AOT #273: Josh Chetwynd Podcasts The Secret History of Balls: The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce and Bat
Josh Chetwynd is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a staff reporter for USA Today and U.S. News & World Report. A former professional baseball player, he’s also broadcasted Major League Baseball games in Great Britain on BBC Radio. Chetwynd reads from and discusses his new book The Secret History of Balls: The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce and Bat. You may fancy yourself a sports fan, but chances are you don’t know: A fish eyeball was used as the center of some nineteenth-century baseballs? The race to make better billiard balls led to the invention of plastics? The Nerf ball was originally created to be part of a board game featuring cavemen? Chetwynd’s book mines these stories, and many more, from backyards to stadiums around the globe.
($13.95) Penguin ISBN #978-0-399-53674-8.