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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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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Reverend Clementa Pinckney was one of nine people killed in last month's mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Reading Baseball's Pete Peterson explains how Pinckney is connected to a baseball Hall of Famer and how the two men impacted people in similar ways.

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

 

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Reading Baseball's Pete Peterson takes a look back at the origin, and life, of baseball trading cards.

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There are high hopes for the Chicago Cubs as the 2015 Major League Baseball season gets ready to open.

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Pete Peterson's Reading Baseball essays usually focus on baseball.  But today the retired SIU English professor turns his attention to another one of his passions - running.

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A newspaper columnist in New York recently wrote a piece claiming St. Louis Cardinals fans were the least deserving of a World Series championship.  In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson takes a look at how the rest of the country views Cardinal Nation as baseball's new evil empire and who he blames for this change in perception.

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

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When World War I broke out 100 years ago, there was another war of sorts going on within the United States.

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A former pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs passed away recently without a lot of fanfare.

This week Pete Peterson celebrates the 200th edition of Reading Baseball.   The series of original sports essays and commentaries debuted on WSIU Radio in May 2004.

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A Japanese pitcher generated a lot of buzz on the internet recently when he threw a slow, arcing pitch that caught the batter by surprise.  In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about the history and name of this odd-looking pitch that dates back to the 1940's.
 
 

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

If you'd like your summer reading list to include books about baseball, you may be in luck.

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Major League Baseball's expanded use of instant replay is receiving mixed reviews during the first few weeks of the regular season. In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson examines whether television replays actually diminish the game's unique appeal.
 

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

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