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Episode #48: February 24, 2020
This week's guest is Todd Radom, an independent graphic designer who has created logos for professional sports franchises and events for the past two decades. Todd’s work includes the official logos for Super Bowl XXXVIII and the 2009 NBA All Star Game, the graphic identities for the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels, and the SABR 49 and SABR 50 convention logos, among many others. He is the author of Winning Ugly: A Visual History of the Most Bizarre Baseball Uniforms Ever Worn and in 2017 he designed a highly acclaimed season ticket package for the Chicago White Sox that is now preserved at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He has contributed articles for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Sporting News, MLB Network, and ESPN.
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What's Rob reading this week?
The Cactus League: A Novel
By Emily Nemens
Jason Goodyear is the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Lions, stationed with the rest of his team in the punishingly hot Arizona desert for their annual spring training. Handsome, famous, and talented, Goodyear is nonetheless coming apart at the seams. And the coaches, writers, wives, girlfriends, petty criminals, and diehard fans following his every move are eager to find out why―as they hide secrets of their own. Emily Nemens's The Cactus League unravels the tightly connected web of people behind a seemingly linear game. Narrated by a sportscaster, Goodyear’s story is interspersed with tales of Michael Taylor, a batting coach trying to stay relevant; Tamara Rowland, a resourceful spring-training paramour, looking for one last catch; Herb Allison, a legendary sports agent grappling with his decline; and a plethora of other richly drawn characters, all striving to be seen as the season approaches. It’s a journey that, like the Arizona desert, brims with both possibility and destruction.
- Also reading: David Waldstein: "He Let the Astros Players Slide. Now He’s Paying for It." (New York Times)
- Read more: Click here to check out Rob's full list of book recommendations on Goodreads.com
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Episode #46: Mark Rucker (February 10, 2020)
Episode #45: Don Zminda (February 3, 2020)
Episode #44: Alyson Footer (January 27, 2020)
Episode #43: Jacob Pomrenke, Jason Turbow, Joe Sheehan (January 20, 2020)
Episode #42: Joe Posnanski (January 13, 2020)
Episode #41: Mark Armour (January 6, 2020)
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