Mr. Brashler converses with Studs about his research for the novel and the players he had spoken with to gather information for the book. The novel tells the story of a baseball team that revolts from a tyrannical Negro League owner and spends the 1939 season barnstorming around the Midwest. Includes two excerpts of a Cool Papa Bell interview talking about their travel as "barnstormers". Studs and Mr. Brashler read several exchanges of dialogue from the book.
According to Roger Angell, a baseball game should be savored. There's too much emphasis on winning and greed is the reason why the season is too long and played in the cold are among Angell's reflections in his book, "Late Innings: A Baseball Companion".
Drugs, painkillers, football contracts and survival are all covered in Pete Gent's book, "North Dallas Forty". Gent said the business of football meant players would take painkillers and abuse their bodies with drugs all the in of doing whatever was necessary to win a game. An excerpt of an interview with George Allen is included.
Eliot Asinof, author, discusses his book, "Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series." Asinof talks about some of the Black Sox team members and their stories through the games, the sensation, and the trial. Early American baseball players such as Babe Ruth and Connie Mack and reporters such as Ring Larder are also mentioned.