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 pursuit of their 12th World Series Championship started with a hard-fought win over Pittsburgh in the National League Division Series.

The baseball cap is a recognized piece of a ballplayer's uniform.  It's also way for fans to show allegiance to their favorite teams.

A recent report suggests that sports fans tend to eat unhealthy foods after their favorite team loses.  In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson takes it a step further to explore how baseball fans' attitudes and behavior are shaped by their favorite team's performance.

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

The Southern

The Baseball Hall of Fame recently honored the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about his trip back to Cooperstown to talk about his book on Willie Stargell and a special memento he brought back from his visit.
 

You can read some of Pete's favorite Pirates' wives recipes here.

thetimes.co.uk

Sometimes the athletes we admire don't live up to our lofty expectations off the playing field... in his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about a recent book signing event where Pittsburgh Pirates legend Steve Blass proved why so many fans still love him.

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

Creative Commons

Baseball and the arts have a longstanding relationship. In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about his affinity for a musical that has been remade many times on both the stage and the screen.


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

Nearly 50 years ago, Little League officials decided to allow girls to play youth baseball.  In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson examines whether a girl will ever make it to the big leagues.

Pete Peterson

You can take the ballplayer out of the game, but it's much tougher to take the game out of the ballplayer.
In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how he yearns to step onto a diamond one more time, but how a recent trip to a batting cage reminded him that may not be such a good idea.

toledoblade.com

The Woman who shot a former Chicago Cubs player died late last year.  The incident inspired the novel and subsequent movie The Natural.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how the life of the shooting victim did not have a Hollywood ending.

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.

WSIU Radio's Reading Baseball host Pete Peterson is out with a new book about one of Pittsburgh's most beloved professional sports figures.

WSIU Radio's Brad Palmer sat down with Peterson to talk about his new book  Pops: The Willie Stargell Story.
 


Peterson signed copies of the book last weekend in Pittsburgh as part of the book launching.  Pops: The Willie Stargell Story is available at Barnes & Noble as well as on amazon.com.
 

Library of Congress

The biographical sports drama about the life of Jackie Robinson called  "42" is currently in movie theaters across the country.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson reviews the film and points out how it distorts baseball history in relation to the Pittsburgh Pirates and one of their former pitchers.
 


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

hunter.cuny.edu

A former English professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is hitting a home run as a novelist.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about Kent Haruf's latest literary work and the time they used to share on the softball fields of Carbondale.


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

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The Major League Baseball season opens in two days. In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson remembers attending his first baseball home opener in Pittsburgh and a special Bible that went along with the 1953 season.
 

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

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson reflects on the career of longtime hall of fame baseball broadcaster Joe Garagiola who recently announced his retirement after nearly 60-years in the booth.

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

CBS

St Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial passed away recently at the age of 92. In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us of an essay written about Musial almost 60-years ago that defined the character of the Hall of Famer in the midst of his long, illustrious career.

Reading Baseball is a series of original essays and commentaries by Richard "pete" Peterson, editor fo the St. Louis Baseball Reader and the author of Growing Up with Clemente and  Pops: The Willie Stargell Story, scheduled for publication in May.

Monday is the federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks back at how King's assassination in April 1968 impacted the start of the Major League Baseball season and how King influenced one of the game's greatest players years after his death.
 


Reading Baseball is a series of orignal essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader and the author of Growing Up With Clemente.
 

Before the leviathan of Black Friday there was a simpler time-honored tradition that ushered in the start of the holiday shopping season.  In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson takes us back to the days of his youth as a department store stock boy when he missed Thanksgiving diner to help prepare for the start of the Christmas Shopping season.

Reading Baseball is a series of original essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, editor of the St Louis Baseball Reader and author of Growing Up With Clemente.

MLB

The longstanding  tradition of baseball managers wearing uniforms still confounds some fans since coaches in other sports do not wear the same attire as their players.  In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson explains why managers wear uniforms and takes a look at the evolution of uniforms over the years.

Reading Baseball is a series of original essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader and the author of Growing Up With Clemente.

Major League Baseball has been around since 1869. Since then, there have been some really weird moments -- both on and off the field.  In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson takes a look at some of the game's greatest oddballs ever to put on a uniform.

Reading Baseball is a series of original essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader and the author of Growing Up With Clemente.

MGM

You may know Gene Kelly from his dancing and acting days mainly in the 1940's and 1950's... But in this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how Kelly's true passion centered on his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates. 

Reading Baseball is a series of original essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" peterson, editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader and the author of Growing Up With Clemente.

CNN

Most people are aware Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. But, in his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks at a part of Robinson's storied history you may not know much about.

Reading Baseball is a series of original essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader and the author of Growing Up With Clemente.

ESPN

Youth is being served quite well in Major League Baseball this season.  Two players, not even old enough to legally drink, played in the All Star game last month.  In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson takes a look back at some top young performers from big league rosters of the past.

Post-Gasette

Pete Peterson's beloved Pittsburgh Pirates haven't made the playoffs, or even had a winning season, in 20-years.  But this season the Pirates are contending for a playoff spot with just over 60-games remaining.  In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete tells us how this year's team is channeling the power of Zoltan.

Reading Baseball is a series of original essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader and the author of Growing Up With Clemente.

The Southern Illinoisan

New York Mets all-star pitcher R.A. Dickey's impressive first half to the Major League Baseball season is drawing a lot of attention because of his unique ability to control the knuckle ball. In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson takes a look back at the history of trick pitches.

Reading Baseball is a series of original essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader and author of Growing Up With Clemente.

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