Archives: Baseball

Hank Greenberg: Baseball’s Hebrew Hammer

Five-time All Star and MVP Hank Greenberg caused quite a stir in 1934 when he refused to play during Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Greenberg endured fierce anti-Semitism from fellow athletes, at a time when prejudice went largely unquestioned. This hour we’ll examine Greenberg’s indelible legacy on America’s national pastime.

Race to Home Plate: Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson

A new biopic about Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball, opens Friday. The movie stars Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who signed Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. In this hour of All Sides, we’ll take a look at Branch Rickey’s legacy, and how he broke baseball’s color barrier.

Summer of ’68: A Season of Major League Changes

By all accounts, 1968 was a difficult year for America. But while the country was reeling from the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, and split in half by the Vietnam War, our national pastime was bringing us together. In this hour of All Sides, we’ll take a deeper look at a baseball season that changed everything.

Opening Day for the Columbus Clippers Baseball Team

Do you know where baseball signals and the ballpark hot dog originated? You may be surprised to know they both got their start here in Columbus. Today, we celebrate Opening Day for the Columbus Clippers and all of Major League Baseball with a conversation about baseball history.

Baseball: The History of the Fastball

Baseball is still known as “America’s favorite pastime.” Now, during the height of baseball season, we’ll talk about the evolution of one of the most fascinating parts of the sport, the fastball.