Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Color Blind”

There are unlikely stories, and “Color Blind” by Tom Dunkel is one of them. During the Great Depression, in of all places, Bismarck, N.D., a car dealership owner named Neil Churchill decided to put together the best baseball team he could with players from everywhere and nowhere. This was an age of town teams and Sunday doubleheaders that were taken very seriously. Churchill wanted to ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “Markings”

Why would a middle school student become interested in Dag Hammarskjöld? I have no idea, but I was, and have through this life held this man and his work in the highest esteem. Hammarskjöld was the second United Nations secretary-general, appointed in 1953. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961, shortly after his death in a plane crash while he was on his ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt”

Dave Sims is the television voice of the Seattle Mariners. He has been so for a dozen years. Our friendship goes back to our days in New York when he was doing an NBC nightly sports talk show and I was doing the Mets and New Jersey Devils. I am very happy it is a friendship that has endured. When in Baltimore recently, he graciously ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Razor’s Edge”

“The Razor’s Edge” by W. Somerset Maugham was published in 1944 and sold over 3 million copies, remaining on the best seller list for a year and a half. Many consider this to be Maugham at his best. Maugham moved from fact to fiction in his stories effortlessly. So many of his works carry pieces of himself. That may be true for all writers, but ... read more

Hitting the Books with Gary Thorne: “The Unwinding”

“The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America” by George Packer was published in 2013, but it is just as important now as it was then to understanding where our inner soul is as a nation. Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of other books that reflect on recent history in the U.S. In the prologue to this ... read more

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