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Steyn, Lileks, Isikoff, and Cooperstown, Part 2

Thursday, June 4, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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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:

Jackie Robinson and the American Dilemma (Library of American Biography) (The Library of American Biography)

Paul Dickson, author of The Dickson Baseball Dictionary and The Unwritten Rules of Baseball:

The Dickson Baseball Dictionary: (Third Edition)The Unwritten Rules of Baseball: The Etiquette, Conventional Wisdom, and Axiomatic Codes of Our National Pastime

Bruce Markusen’s The Team That Changed Baseball: Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates:

The Team That Changed Baseball: Roberte Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates

Lee Lowenfish’s Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman:

Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman

Brad Snyder’s A Well Paid Slave: Curt Flood’s Fight For Free Agency in Professional Sports:

A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports

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.

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