Happy 4th of July Weekend!

Writer/artist Anika Orrock discusses The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, plus tales of a catcher who would not ask forgiveness and an interaction between a policeman and four African American soldiers in New York in the interregnum between Jackie Robinson’s signing and his debut.

John Roseboro’s Pledge*Between Jackie Robinson and the Deep Blue Sea: Freeport, New York, 1946*Anika Orrock: In the Pandemic Book Club*A Book that Operates on Two Levels: Approaching the Art*When the Words Come Through to You*Some of the Best Cartoons in History*Illustration vs. Photographs*The Simplistic Complexity of Peanuts*The AAGPBL and Baseball vs. Softball*WAVES, WACS, and WASPS (plus the WNBA)*Women’s Sports Can Be Its Own Thing*The “Paranoia of Masculinity” in WWII*The Joy of the AAGPBL, and the Loss of It*“A League of Their Own”*“No Pants-Wearing Softballers”/“A Secret Love” documentary*Goodbyes.

The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game’s present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they’ll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can’t get anybody out?

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