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.

Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character

Tues., Apr. 4, 2017, 2:00 p.m. ET

As a player, Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel’s contemporaries included Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, and Christy Mathewson . . .

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Earl Weaver Always Knew Cal Ripken Jr. Was a Shortstop

With Rob Neyer
Mon., Apr. 3, 2017, 2:00 p.m. ET

In part 2 of his series on significant managerial moves in Major League Baseball, Rob Neyer examines how Earl Weaver handled prospect Cal Ripken Jr. in 1981.

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Ballparks We Miss (at Least in Theory): Comiskey Park, 1910–1990

Wed., Mar. 29, 2017, 6:00 p.m. ET

When baseball fans think of Chicago ballparks, Wrigley Field likely comes to mind.

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The Tale of Two All-Star Games, 1935–1962

Mon., Mar. 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET

In part 8, Dickson describes how Ted Williams’s heroics in 1941 solidified the All-Star Game’s midseason interest, and how Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, and Lar

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Connie Mack Makes His Mark on the 1929 World Series

With Rob Neyer
Fri., March 24, 2017, 2:00 p.m. ET

Rob Neyer begins his 10-part series on notable Major League managerial moves by taking a look at Connie Mack.

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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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