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The St. Louis Cardinals failed to make the playoffs this season, but maybe the franchise's biggest loss was when Red Schoendienst passed away in June after 67 years with the organization.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tell us about the unlikely way in which Schoendienst became the team's manager in the mid-1960's.

Reading Baseball: Philip Roth and Donald Hall

Sep 28, 2018

Baseball's familiarity makes it a great subject for American literature.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about two decorated, baseball-loving writers who passed away earlier this year.

Former St. Louis Cardinal and Los Angeles Dodger player Wally Moon passed away earlier this year. The Arkansas native took advantage of the oddly configured Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to hit dozens of home runs.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about how ballplayers at all levels are used to playing on uniquely shaped diamonds.

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Anyone can get caught up in the excitement of a Major League Baseball game.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about how his wife, Anita, let loose at a recent trip to a Pittsburgh Pirates game.

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WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson continues his series on the Illinois Bicentennial.

In this edition, Pete takes exception with some of the public's choices in a list of the state's top ten authors.

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The former sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, who's credited with creating the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also came up with the idea for another unique sports event. WSIU contributor Pete Peterson has the story.

You can also hear Pete deliver essays and commentaries throughout the year with his series Reading Baseball.

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A new PBS series highlights the power of reading through the prism of America's best-loved novels -- as chosen in a national survey.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson reviews the list and discusses why voters missed the boat by not including any books about America's national pastime.

Irish-born ballplayers have played a pivotal role in Major League Baseball since the sport's early days.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson -- who recently spoke about the Irish heritage in Pittsburgh's baseball history -- tells us about one former Pirates manager who may be underappreciated.

As Illinois celebrates its bicentennial year, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson looks back at the history of the state's professional hockey and basketball teams and the joy they have brought to fans, especially over the past three decades.

It's almost time for the 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.

For the 9th consecutive year, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson will be one of the thousands running through the streets of the Steel City. In this special commentary, Pete tells us why this year's marathon will be extra special.

Illinois' bicentennial year in 2018 features plenty of celebrations.

In this bicentennial edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson recounts how Chicago's two Major League Baseball teams dominated the early part of the 20th century and how a Chicago man helped save the game in the 19th century.

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Rivalries in sports can increase pressure on coaches and players, but they might be felt strongest by fans.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson - a Pittsburgh native - tells us why he hates the City of Brotherly Love's sports teams.

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Mamie Johnson died recently. Most people probably don't know why she is considered a pitching pioneer.

In his annual Black History Month essay, Pete Peterson tells us how Johnson - who wasn't allowed to play in a female professional baseball league - made her mark playing with men in the Negro Leagues.

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Illinois celebrates its bicentennial in 2018.

Although football has not been around quite that long, the state's  long and successful history on the gridiron started as early as the 19th century.

WSIU contributor Pete Peterson has more in this special report.

Reading Baseball: Christmas Edition

Dec 15, 2017

Another holiday gift-giving season is upon us.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about a book that could be perfect for a baseball fan on your shopping list.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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.


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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.

The Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture recently opened in Washington D.C.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about baseball's connection to the museum.

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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.

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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.


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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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