June 30 2014

“Stars and Strikes” with author Dan Epstein


America 1976.  Colorful. Complex. Combustible.  

A year of Bicentennial celebrations and presidential primaries, of Olympic glory and busing riots, of “killer bees” hysteria and Pong fever.  For both the nation and the national pastime, the year was revolutionary.

It was the craziest season of baseball’s most colorful decade.  A year which witnessed the “Big Red Machine,” the rise of the “Bronx Zoo”-era New York Yankees, the dismantling of the Oakland A’s dynasty, the onset of full-scale free agency, the outrageous antics of team owners Bill Veeck, Ted Turner, George Steinbrenner, and Charlie Finley -- all set against the star-spangled backdrop of America’s Bicentennial.

Listen in as author Dan Epstein visited the Clubhouse for this highly entertaining trip back to 1976...

Dan Epstein is an award-winning journalist, pop culture historian, and avid baseball fan who has written for Rolling Stone, SPIN, Men’s Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, MOJO, Guitar World, Revolver, LA Weekly and dozens of other publications.  He is the author of the acclaimed Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s.  A Detroit Tigers fan since the mid-70s, he adopted the Chicago Cubs as his National League team in 1980, for better and (mostly) worse.

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June 18 2014

NY Giants Preservation Society Presents: “1954″ with Bill Madden


On June 17th, the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse hosted the NY Giants Preservation Society's summer meeting.  Their special guest: Bill Madden.

The 2010 recipient of the Baseball Hall of Fame's J.G. Taylor Spink Award, Bill Madden has covered baseball for the New York Daily News for more than 30 years.

Listen in as Bill discussed his outstanding new book -- 1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever...

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June 10 2014

“Wrigley Field” with Pulitzer Prize-winner Ira Berkow


On a June evening, a Pulitzer Prize-winner returned to the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse.

This stunning tribute to Wrigley Field, written by journalist Ira Berkow, coincides with the 100th anniversary of “the one and only.”  Wrigley Field brilliantly and beautifully documents the stadium’s entire career through a decade-by-decade account, a priceless collection of historical photographs and memorabilia, and vivid first-person reminiscences of the people to whom this great place has meant so much.

Notable fans interviewed for this book include Barack Obama, Scott Turow, Joe Mantegna, Sara Paretsky, Jim Bouton, and George Will, among others. With a foreword by former major leaguer Kerry Wood and a preface by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, this is a keepsake book for all baseball fans.

Ira Berkow, a sports columnist and feature writer for The New York Times for 26 years, shared a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and was a Pulitzer finalist for Distinguished Commentary.  The author of 20 books, Ira was born and raised in Chicago, but has called New York home for many years.

An evening of storytelling in the Clubhouse with Pulitzer Prize-winner Ira Berkow.  Listen in...

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