About American Innings
American Innings teaches and delights adults and children about American history through the eyes of the game of baseball.
From 1876 until the present day, everything that has happened in our country has also played out on the baseball field. From wars to immigration, and from desegregation to the struggles of labor, events on the baseball diamond reflect the cultural, political and social environment of the time.
Marty Lurie, baseball historian and renowned pre- and post-game radio host on KNBR 680, the flagship station for the San Francisco Giants, eloquently and expertly educates on the intertwined stories of baseball and American history through American Innings. Marty’s recorded archives of over 4,000 hours of interviews, ranging from some of the most famous ballplayers in history to the most humble of fans, contain a wealth of knowledge. American Innings will curate these interviews to teach history from the perspective of the baseball diamond.
American Innings currently offers engaging history lessons through Marty’s hours of baseball interviews, stories and trivia, as well as through speaking engagements. History curriculum for school-aged youth is currently in development with a team of educators who share our enthusiasm for baseball. Additional programs are coming soon.
American Innings, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
About Marty Lurie
As a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, New York during the golden age of baseball, the game became Marty Lurie’s unconditional friend. It grounded him, provided comfort and warmth, and has been with him throughout his life.
After a successful, but demanding, career as a criminal defense lawyer, Marty tried his last case and closed his practice in 1995. And from his lifelong love of baseball, his next career was born.
Noticing Marty’s unparalleled knowledge of baseball history, and ability to communicate the story of the game, friends encouraged him to host a baseball show. With humble beginnings at a high school radio station, Marty’s new career gained momentum when he was offered the opportunity to host a pre-game show on the Oakland Athletics radio network. That move lasted 10 years, until 2010 when he took his current role as weekend pre- and post-game radio host on KNBR, the flagship station for the Giants. Throughout the years, Marty has attracted and cultivated a devoted community of fans that reaches across the country and around the world.
Eight years after he came to work with the Giants, including three World Series rings to call his own and thousands of on-air hours later, the partnership among Marty Lurie, KNBR and the Giants is still going strong. Now, recognizing the value of his extensive collection of stories and insights, Marty is sharing his passion for baseball and history with you.
We hope you enjoy American Innings and learning American history through the eyes of baseball.