Baseball Banter Archives

Here we have archived our past Baseball Banter chats, where your favorite authors participated in a live chat about their latest articles. Be sure to check the Baseball Banter calendar on the home page or our Baseball Banter page for the dates and times of upcoming chats.

Pat Scantlebury, the Ancient Rookie

Wed., Mar. 22, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, many Negro League players signed contracts with Major League teams, and the aging stars found it challenging to extend their careers in the Ma

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The 1934 Encores—Carl Hubbell and Satchel Paige Prevail

Mon., Mar. 20, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET

Pitchers—Carl Hubbell and Satchel Paige—steal the show in the 1934 MLB and East-West All-Star Games.

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Babe Pinelli: Far From a One-Pitch Posterity

Fri., March 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET

Ending his career with a bang, Babe Pinelli’s last game behind the plate was Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

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Carved in Stone? Revisiting the 1949 AL Batting Race

Wed., Mar. 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. ET.

In 1949, George Kell won the American League batting race with a batting average of .34291, edging out Ted Williams (.34276) by a very, very narrow margin—.00015.

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Whither Who’s Who? The End of a Classic Baseball Book

Wed., Mar. 15, 2017, 2:00 p.m. ET

With most baseball guides now online, the hard copy annual Who’s Who in Baseball is something of a relic—its future uncertain.

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The Negro Leagues East-West All-Star Game

Mon., Mar. 13, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET

In part 6, Dickson recounts the “Game of Games,” which pitted the best of the East against the best of the West in the first Negro Leagues All-Star Game.

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Lon Warneke: A Most Judicious Pitcher

Fri., March 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET

A calming presence on the mound as a player, Lon Warneke appeared in the 1933 All-Star Game, striking out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

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The Great Al Simmons: Remembering the Philadelphia Athletics Star

Wed., Mar. 8, 2017, 9:00 p.m. ET

The surly Al Simmons, a favorite of the great Connie Mack, had a stellar career as a player and coach in Major League Baseball, but today he is often overlooked.

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A Modest Proposal

Mon., Mar. 6, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET

As Paul Dickson describes in part 5 of his series on the history of MLB All-Star Games, while Cubs President William Veeck Sr.

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Ken Burkhart: The One-Call Legacy and Instant Replay

Fri., March 3, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET

As Schechter outlines in part 6 of his series, pitcher turned umpire Ken Burkhart is best known or a play at the plate in Game 1 of the 1970 World Series that sparked lively dis

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