says you can't assume the greatest pitchers in St. Louis history played for the Cardinals.

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The Pittsburgh Marathon is this weekend.

Once again, WSIU's Reading Baseball contributor Pete Peterson will be taking part in the event's half marathon.

In this special commentary, Pete talks about getting more and more reminders about how unusual it is for a man of his "advanced" age to be running mile after mile.


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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