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Pandemic Baseball Book Club

Pandemic Baseball Book Club

By Brad Balukjian
The digital cul-de-sac where authors go to promote their new baseball books amid a supervirus lockdown.
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100 Miles of Baseball: Heidi and Dale Jacobs in conversation with Andrew Forbes

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Loserville: Frank Guridy in Conversation with Clayton Tudor
In this episode of our Author Conversation series, Clayton Tudor sits down with PBBC Member Frank Guridy to discuss his latest work "Loserville:  How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta - And how Atlanta Remade Professional Sports".  Here they discuss the history of Atlanta teams, fans, and the role public resources play in the history of the city's relationship with sports.
June 27, 2022
The Umpire is Out: Rob Neyer in conversation with Jason Cannon
In the latest edition of our author interview series, PBBC Member Jason Cannon discusses "The Umpire is Out!:  Calling the Game and Living my True Self" with it's co-author, Rob Neyer.  In the interview, they discuss Dale Scott, the books subject, the research it took and Rob's approach to writing.
June 22, 2022
Red Barber: Andy McCue in Conversation with Judith Hiltner and James Walker
In our latest edition of our Author Interview Series, recent interview subject Andy McCue goes to the other side of the microphone to discuss "Red Barber:  The Life and Legacy of a Broadcasting Legend" with it's co-authors Judith R. Hiltner and James R. Walker.  They discuss the voice behind the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers, what he meant to broadcasting and the game overall.
May 12, 2022
Rethinking Fandom: Craig Calcaterra in Conversation with Dan Epstein
In our latest edition of the Author Interview series, Craig Calcaterra talks about the sports-industrial complex and the state of fandom with Dan Epstein.
May 06, 2022
Charlie Murphy, The Iconic Showman: Jim Overmeyer in conversation with Jason Cannon
In the latest of our Author Interview Series, Jim Overmeyer is joined by Jason Cannon, where they talk about life and tenure of the turn-of-the-century Chicago Cubs owner, his relationship with other owners, the team, and more.
April 27, 2022
Classic Baseball: Tim Wendel in Converstation with John Rosengren
In our latest edition of our Author Interview Series, John Rosengren discusses his latest work "Classic Baseball", the challenges of researching a more broad project, the stories that make the game interesting, and... La Tortuga?  
April 20, 2022
"Stumbling Around the Bases": Jim Walker in Conversation with Andy McCue
In this episode of our ongoing Author Interview Series, Jim Walker talks about the American League during the era of expansion in his latest book "Stumbling Around The Bases".  They discuss the teams that sprung up during this transformative era, the players that defined it, and also the story behind the scenes as well.
April 13, 2022
Victory on Two Fronts: Scott H. Longert with Luke Epplin
In this episode of our author conversation series, Luke Epplin discusses the history of the Cleveland baseball franchise (formerly Indians, now Guardians), focusing specifically on the World War II era, which Scott H. Longert's book focuses in on.  It's the second in a trilogy of books he's writing about the team, and he and Epplin go into great detail about the team, ownership, the players, and more.
April 06, 2022
Whispers Of the Gods: Peter Golenbock with Jason Turbow
In the debut pod of the new season, Peter Golenbock, author of more than 60 Baseball Books including "Bums", "The Bronx Zoo", "Sprit Of St. Louis" and more talk about his life before writing, reflect on his experiences interviewing people around the game, and more!
March 30, 2022
Escape from Castro's Cuba: Tim Wendel in conversation with Emily Nemens
In this episode of our Author Conversation Series, novelist Tim Wendel brings his readers back to Havana with Escape from Castro's Cuba, his visionary sequel to Castro's Curveball, where the main character becomes entangled in a scheme that pits him against his old friend, Fidel Castro. He's here in conversation with Emily Nemens, author of The Cactus League.
July 16, 2021
All-Star Special: Frank Guridy in conversation with Howard Bryant
As we approach the 2021 MLB All-Star game, our own Frank Guridy talked with writer Howard Bryant about a particular All-Star game, in 1971, and about how important that game, and that era was for black and latino players. 
July 08, 2021
100 Miles of Baseball: Heidi and Dale Jacobs in conversation with Andrew Forbes
In this episode of our author interview series, Andrew Forbes talks with Heidi and Dale Jacobs about their latest book "100 Miles of Baseball:  Fifty Games, One Summer".  An ambitious project to, as the title suggests, attend 50 baseball games within a 100 mile radius, over a single summer.  They talk about how the idea came about, the variety of games they attended, and their writing process along the way.
June 10, 2021
Comeback Pitchers: Steve Steinberg in Conversation with Mark Healey
On the latest edition of the PBBC's author interview series, club member Mark Healey (Author of Gotham Baseball) spoke with Steve Steinberg, one half of the team that wrote "Comeback Pitchers:  The Remarkable Careers of Howard Ehmke & Jack Quinn".  In this conversation, they talk about the writing process, how to balance other characters in the story like Connie Mack, and what makes these two particular players so interesting.  
May 07, 2021
Cobra: Dave Jordan in Conversation with Andrew Maraniss
In this episode of the PBBC Author Interview Series, Dave Jordan discusses his book "Cobra:  A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood" with fellow club member Andrew Maraniss.  Jordan wrote the book with it's subject, former outfielder Dave Parker, an accomplished all around player during the heyday of black baseball at the Major League level.  They discuss the research required for the book, working with Parker, and more...
April 29, 2021
The Captain and Me: Dan Epstein in conversation with Lincoln Mitchell
Today’s conversation is between Lincoln Mitchell and Dan Epstein, talking about Epstein’s book “The Captain and Me” that he wrote with former Yankee Ron Blomberg. The discussion centers around the main characters in the book, Blomberg and his teammate Thurman Munson, but also the teams they played on, and the era in which they played.
April 21, 2021
Clubbie: Greg Larson in Conversation with Andrew Forbes
Today’s conversation features Greg Larson, author of “Clubbie: A Minor League Baseball Memoir”, chronicling his time as a clubhouse attendant for the Aberdeen IronBirds. It was there he transformed from starry eyed fan to the crafty clubbie, getting a first hand look at the exploitative nature of the Minor Leagues. He talks with Andrew Forbes about his adventures in the dugout and beyond.
April 15, 2021
Two Sides of Glory: Greg Larson in Conversation with Erik Sherman
They say that the history books are written by the winners, but Erik Sherman took a different approach in his latest book "Two Sides of Glory:  The 1986 Red Sox in their Own Words".  A collection of interviews with players from the team that fatefully lost a title in dramatic fashion, not just on a ground ball to first.  He talks with fellow author Greg Larson about the process of writing the book, the players he talked to, and more.
April 07, 2021
The Only Way is the Steady Way: Devin Gordon in Conversation with Andrew Forbes
In the latest edition of our Author Interview Series, Essayist Andrew Forbes talks with club member Devin Gordon about his latest book "The Only Way is the Steady Way" (released just this week), a collection of essays, stories, and reflections on the wisdoms of superstar Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.
April 02, 2021
Baseball's Leading Lady: Anika Orrock in conversation with Andrea Williams
On this episode of our Author Interview Series, Anika Orrock talks with the PBBC’s newest member, Andrea Williams, who authored “Baseball’s Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues”. On what would be Manley’s 124th Birthday, the two discuss Manley’s impact and why her story needed to be told.
March 27, 2021
The Giants and Their City: Lincoln Mitchell in conversation with Dave Jordan
Released earlier this month, author Lincoln Mitchell discusses "The Giants and Their City:  Major League Baseball in San Francisco 1976-1992", when the team was unliked, un-welcomed, and un-winning (that's a thing, right?), not to mention in constant competition with their cross-bay rivals, the Oakland A's.  He and fellow author Dave Jordan (author of "COBRA") talk about the team, the city, and why they nearly left not once, but twice.  
March 26, 2021
The Sports Revolution: Dan Epstein in conversation with Frank Guridy
It's another "Opening Day Special" episode with Dan Epstein talking with Frank Guridy about his new book, out today, "The Sports Revolution:  How Texas Changed the Culture of American Athletics".  They discuss Texas's place in American sports history, and why it's a lot more complicated than you may think.
March 23, 2021
So Many Ways to Lose: Frank Guridy in conversation with Devin Gordon
On this episode of our author interview series, Frank Guriti talks with Devin Gordon, author of “So Many Ways to Lose, The Amazing True Story of the Mets, the Best-Worst team in sports”, which releases today. The two authors cover the book’s genesis, as a magazine article, and dives into its content. From Casey Stengel to Pedro Martinez and more.
March 16, 2021
Double Plays and Double Crosses: Steve Steinberg in Conversation with Don Zminda
In his latest book, Don Zminda examines the aftermath of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox team, as it navigated through the following season before the story broke of their fixing the World Series to the benefit of gamblers.  Steve Steinberg asked Zminda about what inspired the story, the other factors at play, and so much more during their conversation.  
March 10, 2021
Singled Out: Erik Sherman in Conversation with Andrew Maraniss
"Singled Out" is a book, released today, telling the story of Glenn Burke, Major League Baseball's first openly gay player.  It is the latest book written by author Andrew Maraniss, but no the first one on the former outfielder.  In 2015, Erik Sherman wrote "Out at Home" along with Burke himself, and sat down with Maraniss to talk about the book, the man, and the impact he left on the game and culture at large.  
March 02, 2021
Birdie Can Too!: Anika Orrock in Conversation with Malaika Underwood
Another day, another Author Interview!  This episode features a conversation between two authors, Anika Orrock ("The Incredible Women of the AAGBL") and Malaika Underwood, author of "Birdie Can Too!" (which Orrock illustrated).  Along with other topics, they discuss how they became connected, Underwood's experience as an infielder on the USA Women's National Baseball Team, and so much more.  
February 10, 2021
Alou: Jason Turbow in Conversation with Felipe Alou and Peter Kerasotis
Jason Turbow sits down with legendary baseball player and manager Felipe Alou, and author Peter Kerasotis, to talk about "Feliple Alou: My Baseball Journey."  
February 09, 2021
Intangibles: Brad Balukjian in conversation with Geoff Miller
In the latest installment of our interview series, author of “The Wax Pack”, Brad Balukjian gets to talk to Geoff Miller about his latest book “Intangibles”. In this discussion, Balukjian and Miller talk about his work in Major League Baseball, and approach to working with athletes and understanding things like pressure and anxiety, and what makes them perform at their best. To order:
January 09, 2021
A Year of Playing Catch: Ethan Bryan in conversation with Mark Healey
For our latest installment of the Author Interview Series, Mark Healey sits down with Ethan Bryan about his latest book "A Year of Playing Catch."  They talk about how the book was put together, his own baseball fandom, and share some stories about his adventures playing catch every day for a year (with some pretty extraordinary people).  
January 04, 2021
Captain: Anthony DiComo in conversation with Brian Wright
In this installment of our author interview series, book club member and author of "Mets All-Time All-Stars" Brian Wright talks to writer Anthony DiComo about his joint venture with Mets third baseman David Wright's memoir.  They discuss the writing process with David, and his overall legacy and impact on the Mets organization.
December 01, 2020
Dodgers Seven in Seven: Part VII, 2020
Like John Smoltz and Jack Morris, the concluding matchup might be the most exciting, as Eric Nusbaum and Jason Turbow discuss the series won just last night by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Tampa Bay Rays.  They discuss the sixth and deciding game, how it feels to see them win, and more!
October 29, 2020
Dodgers Seven in Seven: Part VI, 2017
In the sixth episode of our special mini-series on Dodgers World Series appearances, Jason Turbow and Eric Nusbaum talk about the controversial 2017 World Series, where the Dodgers ultimately lost to the Houston Astros, but the results have since been in doubt over cheating by the Astros during the series. 
October 28, 2020
Dodgers Seven in Seven: Part V, 1981
In the fifth installment of our special series, discussing seven Dodgers World Series over seven conversations lasting (roughly) seven minutes, Jason Turbow and Eric Nusbaum re visit the 1981 World Series, which also happens to be the subject of Jason's Book "They Bled Blue".
October 27, 2020
Dodgers Seven in Seven: Part IV, 1965
In part four of Jason Turbow and Eric Nusbaum's series of conversations paying tribute to the Dodgers in the Fall Classic, we visit 1965 when the team from LA faced off agains the Minnesota Twins.
October 25, 2020
Dodgers Seven in Seven: Part III, 1978
In the third in a seven part series, Eric Nusbaum and Jason Turbow continue their discussions on the Dodgers in the Fall Classic.  Next up, 1978.  
October 24, 2020
Dodgers Seven in Seven, Part II: 1955
In part two of their ongoing series of short conversations about the Dodgers in the World Series, Jason Turbow and Eric Nusbaum discuss a bright spot in Dodger history, the 1955 Fall Classic.
October 23, 2020
The Dodgers Seven in Seven Series, Episode I
In celebration of the Dodgers reaching the World Series, founding club members Eric Nusbaum (author of "Stealing Home") and Jason Turbow (author of "The Baseball Codes" and "They Bled Blue"), reflect on the team's previous adventures in the Fall Classic!
October 22, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: Fall Classic Memories
On the eve of Game One of the 2020 World Series, a few PBBC members share memories and readings about their fondest times during this special time of year.   In order of appearance: - Adam C. MacKinnon - Anika Orrock - Eric Nusbaum - Dan Schlossberg - Todd Radom - Danny Gallagher - DB Firstman - Jon Shea - Jason Turbow Music credit, South City Riot/Song:"From the Cold"/Album:"Acworth Royalty"
October 20, 2020
"Mets in Popular Culture": David Krell in conversation with Brian Wright
In our latest installment of our author interview series, Brian Wright and David Krell sit down to discuss "Mets in Popular Culture", a collection of essays which Krell contributed to and edited.  There's not possibly two better people to discuss the impact of the franchise not just on the field, but in popular culture at large.  Enjoy!
October 12, 2020
"The New Baseball Bible" and "Designated Hebrew": Dan Schlossberg in conversation with Mark Healey
Mark Healey sits down with Dan Schlossberg to discuss his two works released this year, "Designated Hebrew" and "The New Baseball Bible".  In this conversation, Mark and Dan talk about the books, baseball in general, and about what the PBBC means to them.  
October 08, 2020
Big Sexy: Michael Stahl in conversation with Jason Turbow
In our latest episode, Michael Stahl sits down with Jason Turbow to discuss "Big Sexy:  In His Own Words", which Stahl co-wrote with beloved pitcher Bartolo Colon.  Listen as they talk about the research, working with Bartolo, and how the project came together.  
October 05, 2020
How Baseball Happened: Tom Gilbert in Conversation with Ralph Carhart
In this episode of our author interview series, Ralph Carhart (author of "The Hall Ball") talks to Paul Gilbert about his latest book "How Baseball Happened:  Outrageous Lies Exposed!  The Truth Revealed.".  
October 01, 2020
Culture of Excellence: Colin Cerniglia in conversation with Mark Healey
Mark Healey, author of "Gotham Baseball"  is joined by Colin Cerniglia, author of "Culture of Excellence:  What the Yankees can teach us about Leadership".  The book is as much about winning in business as it is winning in baseball, and makes for good conversation.  
September 28, 2020
YOGI: Jon Pessah in conversation with Jason Turbow
Founding club member Jason Turbow interviews Jon Pessah on his latest book, "YOGI:  A life Behind The Mask".  If you're looking for interesting stories on one of baseball's most interesting lives, then look no further.
September 24, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: PBBC Announces partnership with SABR
It is officially official!  We at the Pandemic Baseball Book Club are thrilled to announce that we are joining SABR as an online chartered community!  This opens a lot of doors for the club and for those who follow us as well, and we're thrilled to be in such company.  Here with the inaugural address are founding members Jason Turbow, Eric Nusbaum, and Anika Orrock, along with SABR CEO Scott Bush.
September 22, 2020
Bouton: Mitch Nathanson in conversation with Brad Balukjian
In this episodes, Mitch Nathanson, author of "Bouton:  Life of a Baseball Original" sits down with Brad Balukjian (author of "The Wax Pack") to talk about Nathanson's latest book Bouton:  Life of a Baseball Original.  Music Credit: "Blossom Being the Quickest, Most Viscous Root" - The Collingwood
September 17, 2020
Always Remembered: Danny Gallagher in conversation with Dan Schlossberg
Author of the new Expos book Always Remembered, Danny Gallagher, discusses his work with Dan Schlossberg.
September 10, 2020
A Tribute to Tom Seaver
Our own Brian Wright and Jason Turbow discuss the legacy of Terrific Tom.
September 05, 2020
Gotham Baseball: Mark Healey in conversation with Ralph Carhart
Mark Healey discusses his new book, Gotham Baseball, with Ralph Carhart.
September 04, 2020
From the Stick to the Cove: Chris Haft in conversation with John Shea
Chris Haft discusses his new book, co-written with Giants clubhouse manager Mike Murphy, with the SF Chronicle's John Shea.
August 21, 2020
Working A Perfect Game: Bill Nowlin in conversation with Jim Overmyer
SABR editor and writer Bill Nowlin discusses his new book "Working A Perfect Game" with Jim Overmyer.
August 06, 2020
Intangibles: Joan Ryan in conversation with Ray Ratto
Joan Ryan discusses her new book about the science behind team chemistry, Intangibles, with Ray Ratto.
July 31, 2020
24: John Shea in conversation with Joan Ryan
Joan Ryan discusses 24: Life Lessons and Stories from the Say Hey Kid with author John Shea
July 23, 2020
Billy Ball: Dale Tafoya in conversation with Jacob Kornhauser
The author of Billy Ball, Dale Tafoya, discusses his book on the 1980-82 Oakland A's with Jacob Kornhauser.
July 16, 2020
New York Mets All-Time All-Stars: Brian Wright in conversation with Mark Healey
Author Brian Wright discusses his new book, The New York Mets All-Time All-Stars, with fellow New York baseball author Mark Healey.
July 13, 2020
The Hall Ball: Ralph Carhart in conversation with Mark Healey
Author Ralph Carhart discusses his new book, The Hall Ball, with Mark Healey, author of Gotham Baseball.
July 09, 2020
Stealing Home: Eric Nusbaum in conversation with Jason Turbow
The author of Stealing Home, Eric Nusbaum, discusses his new book on the origin story of Dodger Stadium.
July 06, 2020
Bonus Episode: Roy Eisenhardt
The author of Billy Ball,  Dale Tafoya, Zooms down with former Oakland A's president Roy Eisenhardt in this exclusive bonus episode.
July 02, 2020
Baseball for Kids: Author Adam MacKinnon in conversation with Eric Nusbaum
Adam MacKinnon discusses his new book, Baseball for Kids, with author Eric Nusbaum.
June 29, 2020
Cup of Coffee Club: Author Jacob Kornhauser in conversation with Dale Tafoya
Author Jacob Kornhauser discusses his new book, The Cup of Coffee Club.
June 25, 2020
Bonus Episode: A's catcher Mike Heath
The author of Billy Ball, Dale Tafoya, speaks with former catcher Mike Heath about his relationship with Billy Martin and time in the major leagues.
May 26, 2020
Cactus League: Emily Nemens in conversation with Anika Orrock
The author of the Cactus League, Emily Nemens, discusses her debut novel with Anika Orrock, author of The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League,
May 18, 2020
Swing Kings: Jared Diamond in conversation with Tyler Kepner
The Wall Street Journal national baseball writer Jared Diamond discusses his new book with New York Times national baseball writer Tyler Kepner.
April 28, 2020
K: Tyler Kepner in conversation with Jason Turbow
Tyler Kepner, author of K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches, speaks with Jason Turbow about his research, writing, and creative process.
April 25, 2020
The Incredible Women: Author Anika Orrock at Happy Hour with author Brad Balukjian
Anika Orrock, the author of the new book "The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League" talks baseball and books over drinks with Brad Balukjian. 
April 23, 2020
Hall of Name: Author D.B. Firstman in conversation with Brad Balukjian
Hear all about the origin and process of writing Hall of Name, from author D.B Firstman. Also: Rusty Kuntz.
April 16, 2020
They Bled Blue: Jason Turbow in conversation with Eric Nusbaum
Author of "Stealing Home," Eric Nusbaum, interviews Jason Turbow about the paperback release of "They Bled Blue," a chronicle of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 1981 championship season.
April 07, 2020
The Wax Pack: Brad Balukjian in conversation with Jason Turbow
In the premier episode of the Pandemic Baseball Book Club podcast, fellow baseball writer Jason Turbow stands up with Brad Balukjian to discuss his new book The Wax Pack: On the open road in search of baseball's afterlife.
March 28, 2020