Jim Leeke – The Best Team Over There: The Untold Story of Grover Cleveland Alexander and the Great War
Biography , Sports , WWI / April 19, 2021

  April 19, 2021 – How did the trauma of the First World War follow a baseball legend home, sending both his game and his life into downward spirals? Returning to introduce us to this tragic Hall of Famer is Jim Leeke, who brings us The Best Team Over There: The Untold Story of Grover Cleveland Alexander and the Great War. Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander is a legendary name in baseball, but a key factor in his career — months of service as an artillery sergeant in the Great War — has been overlooked.  Jim is a contributor to the Society for American Baseball Research Baseball Biography Project, as well as the writer or editor of several books on U.S. and military history. Visit our archives wherever you’re watching or listening now for my previous conversations with Jim Leeke. Howell’s Storm: New York City’s Official Rainmaker and the 1950 Drought Nine Innings for the King: The Day Wartime London Stopped for Baseball, July 4, 1918 From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball During the Great War Matty Boy: A Civil War Novel for Young Readers Follow Jim on Twitter at the handles @JimLeeke and @WW1Baseball. Podcast: Download (Duration: 54:22 —…

Louis Picone – Grant’s Tomb: The Epic Death of Ulysses S. Grant and the Making of an American Pantheon
American Presidents / April 5, 2021

  April 5, 2021 – How did the general who saved the Union and served two terms as president, earn so much love from the nation that they memorialized him with what’s the largest mausoleum in the Western Hemisphere? We explore this story with Louis Picone in Grant’s Tomb: The Epic Death of Ulysses S. Grant and the Making of an American Pantheon. Louis and I previously caught up to discuss his books Where the Presidents Were Born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces and The President is Dead! The Extraordinary Stories of the Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burials, and Beyond. In Grant’s Tomb, he examines how Americans memorialized one of the most significant leaders in history, and how that man defied a death sentence from cancer to write his epic memoir and provide for his wife and family. Learn more about our guest at LouisPicone.com, or connect with him across social media platforms LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 53:59 — 49.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More