Media

I’m often asked to speak about all aspects of baseball — modern, historical, or statistical. If you’re a reporter working on a story, a student working on a paper, or a fan with a baseball question, please feel free to contact me. Here are a few recent interviews and clips:

Effectively Wild podcast: The Masked Swinger

effectively-wild-logoBy Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley
July 11, 2020
In this episode of EW, Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley talk to SABR’s Jacob Pomrenke on how the 1918 flu pandemic affected baseball, his research into a 1919 California Winter League game in which players (including a number of big leaguers) wore masks on the field, and the parallels between past and present pandemic responses in the United States. Click here to listen at FanGraphs.com.

How MLB is navigating the coronavirus pandemic to play ball

ESPN-logoBy Tonya Malinowski
May 19, 2020
ESPN examined the challenges facing MLB as it struggles to get back on the field. What emerges is like nothing that has been attempted in the history of American sport, less a baseball season than a military-style operation in which any number of variables could derail the plan, or, worse, contribute to the spread of the deadly disease. Click here to read the full article at ESPN.com.

Pro, college sports landscape about to go dark

AJC-logoBy Ken Sugiura
March 12, 2020
When Major League Baseball announced that it had immediately suspended its spring-training games and delayed the start of the season by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, the league was not acting without precedent. Click here to read the full article at AJC.com.

Cheating on America’s field of dreams is nothing new

The-Times-LogoBy Ben Hoyle
January 18, 2020
Almost a century after the most notorious fix in sport was exposed by a flurry of dramatic confessions, America’s “national pastime” is once again reckoning with scandal. By extraordinary coincidence baseball is involuntarily marking the centenary of the “Black Sox” scandal — centered on members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team — with another crisis that threatens the credibility of the sport. Click here to read the full article at TheTimes.co.uk.

Joseph ‘Sport’ Sullivan’s Little-Known Role In The Black Sox Scandal

NPR-Only-A-Game-logoBy Shira Springer
October 18, 2019
Just weeks before the 1919 World Series began, gambler Joseph “Sport” Sullivan and White Sox first baseman Chick Gandil looked out at the same view from the same windows at the Hotel Buckminster near Fenway Park in Boston. But who was Sport Sullivan, the man who helped hatch the biggest scandal in baseball history? How did he get in the middle of it, then essentially get away with it? Click here to listen to the full interview at NPR’s Only A Game.

The Sunday Edition: Revisiting the 1919 Black Sox Scandal

cbc-radio-logoBy Michael Enright
October 12, 2019
One hundred years ago this past week, eight Chicago White Sox, players took bribes from gamblers to fix the World Series. The heavily favoured White Sox lost the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, the conspiracy was revealed, and the eight White Sox players — thereafter known as the Black Sox — were banished from baseball for life. Jacob Pomrenke joined The Sunday Edition‘s Michael Enright for a conversation about the 1919 World Series and how historical research has debunked a number of myths about the Black Sox scandal. Click here to listen to the full interview at CBC.ca.

The baseball obsessives correcting the record about the 1919 Black Sox Scandal

the-athletic-logoBy Zach Buchanan
October 4, 2019
To the extent that you know any of the real history of the Black Sox, it is because of SABR’s Black Sox Scandal Research Committee. They, more than anyone else over the last 20 years, have chipped away at the bastardized version of events popularized by “Eight Men Out” in print and on film. Together and individually, committee members have written at least a dozen books on the subject, examining the scandal from various angles. They are the authorities. And if you still believe the myths of “Eight Men Out,” well, they would like your attention. Click here to read the full article at TheAthletic.com (subscription required).

Infamous America: The Black Sox Scandal

InfamousAmerica-BlackSox-logoBy Chris Wimmer
September 25, 2019
Season 2 of the Infamous America podcast series on the Black Sox Scandal hit No. 1 on Apple Podcasts’ history charts and more than 250,000 listeners tuned in to hear about the 1919 World Series in the summer of 2019. Produced and hosted by Chris Wimmer of Black Barrel Media, Infamous America debuted in August with a weekly six-episode narrative arc of the Black Sox Scandal, plus two bonus interviews with Jacob Pomrenke of SABR and Mike Nola of BlackBetsy.com. Listen to the series on your favorite podcast app or streaming service, or online at BlackBarrelMedia.com.


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