Books Featured On Podcast

Andy Strasberg is the author of My 1961. Andy grew up in the Bronx and unlike all of his friends who were Mickey Mantle fans, Strasberg loved Roger Maris. In 1961 he began to make daily journal entries that chronicled his life as a 13 year old Yankee fan, trips to Yankee Stadium with his Father and friends and vivid details of his dreams to 1. Meet Roger Maris. 2. Be given a game used bat by Roger Maris. 3. Be given one of Roger's home run balls. What followed that year and beyond, greatly exceeded even Strasberg's wild expectations. If you love baseball history, with many twists and turns, you will love this book!

Click here to order your copy of the book. Click here for Andy's new book Home Runs: Tales of Tonks. Taters. Contests and Derbies.

Click here to listen to Andy on the Lost Ballparks podcast.


Author Rick Vaughn's new book "100 years of Baseball on St. Petersburg's Waterfront", is a fascinating account of the Florida west coast city hosting some of baseball's all-time greats, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Bob Gibson and so many others. He recently joined me on the Lost Ballparks podcast. Click here to listen to our conversation. Click here to check out the book.


Michael Ortman is the author of the book "Opening Day: 50 for 50". Beginning in 1970, Ortman attended 50 straight opening day games. If this book doesn't get you hyped up for the best day in baseball, I'm not sure what will!

Click here to order your copy of the book. It's one of the best baseball books I have read in a year! You won't regret it! Click here to listen to Michael on the Lost Ballparks podcast.


Acclaimed photographer Jean Fruth's beautiful new book “Grassroots Baseball: Route 66”. featuring over 250 captivating images, is a celebration and illumination of America’s pastime in the small towns and large cities that connect the historic highway. Click here to find out more about the book.
And here to listen to Jean and former President of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Jeff Idelson on the Lost Ballparks podcast.


For 41 years Ted Leitner was a beloved member of the San Diego Padres broadcast team. Click here to check out Ted's book, "Ted Talks: Uncle Teddy's Fond Memories, Crazy Stories and Heartfelt Reflections." as told to John Freeman.

And here to listen to Ted share stories from the book on the Lost Ballparks podcast.