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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 this year's CASEY Award.
Episode #52: March 23, 2020
This week's guest is SABR member Jason Turbow, the best-selling author of three baseball books, They Bled Blue on the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers; Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic on the 1970s Oakland A's; and The Baseball Codes on the game's unwritten rules. His byline has appeared regularly at Wired.com, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Magazine, Slam Magazine, and many other websites. For three years, he served as content director for Giants Today, a full-page supplement in the San Francisco Chronicle that was published in conjunction with every Giants home game.
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What's Rob reading this week?
Dodger Stadium is an American icon. But the story of how it came to be goes far beyond baseball. The hills that cradle the stadium were once home to three vibrant Mexican American communities. In the early 1950s, those communities were condemned to make way for a utopian public housing project. Then, in a remarkable turn, public housing in the city was defeated amidst a Red Scare conspiracy. Instead of getting their homes back, the remaining residents saw the city sell their land to Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now LA would be getting a different sort of utopian fantasy — a glittering, ultra-modern stadium.
- Also reading: Michael Clair: "Ever wanted to live inside a baseball stadium? Here's your chance" (MLB.com)
- Read more: Click here to check out Rob's full list of book recommendations on Goodreads.com
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Episode #50: Bob Costas (March 9, 2020)
Episode #49: Rob Nelson (March 2, 2020)
Episode #48: Todd Radom (February 24, 2020)
Episode #47: Bill Ripken (February 17, 2020)
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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