The year is 1942. Charles Osgood is a nine-year-old
living in Baltimore. His idols are Franklin Roosevelt and Babe Ruth, a hometown
hero. Charlie spends his days delivering newspapers on his daily route, riding
the trolley to the local amusement park, going to Orioles’ baseball games, and
playing with his younger sister, Mary Ann.
With great attention to detail, Osgood captures the
texture of life in a very different era, before anyone had heard of penicillin
or the atomic bomb. In his neighborhood of Liberty Heights, gas lights glowed
on every corner, milkmen delivered bottles of milk, and a loaf of bread cost
nine cents. Although Osgood had many interests as a child, what captivated him
more than anything else was the radio. He would listen huddled under the
covers, after his parents had turned off the lights, to Spiderman, Superman, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow—and of course baseball. Download and start listening now!