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Reading The Game

Steve Klein & Phil Stone

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The podcast on which baseball fans discuss the baseball books they love. Each episode hosts Phil (@MrPhilipStone) and Steve (@BushLeagueSteve) are joined by guests to discuss a baseball book in depth.

Latest Episodes

Episode 17 - Conflict

Conflict is journalist and author Ryan Ferguson’s tell-all account about how he committed the unspeakable act of switching allegiances from the Red Sox to the Yankees. Part memoir, part history, and tackling difficult topics such as mental health, racism, class, identity and domestic violence, Ferguson pours his heart onto the page, spitting the truth on a lifetime of pent-up insecurity and secrecy. We were delighted to welcome Ryan to the show to discuss the book’s inception and main themes, and to grill him (warmly and kindly obvs!) on his controversial admission. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show!

36 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 17 - Conflict

Episode 16 - You Gotta Have Wa!

In his remarkable book from 1990, author Robert Whiting offers an intriguing and often humorous look at the differences and similarities between the national obsession over baseball in Japan and in the United States and a detailed account of the game of 'besoboru'. To discuss the book we were thrilled to be joined again by John McGee from Bat Flips & Nerds, who was making his second appearance on the show after talking about Bottom of the 33rd in May 2019. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! ------------------ Here are links to the Bat Flips & Nerds website and podcast, they've been smashing it lately with the calibre of their guests. Here's a link to the Leron and Leon Lee's No. 12 smash hit 'Baseball Boogie' on YouTube, just in case there's not enough of it in the show itself!

38 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 16 - You Gotta Have Wa!

Episode 15 - The Wax Pack

The Wax Pack chronicles author Brad Balukjian’s remarkable road trip across the US in the summer of 2015, spanning 11,341 miles through thirty states in forty-eight days to tell the stories of a set of players who turned up in a random pack of 1986 of Topps baseball cards. We were delighted to be joined by the author to find out what inspired his trip and how he came to bring the book to publication, and also by Rob from Bat Flips & Nerds and @BubbaOnBaseball to discuss the book in depth. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! ------------------ Here's a link to buy the book in the USA. Here's a link to buy the book in the UK. Here's a link to the Rob’s excellent Bat Flips & Nerds podcast episode featuring Brad. Here’s a link to the Pandemic Baseball Book Club.

62 MINMAY 26
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Episode 15 - The Wax Pack

Episode 14 - Astroball

Astroball is the definitive account of the Houston Astros' unexpected rise to win the 2017 World Series, by the writer who famously predicted it three years earlier on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Somewhat overshadowed by the subsequent scandal surrounding the Astros, the book is nevertheless an insightful and gripping read, and one which chronicles one of the most remarkable reversals of fortune in baseball history. We were thrilled to be joined by the author, Ben Reiter, who told us the story of how the book came together, and also by Bill Metzger, from the Crawfish Boxes - an Astros fan community website - for the roundtable discussion section of the show. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! ------------------ Here's a link to buy the book in the USA Here's a link to buy the book in the UK Here's a link to the Crawfish Boxes, the SB Nation Astros Community site.

66 MINMAY 15
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Episode 14 - Astroball

Episode 13 - The Incredible Women of the AAGPBL

The Incredible Women of the AAGPBL by Anika Orrock is a remarkable book - one that seamlessly weaves together the history of the league with the voices of the women involved and the broader societal context of the 1940s and 1950s in America, with a unique and evocative illustrative style. After a great chat with Anika about her wonderful book, we were lucky to be joined by Leslie Heaphy, Vice-President of SABR and Chair of the SABR's Women in Baseball Committee, for a discussion about the book and more broadly about the role of women throughout baseball's history. Here's a link to buy the book in the UK Here's a link to buy the book in the USA from the publisher, Chronicle Books Here's a link to the AAGPBL's website Here's a link to SABR's Women in Baseball Committee Here's a link to Anika's website

64 MINMAY 6
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Episode 13 - The Incredible Women of the AAGPBL

Episode 12 - Will Big League Baseball Survive?

This episode we are talking about the book ‘Will Big League Baseball Survive: Globalization, the End of Television, Youth Sports, and the Future of Major League Baseball’ by Lincoln A. Mitchell, a fascinating 2016 book which examines the extent to which MLB can continue to thrive in its current form, and analyses some of the key factors likely to threaten the future health of the sport. We were fortunate to speak to the author, Lincoln Mitchell, about the book, and we chatted about the book’s main theses, and also (topically) about the likely longer-term impact of the coronavirus on baseball. As mentioned at the end of the episode, we will be giving away a couple of copies of the excellent 'Baseball Life Advice' by Stacey May Fowles. To enter you need simply to mention the podcast in a positive light on Twitter, remembering to tag us (@RTGPod). You'll get a raffle ticket for every mention you do, so feel free to go nuts! We will ship worldwide, over land and sea (and Leicester!), and will announce the winners after the competition closes at 12pm UK time on Sunday 17th May 2020. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show!

86 MINAPR 30
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Episode 12 - Will Big League Baseball Survive?

Episode 11 - Stealing Home

A book of essays on a journey through baseball fandom, Paddy Johnston's beautifully written Stealing Home features brilliant illustrations by Samuel C. Williams and Rozi Hathaway, and was published in 2019. We invited Paddy and Sam on to the show to discuss the book and to talk a bit about their love of baseball and what they miss about the game in 2020. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! --------- Here’s a link to Good Comics, where you can purchase a copy of the book (inside which Sam *might* draw a little illustration!) Here's where you'll find Paddy, Sam and their baseball film podcast, Big Boys Don't Bunt, on Twitter.

74 MINAPR 22
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Episode 11 - Stealing Home

Episode 10 - Baseball In Europe

Covering in depth the history of baseball in 41 European countries, Josh Chetwynd's Baseball in Europe is a comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and highly entertaining read - ideal both for fans of European baseball and those completely oblivious to the sport on the continent. Fresh from a break of six months, (in which we welcomed Steve's second daughter, Bonnie, into the world!) we are delighted to be back discussing baseball books again! After a chat with the author about how he researched and wrote the book and the current health of European baseball, we were joined by Philipp Wuerfel from Mister-Baseball.com for the round-table part of the show. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! --- Here’s a link to Josh's website. Here's a link to buy the book in the USA from the publisher...

60 MINAPR 15
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Episode 10 - Baseball In Europe

Episode 9 - Baseball Life Advice

In her remarkable 2017 book, Stacey May Fowles shows us how we can use the lens of baseball to examine who we are. The book has been described as a passionate ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters. We were delighted to be joined by Stacey and in the first part of the episode we chatted about her writing process and some of the book's main themes, before being joined by Paddy Johnston from the ‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’, and ‘Big Boys Don’t Bunt’ podcasts, for the round-table part of the show. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! Here’s a link to Stacey’s website, from which you can subscribe to her newsletter. Here’s a link to subscribe to Paddy’s newsletter, Stealing Home.

80 MIN2019 OCT 10
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Episode 9 - Baseball Life Advice

Episode 8 - Ball Four

When it was first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and a "social leper." Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue, but fans loved the book and many critics hailed it as an important social document. 50 years after his chronicling of the 1969 season, and just months after Bouton’s passing, we were thrilled to be joined by Mark Blakemore to discuss and celebrate Ball Four, as one of the most loved and significant baseball books ever written.

56 MIN2019 SEP 6
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Episode 8 - Ball Four

Latest Episodes

Episode 17 - Conflict

Conflict is journalist and author Ryan Ferguson’s tell-all account about how he committed the unspeakable act of switching allegiances from the Red Sox to the Yankees. Part memoir, part history, and tackling difficult topics such as mental health, racism, class, identity and domestic violence, Ferguson pours his heart onto the page, spitting the truth on a lifetime of pent-up insecurity and secrecy. We were delighted to welcome Ryan to the show to discuss the book’s inception and main themes, and to grill him (warmly and kindly obvs!) on his controversial admission. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show!

36 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Episode 17 - Conflict

Episode 16 - You Gotta Have Wa!

In his remarkable book from 1990, author Robert Whiting offers an intriguing and often humorous look at the differences and similarities between the national obsession over baseball in Japan and in the United States and a detailed account of the game of 'besoboru'. To discuss the book we were thrilled to be joined again by John McGee from Bat Flips & Nerds, who was making his second appearance on the show after talking about Bottom of the 33rd in May 2019. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! ------------------ Here are links to the Bat Flips & Nerds website and podcast, they've been smashing it lately with the calibre of their guests. Here's a link to the Leron and Leon Lee's No. 12 smash hit 'Baseball Boogie' on YouTube, just in case there's not enough of it in the show itself!

38 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Episode 16 - You Gotta Have Wa!

Episode 15 - The Wax Pack

The Wax Pack chronicles author Brad Balukjian’s remarkable road trip across the US in the summer of 2015, spanning 11,341 miles through thirty states in forty-eight days to tell the stories of a set of players who turned up in a random pack of 1986 of Topps baseball cards. We were delighted to be joined by the author to find out what inspired his trip and how he came to bring the book to publication, and also by Rob from Bat Flips & Nerds and @BubbaOnBaseball to discuss the book in depth. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! ------------------ Here's a link to buy the book in the USA. Here's a link to buy the book in the UK. Here's a link to the Rob’s excellent Bat Flips & Nerds podcast episode featuring Brad. Here’s a link to the Pandemic Baseball Book Club.

62 MINMAY 26
Comments
Episode 15 - The Wax Pack

Episode 14 - Astroball

Astroball is the definitive account of the Houston Astros' unexpected rise to win the 2017 World Series, by the writer who famously predicted it three years earlier on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Somewhat overshadowed by the subsequent scandal surrounding the Astros, the book is nevertheless an insightful and gripping read, and one which chronicles one of the most remarkable reversals of fortune in baseball history. We were thrilled to be joined by the author, Ben Reiter, who told us the story of how the book came together, and also by Bill Metzger, from the Crawfish Boxes - an Astros fan community website - for the roundtable discussion section of the show. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! ------------------ Here's a link to buy the book in the USA Here's a link to buy the book in the UK Here's a link to the Crawfish Boxes, the SB Nation Astros Community site.

66 MINMAY 15
Comments
Episode 14 - Astroball

Episode 13 - The Incredible Women of the AAGPBL

The Incredible Women of the AAGPBL by Anika Orrock is a remarkable book - one that seamlessly weaves together the history of the league with the voices of the women involved and the broader societal context of the 1940s and 1950s in America, with a unique and evocative illustrative style. After a great chat with Anika about her wonderful book, we were lucky to be joined by Leslie Heaphy, Vice-President of SABR and Chair of the SABR's Women in Baseball Committee, for a discussion about the book and more broadly about the role of women throughout baseball's history. Here's a link to buy the book in the UK Here's a link to buy the book in the USA from the publisher, Chronicle Books Here's a link to the AAGPBL's website Here's a link to SABR's Women in Baseball Committee Here's a link to Anika's website

64 MINMAY 6
Comments
Episode 13 - The Incredible Women of the AAGPBL

Episode 12 - Will Big League Baseball Survive?

This episode we are talking about the book ‘Will Big League Baseball Survive: Globalization, the End of Television, Youth Sports, and the Future of Major League Baseball’ by Lincoln A. Mitchell, a fascinating 2016 book which examines the extent to which MLB can continue to thrive in its current form, and analyses some of the key factors likely to threaten the future health of the sport. We were fortunate to speak to the author, Lincoln Mitchell, about the book, and we chatted about the book’s main theses, and also (topically) about the likely longer-term impact of the coronavirus on baseball. As mentioned at the end of the episode, we will be giving away a couple of copies of the excellent 'Baseball Life Advice' by Stacey May Fowles. To enter you need simply to mention the podcast in a positive light on Twitter, remembering to tag us (@RTGPod). You'll get a raffle ticket for every mention you do, so feel free to go nuts! We will ship worldwide, over land and sea (and Leicester!), and will announce the winners after the competition closes at 12pm UK time on Sunday 17th May 2020. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show!

86 MINAPR 30
Comments
Episode 12 - Will Big League Baseball Survive?

Episode 11 - Stealing Home

A book of essays on a journey through baseball fandom, Paddy Johnston's beautifully written Stealing Home features brilliant illustrations by Samuel C. Williams and Rozi Hathaway, and was published in 2019. We invited Paddy and Sam on to the show to discuss the book and to talk a bit about their love of baseball and what they miss about the game in 2020. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! --------- Here’s a link to Good Comics, where you can purchase a copy of the book (inside which Sam *might* draw a little illustration!) Here's where you'll find Paddy, Sam and their baseball film podcast, Big Boys Don't Bunt, on Twitter.

74 MINAPR 22
Comments
Episode 11 - Stealing Home

Episode 10 - Baseball In Europe

Covering in depth the history of baseball in 41 European countries, Josh Chetwynd's Baseball in Europe is a comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and highly entertaining read - ideal both for fans of European baseball and those completely oblivious to the sport on the continent. Fresh from a break of six months, (in which we welcomed Steve's second daughter, Bonnie, into the world!) we are delighted to be back discussing baseball books again! After a chat with the author about how he researched and wrote the book and the current health of European baseball, we were joined by Philipp Wuerfel from Mister-Baseball.com for the round-table part of the show. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! --- Here’s a link to Josh's website. Here's a link to buy the book in the USA from the publisher...

60 MINAPR 15
Comments
Episode 10 - Baseball In Europe

Episode 9 - Baseball Life Advice

In her remarkable 2017 book, Stacey May Fowles shows us how we can use the lens of baseball to examine who we are. The book has been described as a passionate ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters. We were delighted to be joined by Stacey and in the first part of the episode we chatted about her writing process and some of the book's main themes, before being joined by Paddy Johnston from the ‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’, and ‘Big Boys Don’t Bunt’ podcasts, for the round-table part of the show. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! Here’s a link to Stacey’s website, from which you can subscribe to her newsletter. Here’s a link to subscribe to Paddy’s newsletter, Stealing Home.

80 MIN2019 OCT 10
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Episode 9 - Baseball Life Advice

Episode 8 - Ball Four

When it was first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and a "social leper." Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue, but fans loved the book and many critics hailed it as an important social document. 50 years after his chronicling of the 1969 season, and just months after Bouton’s passing, we were thrilled to be joined by Mark Blakemore to discuss and celebrate Ball Four, as one of the most loved and significant baseball books ever written.

56 MIN2019 SEP 6
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Episode 8 - Ball Four
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