Archive for April 2014

“The star of Down to the Last Pitch is Tim Wendel, one of our game’s must-read writers.”

-John Thorn, official historian of Major League Baseball

Never before in baseball history had a team finished last and rallied to take the pennant the following season. Yet in 1991, lightning struck twice as the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves both reached the World Series.  Four of the games between the Twins and Braves were settled by “walk-off” runs.  Three of them, including the climactic Game Seven, went into extra innings.  And all seven games had memorable moments.

In Down to the Last Pitch, award-winning writer Tim Wendel brings to life these seven memorable games, weaving contemporary interviews with discussions decades later about this classic World Series, and teasing out fact from legend.

Tim Wendel was a founding editor of USA Today's Baseball Weekly, which was in its inaugural season when the 1991 Twins-Braves Series played out.  The highly acclaimed author of 11 books is currently writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University.

The first three-time author in the Clubhouse, Tim was previously here with High Heat and Summer of '68.  Listen in to this discussion of Down to the Last Pitch with one of the game's must-read writers... 

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On April 10th, the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse hosted the NY Giants Preservation Society's spring meeting.  Their special guests: Dusty Rhodes's children, Helane and Jeffrey.

They spoke, answered questions, mingled, exhibited one-of-a-kind memorabilia.

A special night in the Clubhouse.  A standing-room-only crowd.  Pull up a chair and listen in...

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Ted Williams wanted to be an immortal.  He arrived in Boston in 1939, a cocky 20-year-old phenom eager to become, in his words, the “greatest hitter who ever lived.”  Just two years later, his .406 batting average -- a mark that has never again been met -- backed up that claim.  In The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, Ben Bradlee, Jr., draws on numerous untapped sources to take us inside the clubhouse, the batter’s box, and beyond.  He reveals new details about Williams’s feelings of shame over his Mexican heritage, his war service, the rages that fueled his brilliance on the field but severely damaged his private life, and the bizarre family drama that played out after Ted’s death, when his body was cryonically preserved.  The Kid is the story of a man as big as his myth, the story of an exceptional, tumultuous and epic American life -- an immortal life.

Ben Bradlee Jr. spent 25 years with The Boston Globe.  As a deputy managing editor, Bradlee oversaw the Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.  He also reported overseas for The Globe from Afghanistan, South Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Vietnam.  Bradlee has written three previous books: “The Ambush Murders,” “Prophet of Blood,” and “Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North.”

To celebrate the start of Baseball Season 2014, a .400 hitter and a Pulitzer Prize-winner.  Join The Kid and Ben Bradlee Jr. in the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse...

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