Boston Herald sports columnist Howard Bryant is author of Juicing the Game. Baseball in the '90s — with greater profit and more record breakers than ever — has come to be known as "The Juiced Era." But the dark side has been the use of performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids.
Rose played in more than 500 games at five different positions. But he was banned from baseball 13 years ago when he was accused of gambling on the game. A new TV movie, Hustle, about Rose's fall, premieres this weekend on ESPN. This interview originally aired on Jan. 28, 2004.
Sokolove is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. His new book, The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw, is about the former baseball star whose drug addiction ended his career and the high school team he played for in South Central Los Angeles. Sokolove calls it the greatest assemblage of talent in the history of high school baseball.
He is the all-time hits leader with 4,256. He played in over 500 games at five different positions. But he was banned from baseball 13 years ago when he was accused of gambling on the game. In his new book "Peter Rose: My Prison Without Bars" (with Rick Hill) Rose admits for the first time that he gambled on baseball. Rose still hopes — and so do many of his supporters — that one day he will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (This interview continues in the second half of the show.)
Attorney and former Deputy Commissioner of Baseball, Stephen Greenberg. Hell discuss his father, legendary baseball player Hank Greenberg, who faced bigotry in the 1930s and 40s as Americas first Jewish baseball star. Greenberg played first base and outfield for the Detroit Tigers from 1933-46 and for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947. He helped the Tigers win the penant four times. The documentary about him, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (by Aviva Kempner) will air on Cinemax this month.
The Manager of the New York Yankees, Joe Torre. We revisit our conversation with Torre as the Yankees enter the third game of the American League Championship Series, in their pursuit of the 2000 World Series title. TORRE is the author of the book, "Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners: 12 Keys to managing Team Players, Tough Bosses, Setbacks, and Success" (Hyperion). (Original broadcast: November 30, 1999)
The Manager of the New York Yankees, Joe Torre. He just clinched his third World Series as the manager of the Yankees. Torre is the author of the new book, "Joe Torre's Ground Rules for Winners: 12 Keys to managing Team Players, Tough Bosses, Setbacks, and Success" (Hyperion).
Baseball legend Mickey Mantle. Terry talks with the Yankees' slugger, whose father had his career in pro baseball planned before he was born. Mantle played his entire 17-year career with one team, the New York Yankees. This was recorded in 1985.
Called by some baseball purists the finest first baseman in the game, Hernandez played with the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Mets, and the Cleveland Indians. He is the winner of eleven consecutive Golden Glove Awards for fielding, and played in two World Championships. He is author of Pure Baseball, an analysis of two 1993 match-ups, with play by play commentary, based on his seventeen years in the game. (Rebroadcast)