Apr 26, 2013 — In the 1880s, it took a German immigrant to change America's pastime forever. Chris Von der Ahe founded the St. Louis Browns and later helped form a new baseball league. Author Edward Achorn recalls baseball's early days in his new book.
Apr 26, 2012 — Fifty years ago, a young pitcher won his first major league game for the New York Yankees. Jim Bouton went on to become a top-flight player. But he became famous, or notorious, for Ball Four, a memoir that broke the code of silence that kept what happened in locker rooms and on the road off-limits.
Sep 30, 2011 — Moneyball, Michael Lewis' account of how the Oakland A's changed baseball, debuts at No. 5.
Sep 23, 2011 — In 2002, the Oakland A's made history, winning 20 games in a row to set a new American League record. In Moneyball, writer Michael Lewis goes behind the scenes and explains how the A's used statistics and analytics to compete with teams with much bigger payrolls.
Sep 19, 2011 — Many athletes have reputations for being obnoxious, overpaid and rude. But there's another kind of sportsman, and it's the one that author Jon Reiner emulates. He calls it the "gentleman jock" and he recommends books written by three of them.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress by Harry Katz, Frank Ceresi, Phil Michel, Wilson McBee, and Susan Reyburn. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 14, 2011 — Bill White started his pro career in a Southern minor league where he was the only black player. He later made the majors, and went on to become a Yankees broadcaster and president of the National League. He shares his favorite broadcasting memories and controversial opinions with Robert Siegel.
Mar 16, 2011 — Baseball's official historian, John Thorn, sets the record straight on the game's earliest days ... in the 1700s. Yes, that's right, baseball started decades before Abner Doubleday supposedly created the game at Cooperstown — and it only became popular when professional gamblers took an interest.
Mar 11, 2011 — Not too long ago, African-Americans played a much bigger role in baseball. In the mid-1970s, a quarter of all players were black Americans. Today, it's one in 10. Baseball historian Rob Ruck writes about how that happened in his new book, Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game.
Apr 20, 2010 — A novel skewers New York's Internet-media nexus; a New York Times health editor examines the ways "Grown-Up" minds are superior to young brains; a reporter visits the small Dominican town that churns out big-league baseball stars.