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09:05

Remembering 'New Yorker' editor and renowned baseball writer Roger Angell

Angell's writing earned him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame, when he received a career excellence award in 2014. He died May 20 at the age of 101. Originally broadcast in 2001.

Obituary
18:24

The 'Secret History' Of Baseball's Earliest Days

Baseball's official historian, John Thorn, sets the record straight on the game's earliest days ...in the 1700s. Yes, that's right, baseball started decades before Abner Doubleday supposedly created the game at Cooperstown -- and it only became popular when professional gamblers took an interest.

Interview
35:58

Zack Hample: When Fandom Becomes a Career

Zack Hample, an obsessive baseball fan, has by his own count snagged 3,123 baseballs at 42 different major league stadiums. And he's turned his obsession with the game into a career, giving tours of stadiums, appearing on TV and radio and writing books — including Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks.

Interview
21:10

Former Major Leaguer Keith Hernandez

Called by some baseball purists the finest first baseman in the game, Keith Hernandez played with the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Mets, and the Cleveland Indians. He is the winner of 11 consecutive Golden Glove Awards for fielding, and played in two World Championships. Hernandez is the author of the book Pure Baseball: Pitch by Pitch for the Advanced Fan. His newest book First Base Hero (Golden Books) is a childrens book about a boy who wants to grow up to play major league baseball. This interview first aired on February 24, 1994.

Interview

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