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The Leonard Lopate Show

Stan Musial: An American Life

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sports reporter George Vecsey talks about the life and career of baseball great Stan Musial. Stan Musial: An American Life looks at how this great player, considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, is still underrated and often overlooked despite his 3,630 career hits, three World Series titles, and 17 major league records.

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WNYC News

2011 World Series: A Few Things To Know As Cards, Rangers Get Set

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers are set to start play tonight. Both teams can make compelling cases for why they should be favored. "I don't know how to pick this one," says NPR's Tom Goldman.

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The Takeaway

World Series Begins in St. Louis Tonight

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Texas Rangers will face off against the Cardinals in game one of the World Series tonight in St. Louis. George Vecsey, sports columnist for The New York Times, and author of "Stan Musial: An American Life," previews the game and talks about what the World Series means to St. Louis sports fans.

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WNYC News

Crack! Smack! Conk!: Do Home Runs Make Boring Baseball?

Monday, October 17, 2011

We revisit an age-old question: Do home runs — like the six in last night's playoff game — make baseball boring?

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WNYC News

Drivers Had Safety Concerns Before Race That Took Indy Champ's Life

Monday, October 17, 2011

The fiery 15-car pileup Sunday that killed two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was the type of disaster that drivers had been concerned about before the race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. They worried that too many cars were on the track.

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The Takeaway

The Aftermath of the Red Sox Collapse

Friday, October 14, 2011

From World Series favorites to Major League laughing stock, it's been quite a season for the Boston Red Sox. They started the September with a commanding lead in the Wild Card race and lost it to rival Tampa Bay Rays on the very last day of the season. The team's collapse saw popular manager Terry Francona leave town and general manager Theo Epstein depart to take over the Chicago Cubs.

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The Takeaway

NBA Cancels First Two Weeks of New Season

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Commissioner David Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the new NBA season on Monday night, after the league and the players failed to reach a deal to end a four-month-long lockout. At dispute is how to divide billions of dollars of league revenues, as well as league rules over how players are paid. The NBA will lose between $700-$800 million for each month of play lost.

For more on that, we're speaking with Mitch Lawrence, NBA columnist for The New York Daily News.  He was following the negotiations until late last night.  We're also speaking with Superfan Darrell Bailey, aka Clipper DarrellFor more on that, we're speaking with Mitch Lawrence, NBA columnist for The New York Daily News.  He was following the negotiations until late last night.  We're also speaking with Superfan Darrell Bailey, aka Clipper Darrell. For more on that, we're speaking with Mitch Lawrence, NBA columnist for The New York Daily News.  He was following the negotiations until late last night.  We're also speaking with Superfan Darrell Bailey, aka Clipper Darrell.

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The Takeaway

Sunday NFL Wrap Up

Monday, October 10, 2011

Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin runs through all the big NFL games from Sunday. He also discusses quarterbacks Drew Breeze, Aaron Rodgers, and Tim Tebow, and remembers long time Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stadium and Dollars

Friday, October 07, 2011

With an eye on the American League Division Series games, Robert Baade, A.B. Dick Professor of Economics and Business at Lake Forest College, discusses his research on how stadiums and games affect communities they're in.

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The Takeaway

Yankees Out After Being Defeated by Tigers

Friday, October 07, 2011

The Detroit Tigers are heading to the ALCS after edging out the New York Yankees 3-2 on Thursday night in a decisive winner take all game 5. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, The Takeaway's sports contributor, gives his analysis of the game.

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The Takeaway

NBA Cancels Preseason

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

NBA players and owners failed to end a labor dispute on Thursday, forcing the NBA to cancel its preseason, which was supposed to begin on November 1. Mitch Lawrence, NBA columnist for The New York Daily News, reports on the latest.

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The Takeaway

Weekend NFL Roundup

Monday, October 03, 2011

Week 4 of the new NFL season saw the Detroit Lions come back from 24 points down to beat the Dallas Cowboys, giving the Lions a 4-0 record. Nando di Fino, sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal, was watching all of yesterday's games and gives his analysis.

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The Takeaway

A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Reacts to Last Night's Upset

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Last night's unlikely win by the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees will go down in the history books. Robb Brown, owner of RaysBaseball.co, reacts to last night's win.

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The Takeaway

Football Season in Full Swing

Monday, September 26, 2011

A wild NFL Week 3 continues with Monday Night Football tonight as we look back at an early season which finds both the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills at an unlikely 3-0. In addition, comeback kid Michael Vick left yesterday's game with the Giants from a broken hand. Will he play again? Wall Street Journal sports writer Nando DiFino joins us to talk about the beginning of the season.

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WNYC News

Yankees Fortunes Rise, But Parking Garage Woes Continue

Sunday, September 25, 2011

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The New York Yankees are headed to the playoffs. But the company running Yankee Stadium's parking garages remains mired in a slump. With the baseball season just about over, the numbers are in: paying customers have filled only 45 percent of the stadium's 9,000 parking spots on game days this season.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ralph Branca's Moment in Time

Friday, September 23, 2011

Ralph Branca is best known for throwing the pitch that resulted in Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round the World,” the historic home run that capped an incredible comeback and won the pennant for the New York Giants in 1951. A Moment in Time details his remarkable story of a man who could have been destroyed by a very public professional embarrassment—but wasn’t. He discusses the golden era of baseball and the legendary players such as Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, and Walter O’Malley.

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The Takeaway

The Far-Reaching Influence of 'Moneyball'

Friday, September 23, 2011

What if there was a systematic method to develop the best baseball team? Eight years ago, Michael Lewis's book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game" exposed how Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s, found a way to turn a team with poor attendance and no money into a rag-tag contender with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. He did this by using readily available statistics. Since the book was published, the book's influence has not only extended to other baseball teams, but to other sectors. This weekend, a film adaptation is opening in theaters, with Brad Pitt as Billy Beane.

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The Takeaway

Yankees Relief Pitcher Rivera Sets Record

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera had arguably the most important moment of his career yesterday, in a game aginst the Minnesota Twins, when he surpassed Trevor Hoffman as the major league career leader in saves with 602. Rivera has been the Yankees' closer since 1997, so this milestone has been 15 years in the making.

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The Takeaway

Weekend NFL Roundup

Monday, September 19, 2011

One week into the new NFL season, the Falcons defeated the Eagles, the Titans took the Ravens, and more. Wall Street Journal sports writer Nando Di Fino watched all of yesterday's big games and gives his analysis.

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The Takeaway

Rivera Makes 600th Career Save

Thursday, September 15, 2011

On Tuesday night, New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera notched his 600th career save and came within one save of tying the all-time record, held by Trevor Hoffman. Is Rivera the best "closer" in baseball history? Lifelong Rivera observer and Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin gives his opinion.

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