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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard Peterson  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Illinois Connection

Peterson is a professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Peterson is a professor emeritus and former chair of the English Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the founding editor of the SIU Press ''Writing Baseba''ll series and the ''Crab Orchard Review''. He is the current editor of the Kent State University Press Writing Sports series. His essays on baseball have appeared in the ''Chicago Tribune'' and the ''Pittsburgh Post-Gazette'', his home town newspaper. He is also the commentator for the "Reading Baseball" series on WSIU-FM and for other baseball features on the NPR Illini Network. His books include ''Extra Innings: Writing on Baseball'' and ''The Pirates Reader''.


Commentator: Reading Baseball Series(WSIU-FM) Carbondale, Illinois

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Extra innings :
ISBN: 0252069609. OCLC Number: 45015743

University of Illinois Press,. .

Where is the truth about baseball to be found? In nostalgic stories of the timeless bond woven between fathers and sons on the ball field? Or in stinging exposes about manipulative owners, abusive coaches, and greedy players?

The Pirates reader /
ISBN: 0822959704. OCLC Number: 890708737

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Whether winning world championships or falling into last place, fielding teams with Hall of Fame players or trotting out bumbling boys of summer, the Pittsburgh Pirates have thrilled, frustrated, and fascinated generations of fans since 1876. To date, the Pirates have won five World Series and have a total of thirty-six players and managers in the Hall of Fame-including Honus Wagner, Pie Traynor, Lloyd and Paul Waner, Ralph Kiner, Willie Stargell, Roberto Clemente, and Bill Mazeroski. The Pirates Reader is a tribute to the fans, players, and teams who have forged the franchise's rich histor.