Reading Baseball

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Reading Baseball is a WSIU Radio original series of baseball essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, editor of the St. Louis Baseball Reader and author of Growing Up With Clemente and the upcoming Pops: The Willie Stargell Story.

Baseball is back with a late July start date in the works.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of the 2020 baseball season, you may have forgotten about the dark cloud hanging over the game with the cheating scandal involving the Houston Astros’ 2017 championship season.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks at how cheating and stealing are part of the game, except when they cross the line.

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Baseball fans in the Pittsburgh area who don't already know what a Saluki is are about to find out as former SIU baseball player Derek Shelton will be the manager of the Pirates in 2020.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, retired SIU professor and Pittsburgh native Pete Peterson takes a look at how Shelton went from Carbondale to a major league managerial position.

Reading Baseball: Mr. 300

Dec 20, 2019
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Pete Peterson has been entertaining and informing us with his Reading Baseball essays and commentaries for nearly 16 years.

This latest edition is a milestone for the series.

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MLB

Thanksgiving is November 28. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson has his version of a baseball Thanksgiving feast.|

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MLB

Thanksgiving is November 28. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson has his version of a baseball Thanksgiving feast.|

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Fox Sports

A discussion about the greatest controversy in World Series history would undoubtedly produce a number of opinions.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson explains how a controversial play in the 2019 Fall Classic got him thinking about another controversy nearly a century ago.

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The World Series is underway. If the best of seven series goes the distance, it will end the day before Halloween.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson has a fun look at some of the scariest player and team nicknames in baseball history.

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Major League Baseball players rarely play their entire career with the same team, even the best of the best.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson takes a look at how fans often have their hearts broken when their favorite players end up on a different team.

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Baseball Hall of Fame

Over a quarter of the players in Major League Baseball are of Latino descent.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson highlights some of the 14 Latino players in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Polish-Americans have played an important role in the history of Major League Baseball. Pete Peterson takes a closer look in this edition of Reading Baseball.

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Nearly six million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about a new program where baseball helps those dealing with this type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.

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The recent release of the book  Southern Illinois University at 150 Years: Growth, Accomplishments and Challenges has unintentionally rekindled a look back at when the City of Pittsburgh lost its letter H.

Pittsburgh native and retired SIU professor Pete Peterson has more in this edition of Reading Baseball.

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Former Major League pitcher Jim Bouton passed away recently. In addition to his baseball career, Bouton was a best–selling author, actor, activist, sportscaster and the creator of a bubble gum brand known as Big League Chew.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about the day he and Bouton were featured at an event in southern Illinois.

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Countless baseball fans may attend Major League games and never come close to taking home a baseball.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about a recent Cubs-Pirates game his family attended in which his young granddaughter went home with an embarrassment of riches.

This is the 100th anniversary of the Black Sox scandal. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson offers a rebuttal to a piece aired by some NPR stations that claims some of the assertions in Eight Men Out are myths.

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 the editor of The St. Louis Baseball Reader.

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What's in a name? Pete Peterson has his answer in this latest edition of Reading Baseball.

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WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson is about to run a half-marathon once again in Pittsburgh.

In this special commentary, Pete reflects on his first marathon in 2010 and the journey that's led him to run in his 10th and final one.

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WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson had a successful career as a professor at SIU-Carbondale, But, while growing up, he dreamed of playing professional baseball.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete tells us about getting paid -- in more ways than one -- to play softball during his college years.

Reading Baseball: Lost Ballparks

Mar 29, 2019
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The start of the Major League Baseball season is -- for some -- a sign that spring is finally here and a time for new beginnings.

But, in this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson takes some time to remember ballparks that are no longer in use.

Reading Baseball: Babe Ruth Books

Mar 15, 2019
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Amazon and University of Missouri Press

Over 100 years after he broke into Major League Baseball, Babe Ruth is still one of the most revered names in the history of the game.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson reviews two new books about the legendary figure.

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January 1969 turned out to be a momentous time for the SIU-Carbondale Department of English and for a future professor from western Pennsylvania.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about the golden anniversary of his first trip to southern Illinois.

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Christmas is coming, so that means it's time for Pete Peterson's annual holiday edition of Reading Baseball.

The self-proclaimed, fashion challenged retired SIU-Carbondale professor tells us about a certain piece of neckwear he's sure to get under his tree again this year.

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The 2018 World Series is underway featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox.

The City of Boston has enjoyed plenty of success with all four of its major professional sports teams having won championships in the past ten years. Pittsburgh enjoyed similar success four decades ago. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pittsburgh native Pete Peterson explains why a World Series win is more fulfilling for him than a Super Bowl title.

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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.

The organizers of Illinois' bicentennial celebration say it's a time to celebrate the state's influence on music, art, transportation, agriculture and more. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says it's also a good time to recognize the state's impact on sports writing, especially on America's national pastime.

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July 6 is the 85th anniversary of the very first Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson explains how a Chicago man thought of the idea as a way to help revive a struggling sport.

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Last month's royal wedding of Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle captured the attention of people across the world. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how the international event even had a connection related to arguably one of the greatest baseball teams in history.

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