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Michigan author Doc Fletcher has kayaked thousands of miles on rivers across the midwest and written eight books about the experiences. A 2015 book included his enthusiasm for another pastime. We talk with the Northville resident about “Paddling and Pastimes: 6 Midwest Cities, the Rivers that Made Them, The Baseball Teams that Entertained Them.”


Current Sports | 5/19/16 | #705

May 19, 2016
Al Martin / WKAR

Big Ten Media Deal, ESPN, Baylor Sexual Assault Claims, Speeding Up Baseball, Current Sports TV Preview, Jim Bibbs, and Throwback Thursday.


Nyquist photo
Anthony / flickr creative commons

Current Sports host Al Martin discusses the Kentucky Derby and the Detroit Tigers recent skid.


Justin Verlander photo
Roger DeWitt / flickr creative commons

Current Sports host Al Martin previews Detroit Tiger baseball with spring training starting this week.


Jesse Goldberg-Strassler photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

From Trammell to Tuttle, Harwell to Newhouser, Michigan has produced some great figures in the history of baseball. This week, the first 10 inductees will be named to the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame in Lansing. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us out to the ball game for a chat with Lansing Lugnuts broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler.


Current Sports #518 | July 27, 2015

Jul 27, 2015

Tigers as Sellers, David Price, MSU Revoking a Scholarship, Baseball HOF, Fred Heumann and Weekend Winners.


Cincinnati stadium photo
Flickr - Steve

The major league baseball All-Star game is in Cincinnati Tuesday night. Current State checks in with Detroit Free Press sportswriter Shawn Windsor for a look at the Detroit Tigers at the season’s midway point.


Let's Play Ball: Cuban Style | Current Sports | WKAR

May 13, 2015
Lia Kamana

I traveled to Cuba over spring break this past March and I didn’t know what would be waiting for me when the plane landed in Havana. The most I knew about Cuba was what I learned from my friend, and traveling companion, Erin. She studied abroad in Havana for five months in summer 2014, and fell in love with the country, its people and its culture.

She was so excited to share it with me and for me to experience it for myself.

George Thomas / Flickr

Spring only arrived a couple of weeks ago, but spring training baseball is over and it's time for the games to count!

It's Opening Day in Detroit, with the Tigers hosting the Minnesota Twins.  Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Detroit Free Press sportswriter Shawn Windsor.

Flickr - Catch Central Florida

For many people, the first sign of spring isn’t the return of the robin to Michigan. It’s when pitchers and catchers report for spring training. That happened last week, so baseball fans in Michigan are watching the news out of Lakeland, Florida, where the Detroit Tigers have begun prepping for the 2015 season.

Detroit Tigers President, CEO, and General Manager, Dave Dombrowski, was this year's premiere speaker at the Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club Luncheon. 

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has voted Waverly High School graduate John Smoltz into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in his first year of eligibility.

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It’s hard to tell with all the new snow, but we’re three weeks away from  the “Crosstown Showdown” home opener between the Lansing Lugnuts and the MSU Spartans. Yesterday, Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson and city leaders announced plans for a $22-million development at Cooley Law School Stadium.

Voice of the Tigers previews 2014 season

Feb 26, 2014
Flickr - memories by mike

As the Detroit Tigers start off their training season this year in Lakeland, Florida, fans and commentators alike are keeping an eye out for updates. This will be the Tigers 44th year at Joker Marchant Stadium for spring training.

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Baseball legend Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers was the first player elected to the Hall of Fame. He played in Detroit from 1905 to 1926, and then two more seasons in Philadelphia. His career batting average of .367 produced 4,191 hits and 12 batting titles.

Cobb had a well-documented reputation as a tenacious competitor, as well as for being a nasty man. He was hot tempered, and a man who hated, in the words of ESPN’s Larry Schwartz, “northerners, Catholics, blacks, and apparently anybody else who was different from him.”

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