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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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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