Effectively Wild Episode 1536: Three Days at the Ballpark

Facing the prospect of a season without fans in the stands, Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley console themselves and fight baseball withdrawal by revisiting classic accounts of going to games. The authors of three revered books based on single games—Arnold Hano, the author of A Day in the Bleachers (1955), Dan Okrent, the author of Nine Innings (1985), and Rob Neyer, the author of Power Ball (2018)—join the show for a conversation about the enduring appeal of the genre their books belong to, the challenge of writing a book that describes a single game, the different approaches they took, the evolution of baseball’s spectator experience, Arnold’s memories of going to games in the 1920s and 1930s and seeing legends like Babe Ruth, Mel Ott, and Carl Hubbell, baseball’s capacity to offer comfort, and more.

Audio intro: Dan Bern, "A Day at the Ballgame"
Audio outro: Dan Bern, "Love, War and a Baseball Game"

Link to A Day in the Bleachers
Link to Nine Innings
Link to Power Ball
Link to 1954 World Series Game 1 box score
Link to June 10, 1982 Brewers-Orioles box score
Link to September 8, 2017 A’s-Astros box score
Link to previous interview with Rob about Power Ball
Link to video of Mays catch
Link to speech about Arnold at his Shrine of the Eternals induction
Link to info on documentary about Arnold
Link to Hano! A Century in the Bleachers
Link to A Secret Love
Link to Ben and Travis Q&A
Link to order The MVP Machine

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