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Remembering MLB Pitcher Bob Gibson

The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, who died Oct. 2, holds the record for most strikeouts — 17 — in a World Series game. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1994 and again, with slugger Reggie Jackson, in 2009.

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R.A. Dickey On 'Winding Up' As A Knuckleballer

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is currently the only knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues. His memoir, Wherever I Wind Up, explains how his life -- and career -- have mimicked the unpredictable trajectory of the difficult pitch he throws game after game.

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Reggie Jackson And Bob Gibson Talk Baseball.

Jackson and Gibson never faced each other on the field, but between them they have seven World Series rings. In their book, Sixty Feet, Six Inches, the two Hall of Famers tell stories about Willie Mays and the World Series and discuss modern controversies including steroids and free agency.

This interview originally aired Oct. 12, 2009.

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Reggie Jackson, Bob Gibson Slug It Out

What do you get when you combine a champion pitcher with a five-time World Series slugger? Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson duke it out in their new book Sixty Feet, Six Inches.

27:14

Writer and Editor Roger Angell

Writer and editor Roger Angell has been a fiction editor at The New Yorker for over 40 years. And has written about baseball for the magazine for decades. His pieces about baseball have been collected in four books including Late Innings and The Summer Game. Angell new book is A Pitcher Story: Innings with David Cone (Warner Books). Cone is a celebrated pitcher, a Cy Young Award winner, and one of sixteen men in history to pitch a perfect game. Last year, pitching for the Yankees, Cone experienced his first major slump. Angell chronicles Cone struggle in his book.

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Former Major Leaguer Keith Hernandez

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)

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