'Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series that Changed Baseball', by author Luke Epplin, is a captivating read that weaves the origins, backgrounds, motivations, and legends of Larry Doby, Satchel Paige, Bob Feller, and Bill Veeck together just as they unify to carry Cleveland to the 1948 World Series title. It's the last World Series championship Cleveland has won. It's also one that captivated the country and signaled a history shift for Major League Baseball. Epplin grew up in Illinois, about an hour outside of St. Louis, on tales of the St. Louis Browns, and he became a "die-hard Cardinals fan," his words, watching Ozzie Smith & Co. flip through the league in the 1980s. Epplin joins BPIB host and Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to discuss his book, the route that took him from St. Louis fan to Cleveland chronicler, and how the story of the '48 team reconnected him with baseball and resonates with the situation the game is in today.
The Best Podcast in Baseball, sponsored by Closets by Design of St. Louis, is a production of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.
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Hot-hitting third baseman played for Shildt and Clapp for two years apiece in Cardinals' minor league system.
A look at the lineup manager Clapp fielded, from opening day to the Triple-A championship, show the muscle the Cardinals' organization had and why it's scattered elsewhere.