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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.



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Reading Baseball: BicentennialReading Baseball: Bicentennial

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000

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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Reading Baseball: The Stratton StoryReading Baseball: The Stratton Story

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:57:00 +0000

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us why he thinks a baseball film from nearly 70 years ago should've been included on Illinois' bicentennial list of all-time great movies.


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Reading Baseball: SIU PressReading Baseball: SIU Press

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:37:02 +0000

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.


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Reading Baseball: Willie Stargell and The Vietnam WarReading Baseball: Willie Stargell and The Vietnam War

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:45:00 +0000

The first half of Ken Burns' 10-part PBS series on the Vietnam War aired September 17-21 on WSIU-Television. The second half of the series will begin on September 24. In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about how a trip to Vietnam during the war changed the life of a future Major League Hall of Famer.


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Reading Baseball: Little League ClassicReading Baseball: Little League Classic

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:49:00 +0000

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.


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Pete Peterson: Last Marathon?Pete Peterson: Last Marathon?

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 12:54:36 +0000

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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Reading Baseball: Baseball and an EclipseReading Baseball: Baseball and an Eclipse

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:31:17 +0000

You may have heard something about a Total Solar Eclipse in the area on August 21st. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says there is actually a novel that includes a story of an eclipse and America's pastime.


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Reading Baseball: Frank DeFordReading Baseball: Frank DeFord

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:50:00 +0000

Pete Peterson has produced essays and commentaries for WSIU Radio for more than 13 years now. In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete remembers legendary sportswriter Frank DeFord, who passed away recently after creating decades of material on NPR and other outlets.


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Reading Baseball: Lifesaving UmpireReading Baseball: Lifesaving Umpire

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:46:00 +0000

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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Reading Baseball: World War IReading Baseball: World War I

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:04:00 +0000

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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Reading Baseball: Father's DayReading Baseball: Father's Day

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:49:30 +0000

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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Reading Baseball: Baseball Goes to the OperaReading Baseball: Baseball Goes to the Opera

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:05:00 +0000

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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Reading Baseball: St. Louis' Best PitchersReading Baseball: St. Louis' Best Pitchers

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:00:54 +0000

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.


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Reading Baseball: Softball Could Help Speed Up BaseballReading Baseball: Softball Could Help Speed Up Baseball

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:25:00 +0000

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.


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Reading Baseball: Claire SmithReading Baseball: Claire Smith

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:44:00 +0000

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


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Reading Baseball: 250th EditionReading Baseball: 250th Edition

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:18:47 +0000

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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Reading Baseball: Gifts NOT To GiveReading Baseball: Gifts NOT To Give

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:12:16 +0000

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.


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Reading Baseball: Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and CultureReading Baseball: Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:03:00 +0000

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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Reading Baseball: 1st World SeriesReading Baseball: 1st World Series

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:45:00 +0000

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.


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