“I watch a lot of baseball on 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” 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.
Join James Walker on June 4th for our Clubhouse conversation…
RSVP required to attend.
Autographed and personalized copies of “Crack of the Bat” will be available for purchase. The author will sign only books purchased in the Clubhouse.
James Walker is a professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Communication at Saint Xavier University. He is the coauthor of “Centerfield Shot: A History of Baseball on Television” and “The Broadcast Television Industry.”