“I watch a lot of baseball on the radio.” -President Gerald R. Ford
Radio has brought the sounds of baseball into homes for almost one hundred years. The first All-Star Game, Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech, Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round the World.” Red Barber, Vin Scully, Harry Caray, Ernie Harwell, Bob Uecker, and dozens of other beloved announcers helped cement the love affair between radio and the national pastime.
Crack of the Bat: A History of Baseball on the Radio takes readers from the 1920s to the present. Despite cable television’s ubiquity, live video streaming, and social media, radio remains an important medium through which fans engage with their teams. Even in changing times, the familiar sounds of the ball hitting the glove and the satisfying crack of the bat stay the same.
Pull up a chair and listen in to our Clubhouse conversation with James Walker. An evening well spent...