SABRcast with Rob Neyer

Baseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer. SABRcast features insights and analysis of what’s happening in modern baseball on and off the field, plus compelling interviews with figures from around the game — and music from The Baseball Project.

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Neyer is a longtime baseball writer and editor for ESPN.com, SB Nation, and FoxSports.com. He began his career as a research assistant for groundbreaking baseball author Bill James and later worked for STATS, Inc. He has also written or co-written seven baseball books, including The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers (with Bill James), winner of the Sporting News/SABR Baseball Research Award, and most recently Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game, winner of the 2019 CASEY Award.

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Episode #67: July 6, 2020

Bill NowlinThis week’s guest is Bill Nowlin, a prolific historian of the Boston Red Sox and a member of SABR’s Board of Directors since 2004. He is the author of Working a “Perfect Game”: Conversations With Umpires and more than 75 other baseball books, including dozens published by the SABR Digital Library. He has contributed hundreds of articles to SABR’s BioProject. He is also one of three founders of Rounder Records, one of America’s most successful independent record labels and a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. He was the 2011 winner of the Bob Davids Award, SABR’s highest honor.

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What’s Rob Reading?

The Integration of the Pacific Coast League, by Amy Essington

The Integration of the Pacific Coast League: Race and Baseball on the West Coast
By Amy Essington

While Jackie Robinson’s 1947 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers made him the first African American to play in the Major Leagues in the modern era, the rest of Major League Baseball was slow to integrate while its Minor League affiliates moved faster. The Pacific Coast League (PCL), a Minor League with its own social customs, practices, and racial history, and the only legitimate sports league on the West Coast, became one of the first leagues in any sport to completely desegregate all its teams. Although far from a model of racial equality, the Pacific Coast states created a racial reality that was more diverse and adaptable than in other parts of the country.

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Episode #53: Joan Ryan (March 30, 2020)

Episode #52: Jason Turbow (March 23, 2020)

Episode #51: John Dewan (March 16, 2020)

Episode #50: Bob Costas (March 9, 2020)

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