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Guest Picks: Willie Randolph

Friday, May 16, 2014

Former Yankees second baseman and former Mets manager Willie Randolph was on the Leonard Lopate Show, talking about his life in baseball. He also told us about his love of fishing. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 372: Fathers and Sons

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

In 2009, Frank Tempone was severely depressed. As a result of what he calls a mid-life crisis, Frank left his wife and three kids to live on his own.

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News

Rivera Avenue Unveiled at Yankee Stadium

Monday, May 05, 2014

WNYC

A fan campaign to name a street after the retired Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera ended in victory on Monday. Number 42 climbed a ladder to reveal the new street sign on the southeast corner of Yankee Stadium. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Does Pete Rose Belong in the Hall of Fame?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pete Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame, because 25 years ago he was banished from the game for gambling. He was a magnetic, beloved and polarizing baseball player, and the question "Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?" has evolved into one of the most provocative in sports. In Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, Kostya Kennedy, assistant managing editor at Sports Illustrated, answers this question in his re-examination of Pete Rose's life—from his cocky and charismatic early years through his storied playing career to his bitter war against baseball's hierarchy.

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WNYC News

A Baseball Pitcher Explains When It's OK to Cheat

Thursday, April 24, 2014

WNYC

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended ten games after getting caught using pine tar during Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. But a former MLB pitcher says the fact that Pineda cheated isn't his biggest crime. It's that he was so sloppy about it.

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99% Invisible

111- Masters of the Uni-verse

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Uniforms matter. When it comes to sports, they might be the only thing to which we're actually loyal. Sports uniforms are packaging. But unlike any other packaging, if the product inside changes or degrades, we remain loyal. Players come and go,

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WNYC News

2014 Baseball, and de Blasio, Debut at Citifield

Monday, March 31, 2014

WNYC

Baseball began in New York this season at Citifield, where two long-held traditions were observed: a mayor threw out the first pitch and the Mets blew a lead in the 9th.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Play Ball!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey, who officiated over 4,000 games and is the co-author (with Peter Golenbock) of They Called Me God: The Best Umpire Who Ever Lived (Gallery Books, 2014), talks baseball on the day of the Mets home opener.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Opting Out of Testing?; Umpire Doug Harvey; Bodega Cats!

Monday, March 31, 2014

New York State tests begin this week for students in third through eighth grades. WNYC’s Yasmeen Khan discusses the exams, now aligned to "common core" curricula, and whether more students will be "opting out" from standardized testing. Plus: the latest on the ACA enrollment since today is the deadline to sign up; everything you ever wanted to know about cats in bodegas; the latest appointments in city government, including the NYPD’s inspector general; and Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Life in the Minor Leagues

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

"Triple-A is the hardest job in baseball, because nobody wants to be there—not just players, but umpires, announcers, managers, everyone would rather be in the big leagues," baseball author John Feinstein.

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WNYC News

Jeter To Play His Final Season

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

It's the end of an era in the Bronx. Shortstop Derek Jeter announced he'll retire after the 2014 season, ending nearly two decades with the Yankees.

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Around Broadway

Bombers on Broadway

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A lineup of famous Yankees from several eras past and present are on the same stage in Bronx Bombers, a new play now running at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

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The Jonathan Channel

A Day of Light and Shadows

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

In 1979, Jonathan Schwartz wrote an essay recalling his experience of a 1978 Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees playoff game at Fenway Park. This vivid account ran originally in Sports Illustrated and has since been published as a book. 

 

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Athletic Composers

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

It’s not just the Seattle Seahawks or the skiers at the Sochi Olympics who like to win. Many classical composers were athletes, too. Here are our top five athletic composers.

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The Jonathan Channel

The 44th Annual Salute to Baseball

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Join us this Sunday, for The Jonathan Schwartz 44th Annual Salute to the greatest game ever invented - Baseball.

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WNYC News

A-Rod: Banned For 2014, Taker of "Gummy" Roids?

Monday, January 13, 2014

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball and its players' union on Monday, seeking to overturn an arbitrator's ruling that the Yankees slugger should be suspended for an entire season for using performance enhancing drugs. The suspension bars Rodriguez for 162 games including potential playoff appearances.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dwight Gooden: Doc

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Major League pitcher Dwight Gooden talks about his memoir of his talent, addiction, and recovery. In Doc, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his family; the thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York; his self-destructive drug binges; and his three World Series rings.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dwight Gooden; Superman; Russell Banks' Short Stories; Homeless Families in NYC

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dwight Gooden talks about his years with the Mets, winning three World Series, pitching a no-hitter, and how he finally conquered his addictions. Larry Tye tells the history of Superman, one of popular culture’s most enduring heroes. Russell Banks talks about his new collection of short stories. And New Yorker staff writer Ian Frazier and Coalition for the Homeless president Mary Brosnahan discuss why homelessness in New York has reached such high numbers.

WNYC News

Hand Wringing in Yankee-Land as Ellsbury Heads to New York

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Yankees are reported to have made a major move Tuesday by acquiring star Red Sox center-fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, signing him to a seven-year deal worth $153 million.

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On The Media

Inside NFL Football, The Journalist Behind Jackie Robinson, and More

Friday, November 29, 2013

The men behind the games you see on Sundays, the journalist who played a crucial role in breaking baseball's color barrier,  and a loquacious former NBA star.