Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The St. Louis Browns: The Story of a Beloved Team”

Did you know that in 1951 the St. Louis Browns’ Ned Garver received a call from a reporter with the Washington Post to congratulate him on winning the MVP award? A day later it was announced that Yogi Berra won the award. Did you know that in the 1944, in the movie “Going My Way,” Bing Crosby wore a St. Louis Browns jacket and cap? ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Walls of Lucca”

It is always such a treat to have a fellow broadcaster join us to talk about a book he has written. Today it is Steve Physioc of the Royals broadcast team. Steve has been in the professional play by play business since 1983 with the Reds, Giants, Angels, ESPN and now the Royals. With the support of his family, he undertook a long look at ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Killers of the Flower Moon”

The depth of evil and inhumanity found in “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” is so deep that it could not be fiction - no one would believe it. David Grann is an investigative reporter, a staff writer for the New Yorker and an author. He approaches this work to tell us what happened at the turn ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Eternity Street”

John Faragher is a noted historian, particularly regarding the American west. His biography of Daniel Boone is considered a seminal work. “Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles” may gain the same reputation. This is the story of the wild west, in all its horror, set in L.A., well before the Dodge City stories came to be. California became a territory in 1848 ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “When Pride Still Mattered”

Tom Hamilton is the “Voice of the Tribe” - the radio voice of the Indians. He is in his 28th year with the team and is one of the reasons working in this business is so much fun. Laughing with Tom, who carriers a magical sense of humor, is worth a least a month longer in your life. He had the entire crew in the ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Taking of K-129”

Truth is often stranger than fiction which is why history novels are so fun to read. That is the case with “The Taking of K-129.” K-129 was a Russian sub lost at sea and found by the U.S. The CIA decided it was worth trying to bring the sub up to find its secrets - but how? That is the subject matter of this book. ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Alou: My Baseball Journey”

Buck Showalter’s comments on Felipe Alou are on the back cover of “Alou: My Baseball Journey.” When the Orioles skipper received an advance copy, he was kind enough to let me read it. I’m glad he did. This is an important book. This is a Jackie Robinson story from a different place in a different time. The baseball stories are here. Three Alou brothers playing ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The American Spirit”

“The American Spirit” is the latest in David McCullough’s writings on the lineage of American history. There are few authors I run to the bookstore for to acquire their latest work, but he is one of them. The book contains 15 speeches of McCullough given before Congress, at the White House and to college graduates. Each contains historical matter relevant to the location of the ... read more