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Ray Doswell graduated from Monmouth College in 1991 before working on his master's degree at the University of California, Riverside. As Doswell completed his graduate studies he wrote to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, telling them he needed a job.

KATIE PEIKES / IPR

It's a warm and humid summer night in late June in Correctionville. Girls and boys and playing softball and baseball in the small rural western Iowa town. Families have spaced out on the bleachers to watch. Some crowd behind the fence at home plate in lawn chairs. 

Major League Baseball is considering a plan that would eliminate 42 teams from the minor leagues: and some local teams are among them.

This baseball season marks 100 years since what may be the darkest moment in the history of our national pastime.

Some members of the Chicago White Sox, including the great Shoeless Joe Jackson, threw the World Series.  The story has become well known through a book, and later a movie titled “Eight Men Out”, named for the number of players later banned from baseball for their roles in the gambling scheme. 

But does that story match reality?  New research sheds light on what took place -- and what didn’t. 

SPRINGFIELD – Blue vs. red, bear vs. bird, north vs. south – the competition between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals has divided Illinois for generations. Now the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will offer an exciting new look at this piece of baseball history in “Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry.”

Rich Egger

I think that if I had to pick my first love it would be baseball. As a child, my walls were covered with pictures of ball players before they were covered with pictures of actors and musicians. I quickly found a love for Ryne Sandberg and the National League in my American League home state and from that point on became a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.

Some of the earliest memories I have with my dad are related to baseball. Every Sunday after church, we would sit in the car waiting for my mom to finish getting "just a few things" at the store and listen to Herb Carneal's play-by-plays of the Minnesota Twins on WCCO radio.

Negro Leagues Author in Keokuk

Jan 29, 2015
Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

An acclaimed baseball author is traveling the country, sharing tales of some of the best players and teams of the Negro Leagues.

Wage Theft in Baseball

Jul 16, 2014
Rich Egger

Two days after Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game, the contest at Minneapolis’ Target Field is over but the contest between owners and their employees who aren’t players is in extra innings.

It’s still Spring, but the Summer game’s back, with some changes and much tradition.

For baseball fans, even an active off-season “Hot Stove League” by itself is no substitute for action on the diamonds.

“The Game of the Year”

Aug 2, 2012

Baseball teams from Macomb and Colchester were scheduled to play a five-game series in mid-1921.

The series was tied 2-2 after four games with the deciding 5th game scheduled for September 11.

The game was played at the Macomb fairgrounds in front of more than 1,600 people.

The contest was about to begin when a car pulled up and three of the infamous Chicago Black Sox (Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ed Cicotte and Swede Risberg) got out and joined the Colchester team.