On today’s program from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown I’ll discuss the president’s speech (my take is here) with Mark Steyn, James Lileks and Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff, and intersperse those interviews with conversations with some of the great baseball historians gathered at Cooperstown. Some of the authors and books that will be discussed today:
John R.M. Wilson’s Jackie Robinson and the American Dilemma:
Lee Lowenfish’s Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman:
Talking about baseball and American culture with baseball historians rarely means a conversation limited to the game. Usually the game has intersected in some important way with the country’s larger life, and that combination makes for riveting stories, like those of Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson, Curt Flood, and Roberto Clemente. The summer reading list should always contain at least one book that celebrates the American game.