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Baseball is gripped by grip-enhancements, or is it the other way around? The panel considers the way the lack of enforcement in the area of ball-doctoring has led baseball into some of the same blind alleys that now trap other areas of American culture and politics. Craig crashes Gaylord Perry's house, Steve goes for a Nazi analogy that may be a bi…
 
Dan Epstein joins the SIAC panel to talk about the book he co-authored with Ron Blomberg, THE CAPTAIN & ME: ON AND OFF THE FIELD WITH THURMAN MUNSON. Come spend an hour in the land of 1970s baseball where the suits were polyester, the dance was disco, and the Yankees had a catcher who should have been in the Hall of Fame 35 years ago already.…
 
San Francisco civil rights legend Reverend Arnold Townsend joins Lincoln, Craig, Frank, and Steve to reminisce about being born into a segregated nation when there was still hope for equality, in part by meeting halfway--in the country of baseball. "If you can't appreciate Bob Gibson, you're not a baseball fan, you're a racist who watches baseball.…
 
In a not very mini mini-episode, Frank, Tova, Adrian, and Lincoln discuss Frank's new book THE SPORTS REVOLUTION: HOW TEXAS CHANGED THE CULTURE OF AMERICAN ATHLETICS. It's a wide-ranging discussion taking in everything from the demise of the Washington Senators expansion team, the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, the racism of the early 1970s Houston A…
 
In a wide-ranging discussion Adrian, Craig, Frank, Lincoln, Tova, and Steve note the planned full-attendance Opening Day in Arlington, the hidden power of stadium naming rights, the discarded and future name of the Cleveland American League team, and remember some retrograde men's rooms at defunct ballparks around the country.…
 
The full panel is back, taking on the Mariners' ex-president's defenestration at the rotary club, what it means to disdain your own international players, the Fernando Tatis, Jr signing, Trevor Bauer's (ahem) sensitivity, glance at the 1970s Yankees, and mark Major League Baseball's progress in responding to domestic violence perpetrators.…
 
The impeachment effort fails but there's still hope for labor progress in baseball. But why doesn't the Players Association try to counteract pro-management propaganda? Join Adrian Burgos, Craig Calcaterra, Steven Goldman, Frank Guridy, Lincoln Mitchell, and Tova Wang as they attempt to find out. 1.In Memory of Pedro Gomez. 2.Spring Training is Her…
 
The Say It Ain't Contagious panel mourns the passing of Henry Aaron and tries to place his experience in context. 1.What did Henry Aaron Mean to You? 2.White Supremacist Attacks on Aaron. 3.The Lost Centrality of Baseball in American Life. 4.The Absence of African Americans from Today’s Game. 5.Aaron and Barry Bonds. 6.Aaron and Dick Allen.…
 
In the first episode of the ongoing SAIC podcast, the panel reacts to the sack of the Capitol, Major League Baseball’s “recognition” of the Negro Leagues, and finds the 1970s Pittsburgh Pirates preferable to both. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1.Who are we and why are we here? 2.Coup attempt at the Capitol. On “Banana Republics” and the United States in Latin …
 
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