American Innings: History Through the Eyes of Baseball

Welcome to American Innings, an extensive collection of baseball history, interviews, stories and more, created to engage and educate adults and youth through a unique perspective on American history.

Marty Lurie, beloved and respected baseball historian and sports radio personality, brings history to life through the game of baseball. Marty’s unparalleled knowledge of the game, and his rapport with the entire baseball community, allow him to delve into the deep cultural connection between America’s pastime and America’s history. American Innings will curate Marty’s thousands of hours of recorded interviews with baseball greats and place it in the context of American history for all to learn from and enjoy.

Respected throughout baseball—from players to executives, umpires, ushers and everyday enthusiasts—Marty’s accessible, patient and passionate approach to baseball captivates fans of all ages. Please join American Innings on our journey through history through the eyes of baseball.

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Baseball Stories, Trivia and History

With over 4,000 hours of interviews conducted over two decades, and more being done each season, Marty has amassed a wealth of fascinating stories, trivia and baseball history to share with the world.

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History Curriculum

Events on the baseball field mirror major events in American culture and history. On deck is our educational curriculum, designed to engage youth in a study of American history from the viewpoint of home plate.

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Speaking Engagements

A sought-after speaker, Marty takes history on the road and entertains and educates audiences of all ages with his deep knowledge of the game, combined with his extraordinary storytelling skill.

Special thanks to our Founding Partners, the San Francisco Giants.

The generosity of the Giants organization has enabled American Innings to share Marty Lurie’s extensive library with educators and the public. This unique partnership also supports the development of new programs connecting baseball with American history and delighting audiences across the country and around the world.

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"In our 60 years in San Francisco, bottom line is, nothing really happened until Marty. We didn’t win a Game 7 in the World Series, we didn’t do any of that until Marty showed up in 2010, so thanks for showing up. Thanks for all the great work you do."

Larry Baer, CEO, San Francisco Giants

Featured Stories

JOE GARAGIOLA ON SIGNING WITH THE HOMETOWN TEAM

RICK MONDAY ON SAVING THE AMERICAN FLAG

WILLIE MCCOVEY ON RACISM AND BASEBALL AFTER JACKIE ROBINSON’S DEBUT

American Innings promotes awareness of the connection between baseball and American society, using Marty Lurie’s extensive array of oral histories to illustrate how every facet of U.S. history is reflected in America’s game.

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