Roughly Speaking podcast: Leon Day’s long road to the Hall of Fame (episode 169)

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  • 5:32: Should Howard County establish a special fund to provide public financing of local political campaigns? It’s Question A on the general election ballot. Two proponents talk about the issue — Howard County Councilman Jon Weinstein and Maryland PIRG director Emily Scarr — while Dan offers opposition from a recent Sun op-ed by Howard County executive Allan Kittleman. The Sun has endorsed Question A while the Howard County Times published an editorial in opposition.

  • 24:20: Paula Gallagher, Baltimore County librarian and Roughly Speaking book critic, shares one book she really likes, one she likes, one that she two-thirds likes and one she likes not at all.

  • 39:50: Bob Hieronimus, Baltimore artist and champion of Negro baseball league history, talks about pitcher Leon Day, born 100 years ago this weekend. Day was a stellar pitcher for Negro league teams, including the Baltimore Elite Giants. Hieronimus describes Day’s long road to Cooperstown and the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Day will be remembered Saturday at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum during an afternoon fundraiser for the foundation in his name. For more information about the event, email


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