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This Week In Baseball History is a weekly podcast devoted to the history of baseball, hosted by Mike Bates and Bill Parker, the co-founders of The Platoon Advantage and writers on many fine websites.

Mike Bates and Bill Parker


    • Jan 12, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Episode 232 - Hornsby Hits the Hall

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 72:43

    Rogers Hornsby revolutionized what a middle infielder could be as he became the preeminent slugger of his era in the National League. And, 80 years ago this week, that resulted in him becoming the first player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame since the museum opened in 1939. Mike and Bill look back at Rajah's illustrious career and why in the world so many clubs were so eager to get rid of him. Plus, happy birthday to Pinky Whitney and Charlie Hough.

    Episode 30 Rerun - The Life and Death of Roberto Clemente

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 62:05

    With Mike and Bill both on the health and safety protocol list with COVID diagnoses, and Bill having spent much of the last week stuck on I-95 somewhere in Virginia, the boys are forced to rerun an episode from the vault celebrating the amazing life of Roberto Clemente. We'll be back next week with our regular programming. Thanks for your patience!

    Episode 231 - The Big Reds Dog (with special guest Jacob Pomrenke)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 77:25

    Called the heart and soul of The Big Red Machine, it was a shock when, 45 years ago this week, Cincinnati traded Tony Pérez to the Montreal Expos, breaking up their dynastic club. Why? Mike and Bill look back at Pérez's career and the changing economic structure that made the Reds think their hand was being forced. Plus, happy birthday to Charlie Blackwell and Art Howe! Later, Jacob Pomrenke (@buckweaver) rejoins the show to talk about the late, great Roland Hemond and his relationship with SABR.

    Episode 230 - Would You Like To Buy An Eddie Collins?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 60:14

    One of the first true greats of the American League, Eddie Collins rivals only Joe Morgan and Rogers Hornsby for the title of best second baseman ever. But, with attendance waning and salaries rising, Connie Mack found he was too valuable to keep 107 years ago this week, when he sold him to the White Sox for $50,000. Mike and Bill look back at the impressively consistent career of Collins, and ponder why, exactly, nobody seemed to like him much. Plus, happy birthday to Pink Hawley and Dick Donovan! 

    Episode 229 - Jackie Robinson vs the New York Yankees (with special guests Stephen Goldman and Andrea Williams)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 127:51

    We all know the story of how Jackie Robinson reintegrated the National League. Too often, however, when we tell his story, that's where it stops. Jackie was determined to advocate for people of color in the game and outside of it, and did so 69 years ago this week when he correctly identified the crosstown Yankees as a racist organization. Mike and Bill talk to two guests about this important moment. First, Steven Goldman (@gostevengoldman) talks about the Yankees of this era and their refusal to integrate. Then, Andrea Williams (@andreawillwrite) talks about Jackie's efforts as a political and civil rights icon, and where the game is still failing him. Plus, happy birthday to Reggie Sanders and Dave Righetti!

    Episode 228 - Cleveland Hires The Kid

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 75:50

    It was a crazy idea that actually worked. But 80 years ago this week, when Cleveland hired 24 year old Lou Boudreau to serve as a player-manager, the world thought they were nuts. Mike and Bill look back at the career of the unlikely skipper and World Series hero, and at what made him so good in a challenging dual role. Plus, happy birthday to Bobby Mathews and Ben McDonald!

    Episode 227 - The Mets Get Turned Wilpon (with special guest Howard Megdal)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 79:07

    That the Mets have won anything, given their leadership over the last 60 seasons, is amazing. The worst of that leadership rose to prominence 35 years ago this week, as minority owner Fred Wilpon purchased half of the club from The Doubleday Publishing Company. To go through all the nepotism and corruption requires a guide, so Mike and Bill turn to Howard Megdal, author of Wilpon's Folly: The Story of a Man, his Fortune, and the New York Mets. Plus, happy birthday to Randy Poffo and Mike Garcia!

    Episode 226 - Fernandomania!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 94:40

    Just 20 years old, Fernando Valenzuela took the world by storm in 1981, becoming an international superstar and spawning a phenomenon with his screwball. And 40 years ago this week, Fernandomania culminated in both the National League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Awards, the only time a player has won both in the same season. Mike and Bill look back at that amazing season and Fernando's long subsequent career. Plus, happy birthday to Dick Stuart and Adam Dunn!

    Episode 225 - The Late Fall Classic

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 77:37

    It was 20 years ago this week that, with good reason, the World Series made its first foray into November. It was truly a classic series between the Yankees and Diamondbacks that Mike and Bill recount in detail. Plus, happy birthday to Steve Trachsel and Lloyd Moseby!

    Episode 224 (Director's Cut) - From Worst to World Champs

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 106:56

    We are so sorry for the triple posting this week. The extra long episode caused a bunch of havok. This is the definitive version (or what will stand as the definitive version, no matter what) complete with an interview with Sam Gazdziak and a birthday by Andrew Fefer. New audio starts about 1 hour and 10 minutes in.    

    Episode 224 (Redux) - From Worst To World Champions (with special guests Sam Gazdziak and Andrew Fefer)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 77:20

    This is it. Mike and Bill's magnum opus. On the 30th anniversary of what many believe to be the greatest World Series of all time, Mike and Bill look back at the Twins team that cemented their friendship and their fandom and how they went from worst to first. Plus, happy birthday to Egyptian Healy and Pete Vuckovich!

    Episode 223 - The Tigers Win It All!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 75:20

    1968 was a traumatic year for most of the country. It was in Detroit as well, even as the Tigers did their best to bring a broken city back together, on their way to a world championship that they won 53 years ago this week. In response to a patron's request, we look back on how the Tigers flourished in The Year of the Pitcher, and how they managed to prevail against the single best pitcher alive, Bob Gibson. Plus, happy birthday to Sid Fernandez and Dmitri Young!  

    Episode 222 - The Shot Heard Round the World

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 76:33

    Bobby Thomson and Ralph Branca became inextricably linked 70 years ago this week when the former turned around a fastball from the latter and hit a three run walkoff homer that completed a Cinderella comeback to the game and season, and gave the Giants the 1951 National League pennant. Mike and Bill look back at both men, their lives, and the moment that they shared, including whether Thomson came by his homer fairly. Plus, happy birthday to Bob Skinner and Wally Moses!

    Episode 221 - The Orioles Draw Four Aces

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 72:53

    The Orioles of the late '60s and early '70s were one of the best teams in baseball, with a strong and stable rotation that peaked 50 years ago this week when Jim Palmer became the 4th Baltimore starter to win 20 games on the year. Mike and Bill discuss this staff and the epic run that fell just short of winning it all. Plus, happy birthday to Jelly Gardner and Hunky Shaw!

    Episode 220 - Baby Babe Breaks a Record

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 70:43

    The list of individual players who changed the game of baseball is a very short one. But 102 years ago this week, one of them did something previously thought impossible. When Babe Ruth hit his 28th home run, he ushered in a whole new era of power hitting and changed the course of both the rest of his life and of baseball history. Mike and Bill look back at the early part of the Babe's life, from the streets of Baltimore to the ballpark in Boston, and his first step toward immortality. Plus, happy birthday to Greg Hibbard and Ira Flagstaff!

    Episode 219 - The Man, Stan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 77:56

    He is simply Stan the Man. One of the greatest players in the history of the game, and one of the most beloved. And he debuted 80 years ago this week. Mike and Bill give this episode over to his life and legacy, and try to figure out exactly why he was so dang lovable. Also, happy birthday to Luis Castillo (the first one) and Joe Rudi

    Episode 218 - One Last Hit For Minnie

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 68:59

    One of the most underappreciated superstars in baseball history, Minnie Miñoso straddled the pre and post-integration eras. But despite this, and a pro career that spanned seven decades in which he was brought back to get his final big league hit 45 years ago this week at the age of 50, Miñoso has been repeatedly snubbed for the Hall of Fame. Mike and Bill dig into why, and how Miñoso went from being one of the best players in the world to largely overlooked by fans today. Plus, happy birthday to Gene Bearden and Max Bishop!

    Episode 217 - The Yankees and Braves Lews Their Sainity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 63:57

    August trades used to be a big part of how teams would finalize their roster for the postseason. That option no longer exists, but 70 years ago this week, the Yankees made one of the most famous August deals in history when they sent $50,000 and Lew Burdette to the Braves for Johnny Sain, a deal that would ultimately come back to bite them. Mike and Bill look back on the careers of these incredibly similar pitchers and discuss which one of them should probably be in the Hall of Fame.

    Episode 216.5 - Zoom Hangout #17: Switching It Up Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 67:06

    We shake things up a bit for our 17th Zoom Hangout, switching day and time and length of recording to attract more of you weirdos. And it was a successful experiment. We'll do more of it in the future. In honor of the change, we talk about ballplayers who switched positions and award some prizes.

    Episode 216 - Johnny Mize Joins a Winner

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 76:38

    For years, Johnny Mize was one of the most underrated sluggers in the game, in part because he missed three prime years to the war effort. But his trade to the Yankees 72 years ago this week helped push one of the greatest dynasties of all time to the first of five straight championships. Mike and Bill look back on the slugger's impressive career and how his service almost turned him into a forgotten man.

    Episode 215 - One Random Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 43:42

    With Bill unavailable this week, Mike tries an experiment, choosing one game from this week at random from the 20th century to write about. What surprises are in store from August 21st, 1922 as the Browns took on the Athletics? Plus, happy birthday Don "Duffy" Dyer!

    Episode 214 - The Expos Finish Early

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 91:01

    Poised to potentially win their first championship, 27 years ago this week, the Montreal Expos were forced to stop playing when all of baseball ground to a halt. Mike and Bill look back at how the team was built, how it almost won, and how it was all torn apart. And they wonder how the story of baseball in Montreal may have been different if they'd been able to complete their season. Plus, happy birthday to Ken Raffensberger and Frank Howard!

    Episode 213 - Steve Carlton K's Number 4,000

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 83:27

    Every game Steve Carlton philosophically pitched boiled down, to him, to a game a catch between him and his catcher. It sounds so simple, but Carlton used that recipe to win 329 games and, 35 years ago this week, strike out his 4,000th hitter. Mike and Bill look back on the long and storied career of Carlton, as well as how his devotion to philosophy seemed to turn against him once he lost the magic in his left arm. Plus, happy birthday to Cleon Jones and Gregg Jefferies!

    Episode 212 - Harold Baines Gets Traded A Lot

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 62:48

    Few players were traded as often, especially at the trade deadline as newly minted Hall of Famer Harold Baines, who was sent from the White Sox to the Rangers for Sammy Sosa and others 23 years ago this week in what future President George W Bush called the biggest mistake of his life. That's a lot to lay on a guy who was pretty dang good for a really long time, Mike and Bill discovered, as they looked back at his illustrious career.

    Episode 211.5 - Zoom Hangout #16 - Hero of Two Podcasts Edition (with Mike Duncan)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 147:38

    For our latest Zoom Hangout, we are joined by the great Mike Duncan (@mikeduncan) of The History of Rome, The Storm Before the Storm, Revolutions, and the forthcoming biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, Hero of Two Worlds. Mike is an incredibly thoughtful historian and baseball fan who talks to us about the Negro Leagues, producing a history podcast, following baseball from France for the last two years, and living through historic times. Plus, it turns out he's pretty good at trivia.

    Episode 211 - Fred McGriff Goes To Atlanta

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 75:20

    We don't talk nearly enough about Fred McGriff, one of the most underrated and underappreciated sluggers of the late '80s and early '90s. Mike and Bill rectify that this week on the 28th anniversary of his trade to the Braves for the 1993 stretch drive, and talk about whether he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Plus, happy birthday to Tommy McCarthy and Mike Greenwell!

    Episode 210 - Johnny Sets the Benchmark for Catchers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 54:52

    Proving he was perhaps the best player ever to don the tools of ignorance, Johnny Bench surpassed Yogi Berra 41 years ago this week to hit the most homers ever by a catcher. He's since been surpassed, but there's no denying that The Little General was a peerless leader on the field and a fearsome slugger at the plate. And, this week, Mike and Bill look back at what made him tick. Plus, happy birthday to Lee Meadows and Larry Jansen!

    Episode 209 - Bill Acts Like Kind Of a Dickey

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 64:54

    Today, few Hall of Famers are as forgotten in the public imagination as Bill Dickey. One man who probably would've liked to forget him far sooner was Carl Reynolds, the Senators outfielder who the usually subdued Dickey flattened with one sucker punch 89 years ago this week. Mike and Bill look back on both their lives and careers and where they went once the dust cleared. Plus, happy birthday to Bump Hadley and Wally Post!

    Episode 208 - What Do You Call a Lawyer Who's Hired to Manage a Baseball Team?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 84:38

    One of the most successful and controversial managers of all time, Tony La Russa was first hired to manage by the Chicago White Sox 42 years ago this week. Now that he's back where it all started for the 2021 season, Mike and Bill look back on his long and storied career at the helm. Plus, happy birthday to Gus Zernial and Corey Koskie!

    Episode 207 - Ol' Pete Sneaks Into a Pennant Race

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 77:07

    Despite winning 373 games, tied for most in NL history, Pete Alexander is often overlooked and underappreciated when people talk about the best pitchers of the early 20th century. 95 years ago this week, the Cubs sent him to St. Louis, setting Pete up to become one of the biggest clutch heroes in World Series history. Mike and Bill look back at what made Pete so great, and the personal demons that brought him down. Plus, happy birthday to Aaron Robinson and Billy Werber! 

    Episode 206.5 - Zoom Hangout #15 - The Negro Leagues Are Major Leagues Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 156:48

    At an extremely opportune moment, we welcome Sports Reference creator, owner, and president Sean Forman on to discuss Baseball Reference's decision to recognize that the Negro Leagues were the equivalent of their American and National League contemporaries, and the steps they took to make that clear across the site. It's an important step toward correcting the historical record, even if the injustice done to those players can never be rectified. Plus, we give away a bunch of stuff related to the 1965 World Series that wasn't.

    Episode 206 - Alexander Cartwright Invents Baseball?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 64:03

    The details surrounding the origins of baseball will always be somewhat obscured by the fog of the 180 or so years that have passed since games like town ball and rounders evolved into baseball. But there is one thing we do know. 175 years ago this week, a game was played by the Knickerbockers, a group of New York white collar workers who have as good a claim as anyone to the sport's originator. Mike and Bill talk about what is known about this game and team, and the man who has gotten the credit as the father of baseball, Alexander Cartwright. Plus, happy birthday to Lance Parrish and Bill Bergen!

    Episode 205 - Dock Ellis Trips and Falls Into a No-No

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 65:18

    At first glance, it's a fun story: pitcher throws a no-hitter on LSD 51 years ago this week. It sounds like an underdog, counterculture story from the tail-end of the '60s. And it was, sort of. But it was also, as Mike and Bill recount, just one of many stories in the life of Dock Ellis that eventually led to abuse and tragedy for him and for his family as he descended further into addiction. Meanwhile, Mike also wishes a happy birthday to Bud Harrelson.

    Episode 204 - The Week That Everything Happens to Lou Gehrig

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 57:56

    For some reason, the first week of June turned out to be a momentous one in the life of Henry Louis Gehrig. It marked the day he replaced Wally Pipp, the day he hit four home runs in a game, and the day he died, 80 years ago this week, in 1941. Mike and Bill sort through the short but impactful life of Laruppin' Lou this week in honor of the first MLB-wide Lou Gehrig Day. Plus, happy birthday to Rube Oldring and Ray Lankford!

    Episode 203 - Willie Mays Meekly Debuts

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 71:26

    There may have never been, and may never be, a baseball player better than Willie May. But it didn't seem like that at first, as Mays struggled upon his initial exposure to the Bigs 70 years ago this week and would suffer a crisis of confidence that could have ended his career before it began. How did he get through it to become Willie Freaking Mays? Mike and Bill look back at Willie's rise to find out. Plus, happy birthday to Dave Hollins and Deacon Phillippe!

    Episode 202.5 - Zoom Hangout #14 - Old Friends Edition (with special guest Steven Goldman)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 156:24

    For our 14th Zoom Hangout show since the start of the pandemic, our old buddy Steven Goldman (@GoStevenGoldman) talks baseball and Bob Dylan with us while we watch Corey Kluber throw a no-hitter. Plus, we give away some autographed memorabilia to a couple of lucky patrons. Thanks to everyone who joined us this month and stay tuned to @TWIBHistory on Twitter for a big announcement about our next Zoom Hangout guest in the coming weeks.

    Episode 202 - Operation: Tiger Strike

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 64:23

    In one of the strangest games ever played, 109 years ago this week the "Tigers," a ragtag group of replacement players gathered at the last minute when the regular nine all struck in support of a suspended Ty Cobb, lost a laugher to the Philadelphia A's. It'd be pretty funny if the whole situation didn't wind up so sad, as Mike and Bill find out. Plus, happy birthday to Eric Show and Rick Rhoden!

    Episode 201 - Joe DiMaggio Goes Streaking

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 70:24

    It's one of the most iconic records in sports, Joe DiMaggio's unbelievably improbable 56 game hitting streak, that began 80 years ago this week. Breaking off a new hundo, Mike and Bill go step by step through this incredible accomplishment and marvel at the talent and luck it took to ultimately pull it off. Plus, happy birthday to Chicken Wolf and Gentleman Jim Hickman!

    Episode 200 - The Twins' Killer (with various special guests!)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 73:08

    For their 200th episode, Mike and Bill feel they've earned the right to be a little self-indulgent, so they're celebrating the greatest Twins slugger of them all, Harmon Killebrew, on the 57th anniversary of he and three other Twins hitting four consecutive home runs in extra innings to beat the A's. Plus, some new friends stop by to talk about the importance of 200 milestones. And happy birthday to Clay Carroll and Charlie "Piano Legs" Hickman!

    Episode 199 - Fleet Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 62:20

    While his name is familiar to baseball history fans, the life of Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first acknowledged African-American man to play Major League Baseball, is not. On the 137th anniversary of his debut, Mike and Bill look back on that life, at the efforts of Cap Anson and other bigots to stop his career and ban other black players from the pro ranks, and the effect that treatment had on Fleet in his later years. Plus, happy birthday to Granny Hamner and Russ Ford!

    Episode 198 - Zoom Hangout #13 - Statcast Edition (with Mike Petriello)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2021 169:13

    We're temporarily bypassing Zoom Hangout #12 to talk with MLB.com's Mike Petriello, who will be on ESPN2 on Sunday, April 25th to broadcast the Sunday Night Baseball game between the Padres and Dodgers. It's going to be a fantastic show, so tune in to that as soon as you finish listening to his conversation with us!

    Episode 197 - Cleveland Big Four in '48 (with special guest Luke Epplin)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 85:45

    It only took two years for Bill Veeck to take Cleveland from the bottom of the AL standings too the top thanks, in large part to the contributions of Larry Doby, Bob Feller, and Satchel Paige. On the 73rd anniversary of the start of that historic season, we talk to special guest Luke Epplin (@LukeEpplin), whose new book "Our Team" weaves together the stories of these four baseball legends and the magical championship season they shared. Plus, happy birthday to Jesse Orosco and Duffy Lewis!

    Episode 196 - Hiram Bithorn Debuts

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 53:09

    Puerto Rico has a vibrant and extensive history with the game of baseball. But their connection to the big leagues started with one pitcher, Hiram Bithorn, who debuted 79 years ago this week to become the first person from Puerto Rico to play in the majors. Mike and Bill look at his truncated life and career, and how both ended far too soon. Plus, happy birthday to Ted Sizemore and Barney McCosky!

    Episode 195 - Bud Selig and the Birth of the Brewers (Part 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 74:42

    Finishing the story they began last week, Mike and Bill follow the Seattle Pilots east to Milwaukee and profile the man who, in addition to stealing them away, became one of the most powerful men in the history of the game. Plus, happy birthday to Red Smith and Mike Epstein!

    Episode 194 - The Pilots Crash and Burn (Part 1 of 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 78:14

    51 years ago this week, if the story is to be believed, a truck waited at a rest area in the middle of Utah, waiting to find out if it should travel west or east. In the balance hung the hopes of two cities that each wanted a big league baseball team. In Part 1 of a two part episode, Mike and Bill look at the troubled first year of the Seattle Pilots and the messy process that left them on the verge of moving to Milwaukee. Plus, happy birthday to Gary Pettis and Tommy Holmes!

    Episode 193.5 - Zoom Hangout #11 - If You Can't Beat 'Em Edition (with Christina DiNicola and Dan Hayes)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 175:00

    We've encountered production delays this week, so in lieu of a regular episode, please enjoy our Zoom hangout from February with a pair guests, Christina DiNicola, Marlins beat reporter for MLB.com, and Dan Hayes, Twins beat reporter for The Athletic. The pair recount their starts in journalism and how they fell into beat reporting, what it takes to be successful at this challenging gig, and how the job has changed especially in the face of a global pandemic. Mike and Bill will be back with a regular episode next week. 

    Episode 193 - Roberto Clemente's Museum (with special guest Duane Rieder)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 85:39

    This week marks the 48th anniversary of Roberto Clemente's untimely election into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the second of two inductees to skip the five year waiting period. To mark the occasion, Mike and Bill talk to Duane Rieder of the Roberto Clemente Museum (@ClementeMuseum) in Pittsburgh to discuss his life and legacy, and the treasures he's collected from The Great One's life with the help of the Clemente family. Plus, happy birthday to Albie Fletcher and Butch Wynegar!

    Episode 192 - MJ Switches Sports

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 72:01

    It seemingly came out of nowhere 27 years ago this week when the most famous athlete in the world, Michael Jordan, after having quit basketball the previous fall, announced his intention to try to become a big league ballplayer. It would prove a difficult road for Jordan, who still did far better than anyone could have predicted. Mike and Bill go through both his careers, why he made the switch when he did, and how it ended just as abruptly. Plus, happy birthday to Raul Mondesi and Jimmie Hall!

    Episode 191 - Andre Dawson's Gambit

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 76:10

    After a decade in Montreal, Andre Dawson tried to get away from the artificial turf that was turning his knees to glass. But the Expos, and Major League Baseball, tried to keep him from doing that, colluding to force him to return. So, 34 years ago this week, Dawson handed the Cubs a signed blank contract and put his fate in their hands. Mike and Bill look back at how The Hawk got to that point, and how he was able to resurrect his career in Chicago. Plus, happy birthday to Lil Stoner and Ted Abernathy!

    Episode 190 - The CBA is AOK

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 75:26

    In light of this weeks' adventurous comments by former Seattle Mariners President and CEO John Mather, and on the 53rd anniversary of its signing, the first collective bargaining agreement takes center stage this week, as Mike and Bill talk about how it came about, what was in it, how much the owners hated it, and how that hatred led to decades of labor strife that we're still feeling the effects of this week and that could threaten the 2022 season. Plus, happy birthday to J.T. Snow and John Titus!

    Episode 189 - Hitting a Homer

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 54:29

    We all dream of getting the chance to win the big game in the bottom of the ninth and coming up with the big hit. Darryl Strawberry had that chance in 1992, only to see that chance stolen from him when he was removed for a pinch hitter. Mike and Bill cover the controversial decision, everything that led up to it, and how it ultimately turned out. Plus, happy birthday to Pretzels Getzien and John Mayberry Sr!

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