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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.

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.

Reading Baseball's Pete Peterson celebrates Women's History Month by highlighting sportswriter Claire Smith.

Reading Baseball first aired on WSIU Radio in May 2004.

Pete Peterson looks back at what's happened in baseball and in his own life since then with his 250th edition of Reading Baseball.

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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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 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.

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.


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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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.

 

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

A national publication is out with its list of top ten nicknames in baseball history. In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson shares some of his favorites, including a group of St. Louis Cardinal players who made their mark about 80 years ago.
 

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

February is set aside to celebrate African American history and heritage.  Many say they hope each year's events prompt conversation and awareness.

Remembering Kent Haruf

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The Christmas holiday season is a time to spend with family and friends, but it can also be a time to remember the special people in our lives who we've lost.

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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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