Our colleagues at NPR’s program Latino USA have produced an episode devoted to Latin America’s influence on the game of baseball. We present their story of how Latin American players blurred baseball’s color line before Jackie Robinson ended segregation in big leagues.
Calvin Coolidge is joining the Presidents Race, the mascot competition held during Washington Nationals home games. Coolidge was in office the last time a club from D.C. won the World Series. Even so, Ben Freed of the Washingtonian thinks a different Coolidge should be have gotten the call.
Most athletes will never be drafted by one pro team, let alone two. Notre Dame graduate Pat Connaughton signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2014 and this week was chosen in the NBA Draft. In an interview with Bill Littlefield, Connaughton says he’s not ready to pick one sport over the other.
The ongoing campaign by Pete Rose to return to baseball’s good graces and become eligible for the Hall of Fame hit another bump in the road this week when ESPN revealed evidence that Rose had bet on games when he was a player … something he had denied. Bill Littlefield thinks Rose should be enshrined anyway.
Reporter Mark Moran, whose son Spencer was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays last year, recently traveled with the rest of his family to watch his son pitch his first game as a pro. He kept an audio diary and shares his reflections on this Father’s Day weekend.
How will first-year MLB commissioner Rob Manfred handle the hacking scandal? Does the MLB need to change its All-Star voting system? And is the U.S. Women’s National Team failing to live up to its hype? The NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer and sport writer Erik Malinowski join Bill Littlefield for this week’s edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”
The Cardinals are under investigation by the FBI and Justice Department for allegedly hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros. After the New York Times broke the news, Twitter stole the show. Here are some users who hit it out of the park.
In June of 2014, Brandon Finnegan was pitching in the College World Series. Four months later, he made history by pitching in the MLB World Series. Reporter Greg Echlin got the story from Finnegan and his coaches.
Rapper MC Hammer shot to fame with his 1990 hit “U Can’t Touch This.” Now he’s known for being a Golden State Warriors superfan. But back before all of that, MC Hammer worked in the front office of the Oakland A’s. Claire McNear joins Bill Littlefield to delve into a bizarre piece of baseball history.
The 1981 baseball season was shaping up to be a great one, behind Pete Rose’s bat and Fernando Valenzuela’s arm. But the season was interrupted by a strike, which is the focus of author and mayor of Cooperstown Jeff Katz’s new book. Katz talked with Bill Littlefield.