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19th-Century Baseball Lives On In Bay Area Parks

Aug 14, 2019
Kristi Coale / KALW News

 


Bay Area Vintage Baseball — a game devoted to playing by 19th-century rules, with uniforms and equipment from the same era — attracts players seeking a sport that looks beyond wins and losses.

Did The Wave Start At The Oakland Coliseum?

Aug 8, 2019
Bo Walsh


If you’ve ever attended a professional sporting event, there’s a good chance at some point you have found yourself rising to your feet with hands raised in rhythm with thousands of other fans. It’s a phenomenon known simply as “the Wave. ”

Courtesy of the Oakland Athletics

From Audiograph, signature sounds of the Bay Area:

The Bay Area has a rich pro sports scene with distinctive voices who bring us all the action.

CC Flickr user Matt Straton, resized and recropped

From San Quentin Radio:

Cleo Cloman has spent over two decades behind bars for murder. He grew up in a two parent household and had dreams of playing professional baseball.  After a rocky relationship with his father, he lost his passion for the sport and found a new pursuit: the streets.

Why are the Oakland A’s so good this year?

Aug 6, 2018
Erik Drost, used under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped

 

The Oakland A’s last won the World Series almost 30 years ago. Since then, there hasn’t been that much to cheer about. They’re a low-budget ballclub in a deep-pocketed league. Every time a player starts to get good, he gets shipped out because they won’t be able to afford to keep him. It’s enough to make a fan not want to go to a game. 

A’s celebrate 50 years in the Town

Aug 6, 2018
Courtesy of the Oakland Museum of California

 

The Oakland A’s have won four World Series titles. The Oakland Museum of California examines one series in an exhibit that celebrates the semicentennial of the baseball franchise’s tenure in the Town.

 

The Bridge: Behind the scenes at AT&T Park

Jul 22, 2016
Kyle Trefny

We hear two stories from the home of the San Francisco Giants - AT&T Park. First, we meet the Spanish-language broadcast team of the Giants -  or Los Gigantes - and then we spend time with the man who keeps the ballpark organ pipes singing.

David Martin

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Pete Nowlen: an orchestral and chamber musician, and the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (SFLGFB).  SFLGFB presents a Broadway tune sing along concert and fundraiser on May 14th.

Weekend Go-Tos for July 2, 2015

Jul 2, 2015

If you are not looking for a good spot to view fireworks this weekend, we have some alternative ideas on what to do around the Bay Area.

Paul Brekke-Miesner

The Bay Area was well represented in Super Bowl XLIX. The MVP, Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady, is from San Mateo. His favorite target, Julian Edelmen, is from Redwood City. And the man who could have won the game for the Seahawks, running back Marshawn Lynch, went to high school at Oakland Tech. In fact, Oakland has an especially rich history of athletes making it to the pros.

The San Quentin All-Stars and their field of dreams

Oct 30, 2014
San Rafael Pacifics Blog: http://sanrafaelpacifics.wordpress.com

KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report, a series of stories focusing on the experiences of these men, written and produced by those living inside the prison's walls.

Ben Trefny

Visiting AT&T Park before the San Francisco Giants host a World Series game provides a fascinating juxtaposition of feelings. It's all about anticipation.

San Francisco's "Field of Greens" at AT&T Park

Sep 29, 2014
San Francisco Giants

Behind a wall in a park in San Francisco, there’s a large and thriving vegetable garden. That might not seem like such a big deal. But the park is AT&T Park, the wall is the centerfield wall, and the veggies that grow there are served up to hungry fans of the San Francisco Giants.

Photo by Chris Hoff

All week long, we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Beyond All Boundaries

Nov 13, 2013
khelnama.com

Do you find the sport "Cricket" to be baffling?  As the documentary Beyond All Boundaries , the definitive Cricket documentary, can help. In fact, it's easier to relate to than you might think. Sandip Roy takes to the pitch.

The San Francisco Giants, today, won a dramatic, do-or-die playoff game against the Cincinnati Reds. MVP candidate Buster Posey hit a grand slam in the 6 to 4 victory. The Giants won three straight elimination games on the road, and now move on to the penultimate playoff series, beginning Sunday night, October 14th. In Oakland, meanwhile, in just about an hour-and-a-half, the A's have their own must-win game against the Detroit Tigers. All the excitement has San Francisco Chronicle reporter Scott Ostler thinking this is not just one of the best days in Bay Area baseball history.

Oakland A's pitcher Travis Blackley was watching video of the Texas Rangers this summer, preparing to make a start against the league's premier offense, the very one standing in the way of the A's and the American League playoffs. Blackley was deep in study, identifying tendencies, looking for weaknesses in the reigning pennant winner's armor. He looked at a season's worth of at-bats, contemplated dozens of pitchers' approaches.

This American Life: "Crime Scene"

Jun 4, 2012

Every crime scene hides a story.  On this week's This American Life, hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell. 

Sometimes criminals return to the scene of their misdeeds—to try to make things right, to try to undo the past. Katie Davis reports on her neighbor Bobby, who returned to the scene where he robbed people and conned people...to coach Little League.  Wednesday at Noon on KALW.

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Sports aren’t for everyone. And baseball, in particular, can be a hard sell. The baseball season has 162 games, and these games feel like they last forever – the players always seem to do a lot of standing around and spitting, never much actual playing.

So why is it the national pastime? Any fan might tell you it’s about the skill of the game – strategy combined with athleticism.

But it’s more than that.