Podcast with Luke Epplin, author of Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball

https://newbooksnetwork.com/our-team In July 1947, not even three months after Jackie Robinson debuted on the Brooklyn Dodgers, snapping the color line that had segregated Major League Baseball, Larry Doby would follow in his footsteps on the Cleveland Indians. Though Doby, as the second Black player in the majors, would struggle during his first summer in Cleveland,Continue reading “Podcast with Luke Epplin, author of Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball”

Podcast with the authors of Boxed Out of the NBA: Remembering the Eastern Professional Basketball League

https://newbooksnetwork.com/boxed-out-of-the-nba The Eastern Professional Basketball League (1946-78) was fast and physical, often played in tiny, smoke-filled gyms across the northeast and featuring the best players who just couldn’t make the NBA—many because of unofficial quotas on Black players, some because of scandals, and others because they weren’t quite good enough in the years when theContinue reading “Podcast with the authors of Boxed Out of the NBA: Remembering the Eastern Professional Basketball League”

Podcast with Bob Kuska about his book Shake and Bake: The Life and Times of NBA Great Archie Clark

https://newbooksnetwork.com/shake-and-bake Shake and Bake is the story of Archie Clark, one of the top playmaking guards in the 1970s pre-merger NBA. While not one of the game’s most recognized superstars, Clark was a seminal player in NBA history who staggered defenders with the game’s greatest crossover dribble (“shake and bake”) and is credited by his peersContinue reading “Podcast with Bob Kuska about his book Shake and Bake: The Life and Times of NBA Great Archie Clark”

Podcast with Andrew Maraniss about his book Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke

Burke was the first openly gay player in MLB and invented the high-five. https://newbooksnetwork.com/singled-out On October 2nd, 1977, Glenn Burke, outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, made history without even swinging a bat. When his teammate Dusty Baker hit a historic home run, Glenn enthusiastically congratulated him with the first ever high five. But GlennContinue reading “Podcast with Andrew Maraniss about his book Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke”

Podcast with Bradford Pearson regarding his book The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance During WWII America

https://newbooksnetwork.com/the-eagles-of-heart-mountain In the spring of 1942, the United States government forced 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes in California, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona and sent them to incarceration camps across the West. Nearly 14,000 of them landed on the outskirts of Cody, Wyoming, at the base of Heart Mountain. Behind barbed wire fences, they facedContinue reading “Podcast with Bradford Pearson regarding his book The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance During WWII America”

Podcast with the author of Pro Sports in 1993

https://newbooksnetwork.com/pro-sports-in-1993 America and Canada both saw historic sports milestones in 1993. While the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bulls reigned supreme, the Toronto Blue Jays won a second consecutive World Series on a walk-off homer, and the Montreal Canadiens emerged as the last Canadian team to win a Stanley Cup. While stars like Michael Jordan, WayneContinue reading “Podcast with the author of Pro Sports in 1993”