Stories Beyond the Scores

Each week on Stories Beyond the Scores, host Dr. Chris Reynolds shares a brief moment in sports history. Our stories are off-beat and, at times, moving. They're sometimes hidden and oft times forgotten tales of the people, places and events that enliven the world of sports. These are just some of the stories you’ll hear:

  • a look at the first Wrigley Field, built in Los Angeles, and how two brothers and Gene Autry were involved in it.
  • Vin Scully’s six-decade career as the voice of the Brooklyn (and Los Angeles) Dodgers, and how Scully’s career inspired a young Charley Steiner to pursue sports broadcasting.
  • The story of Peoria native Charlotte Lewis, who helped make history as a member of the first women’s Olympic basketball team at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Stories Beyond the Scores is produced by the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication at Bradley University, and is a joint venture with Peoria Public Radio. Dr. Chris Reynolds is Bradley University’s Director of Athletics.

Stories Beyond the Scores airs Saturdays at 8:04 a.m. and Sundays at 4:04 p.m. on Peoria Public Radio.

Credit Bradley University

Bobby Knight

Jan 12, 2018

This is a story about books, basketball, and lessons learned on my journey to becoming the best version of myself.

On an August day in 1989, I walked into Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana to start my first year as an Indiana Hoosiers basketball player under coach Bob Knight. Coach Knight approached me with a copy of Tom Clancy’s The Sum Of All Fears in hand. 

Coach loaned me the book because he thought I might enjoy it as much as he had. This was not the only book coach that passed along.

The Story of the First Wrigley Field

Jan 5, 2018

This is the story of two baseball fields, two teams, and two brothers.

Wrigley Field in Chicago is home to the 2016 World Champions Chicago Cubs. While that Wrigley Field is the major’s second oldest ballpark it was not the first Wrigley Field to bear that name. The first Wrigley Field was in Los Angeles, California.

In 1925, William K. Wrigley Jr. built a new ballpark for the Pacific Coast League’s Los Angeles Angels. That ballpark opened, in 1925, with the name Wrigley Field. Two years later, in 1927, Cub’s Park in Chicago was renamed Wrigley Field.