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If moments are fleeting, memories are permanent.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson put his memory to the test trying to remember details from the first Major League Baseball game he attended in person more than 70 years ago.

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

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Many Major League Baseball commentators believe the Pittsburgh Pirates – managed by former SIU Saluki Derek Shelton – are in for a long season.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says he feels for the 50-year-old Carbondale native, who suffered through a rough pandemic-shortened 2020 season in his first year at the helm of the Bucs.

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The Major League Baseball season is scheduled to start April 1.

When the pandemic forced baseball to delay the start of its 2020 season until July, fans weren’t allowed in the ballparks.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says that broke a streak for him dating back to the 1940’s.

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After COVID-19 shut down Major League Baseball’s spring training in 2020, teams are back at it again with the pandemic still impacting our lives.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks back at how World War II changed baseball’s spring training schedule and brought teams to our own backyard.

Commentary: The Black and White Dividing Line

Feb 26, 2021
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As Black History Month winds to a close, WSIU contributor Pete Peterson takes a personal look at the black and white racial dividing line in America.

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2020 was a year that many people want to forget – in large part thanks to a deadly pandemic – which killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks at how America’s pastime was not spared the suffering.

Christmas Day is just one week away and if you’re still searching for a special gift for the baseball fan on your list, Pete Peterson has a suggestion for you in his annual holiday edition of Reading Baseball.

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Longtime WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson and his son Stephen have collaborated on a new book. It’s entitled The Turnpike Rivalry: The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. WSIU's Brad Palmer talked with the two huge Pittsburgh sports fans about it.

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November is Native American Heritage Month.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson gives us a history lesson on the impact of Native Americans – who played in the major leagues dating back to the 19th century.

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The pandemic-shortened Major League Baseball season ended this week with the Los Angeles Dodgers claiming their first World Series championship since 1988.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says it was a tough season for baseball purists like himself.

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2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues.

People from the world of politics, professional athletics and entertainment tipped their caps this past summer to honor the players, many of whom were denied the hope of playing in the Major Leagues.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tips his cap to a mostly overlooked Negro League player who broke his own barriers in the game.

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Former SIU baseball player Derek Shelton just finished his first season as a major league manager.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says – unfortunately for him and Shelton – the season went about as he expected…a last place finish for his Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Marching Terriers

Much of the attention involving the cancellation or postponement of events at the high school and college levels has focused on sports. But, in this commentary, Pete Peterson reminds us not to forget about the band members and theater performers who are also being stymied by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Women playing professional baseball is almost unheard of. Just over 20 years ago, a California woman had a successful college baseball career and made it to the minor leagues.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson explains why he believes this remarkable woman should’ve been included on a list of the 100 most accomplished and influential women of the past century to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment.

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Since a young man named Abner Doubleday invented the game known as baseball in Cooperstown, New York during the summer of 1839, many youngsters have dreamed of growing up to play in the Major Leagues.

Pete Peterson was no different.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete tells us about an incident in his teenage years that literally shattered his dream of becoming a professional ballplayer.

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19 years ago a series of deadly terrorist attacks hit the east coast of the United States.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson remembers the day of the attack and the aftermath as he and his wife made their way to New York state.

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With the amplified call to remove racist references across the U.S. this summer, a recent column urged the Baseball Writers Association of America to rename an award for its industry that is connected to a man who opposed the integration of America’s pastime.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson suggests renaming the award after a man who dealt with segregation in his journalism career and went on to help African-American players overcome racial hatred and injustice.

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The Trump administration is now labeling teachers as essential workers. Some see it as a move to encourage school districts to open for in-person instruction for the fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson is a retired college professor, and his wife, Anita, is a retired elementary school teacher. Pete says – pandemic or not – teachers are always essential.

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A Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher threw a no-hitter 50 years ago, but it was what he said after the game that made headlines.

In this latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson remembers Dock Ellis, who had an outrageous personality and was outraged about racial injustice.

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The only Major League Baseball player to die from a pitch during a game lived in southern Illinois at the time.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson revisits the story of Ray Chapman on the 100th anniversary of what some refer to as baseball's greatest tragedy.

Commentary: Outrunning the Virus

Aug 7, 2020
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As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, more and more people are searching for ways to stay active -- in a socially distanced manner.

In this commentary, Pete Peterson explains why running can be the perfect sport for the pandemic and how serious runners are still competing virtually.

Reading Baseball: Antiques Roadshow

Jul 24, 2020
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Antiques Roadshow is a popular program on PBS.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about a special piece of baseball memorabilia he would like to get appraised on the show.

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American professional and collegiate sports are trying to return after having their seasons turned upside down during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In this commentary, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson looks at how over 100 years ago, the Spanish Flu forced baseball and college football to adjust their seasons to deal with the devastating impact of that pandemic.

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Like most other professional sports, baseball players are getting bigger and stronger.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson gives us a history lesson on how vertically-challenged ballplayers used to rule the game.

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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Athletes of all races are supporting the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping the United States.

Beyond that, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently released a video where he said the league was wrong for not listening to players sooner.

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Thursday was supposed to be one of the best days on the calendar for baseball fans, opening day for Major League Baseball.

Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down the sports world. It ended spring training a couple of weeks ago and has delayed the start of the regular season.

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

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