Denny McLain, Major League Baseball’s last 30-game winner, joins the boys to talk about the “Year of the Pitcher”, his love/hate relationship with former skipper Ted Williams (and how he thinks he would’ve fared against “The Splendid Splinter”), that time he was thrown off his Little League team and, lastly, shares his thoughts on working the talk show circuit as late night television’s preeminent organ player.
Former pitcher Maybelle Blair joins the boys to talk about her time in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and how she got started on the diamond, her quest to preserve the AAGPBL in Rockford, Illinois, why she had to hide her sexuality and shares who her favorite current Major Leaguer is.
Oh, and Lou volunteers Shawn to do manual labor. Jerk.
The legendary Larry King joins the boys to talk about his beloved Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, who he says is the most exciting player and the best player he’s ever seen play, who he likes watching now, gives his thoughts on suspected steroid users in the Hall of Fame and shares his excitement over his son Chance being drafted by the Chicago White Sox.
Longtime Minor Leaguer Cody Decker joins the boys to talk about Team Israel’s remarkable run during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, being part of the documentary “Heading Home”, the genesis of the Mensch on the Bench, pranking Jeff Francoeur and that time he did (or didn’t) play darts with filmmaker Jeremy Newberger following a robotics show in Japan.
Filmmaker Jeremy Newberger joins the boys to talk about his new documentary “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel”, details covering the World Baseball Classic and why he and his partners decided to follow the team, describes the fear of being in Israel during a terror attack and helps Shawn and Lou crack the code on what “Arrow”, “Lost” and “The Walking Dead” have in common.
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the iconic film “The Sandlot”, actor-turned-restaurateur Shane Obedzinski joins the boys to talk about his role as Tommy “Repeat” Timmons, whether or not he believes Benny was really safe at the end of the movie (SPOILER ALERT: Lou argues he wasn’t), the lastly legacy of Wendy Peffercorn, getting hit in the balls (sorry, Shane!) during practice and hanging out with James Earl Jones and, wait for it…BURT REYNOLDS!
Bruce Prichard, host of the popular “Something to Wrestle with” podcast, joins the boys to tell them all about what happened when Pete Rose ended up in the WWF/WWE (and, subsequently, their Hall of Fame) and how he’s the perfect heel, the relationship between Wade Boggs and “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig and who came up with the ill-fated Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz gimmick.
Episode originally aired March 3, 2017.
Since his election in 1989, Johnny Bench has been sitting down and advising each and every new member of baseball's Hall of Fame. What advice does he give them?
Baseball Hall of Fame expert Jay Jaffe joins the boys to talk about, naturally, the upcoming Hall of Fame announcement, why he thinks Lou Whitaker might still have a chance at Cooperstown, that time he took part in the famed Klements Sausage Race during a Milwaukee Brewers game and beer. So much beer.
Author and screenwriter Byron Motley joins the boys to talk about his father, legendary Negro Leagues umpire Bob Motley, explains what happened to his screenplay about Effa Manley, gives his thoughts on instant replay in baseball and pulls the curtain back on why he absolutely adores Cuba.
President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick, joins the boys (for the third time!) to talk about the life and legacy of the late, great Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, educates Shawn as to who Rube Foster is and why he is one of the most important people in the history of the Negro Leagues and celebrates the inevitable Hall of Fame induction of longtime Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones.
It's Episode 100, gang!
Rich Grisham, TJ Lauerman and Kris Jardine from Out of the Park Baseball join the boys to talk about the history of their award-winning game, the recently completed Hall of Very Good Celebrity Tournament, reveal what’s next for OOTP 19 and explore Lou’s deep, personal hatred of a certain former Major Leaguer.
In 1980, Willie Mays Aikens was seemingly on top of the world. Along with future Hall of Famer George Brett, Willie Wilson and Dennis Leonard, the former first baseman helped lead his Kansas City Royals to 97 victories and a spot in the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Royals would end up losing in six games, but, still…they’d walk away with some pretty sharp American League Championship rings.
Less than a year later, Aikens’ ring was gone. Missing. It would stay that way for more than 33 years.
St. Nick's favorite former Major Leaguer, Steve Christmas, joins the boys to talk about living with the last name Christmas, playing behind Hall of Fame catchers Johnny Bench and Carlton Fisk, how Tom Seaver got him traded, sharing a locker next to Lee Smith and his unlikely relationship with Rod Carew.
“Black Jack” himself, 1993 American League Cy Young Award winner Jack McDowell, joins the boys to talk about throwing inside (specifically the two batters he might have very much hit on purpose), steroid users in the Hall of Fame, the difference between coaching in the minor leagues versus college, reminisces on his lifetime in music and shares his most memorable concert experience.
Jody Avirgan, the man behind ESPN Film’s acclaimed “30 for 30” podcast series, joins the boys to talk about his love of both sports and politics (and which one he prefers), describes the type of stories they look to tell and shares the process of how that story goes from a simple pitch meeting to showing up in your podcast feed.
MTV News anchor-turned-photographer Tabitha Soren joins the boys to talk about about going from being on-air in market 99 to 1, explains the genesis of her new book Fantasy Life, wonders if she can travel cross country with a bundle of bone spurs, reveals who she would like to be when she “grows up” and shares her odd relationship with former Los Angeles Dodgers utilityman Davey Lopes.
Ted Giannoulas has been the only guy dressing up as The Famous San Diego Chicken for more than forty years...except for that one time.
Also, the man behind the mascot reveals the craziest thing ever asked of The Chicken.
For more than forty years, Ted Giannoulas has been dressing up as The Famous San Diego Chicken. More impressive, he's been the only guy to do it...except for that one time Giannoulas couldn't get a flight home and hundreds of fans were left waiting for their favorite real life cartoon character.
This is the story of that time Andy Strasberg was forced to go behind the beak.
Danny Clinch, director of Pearl Jam’s “Let’s Play Two” documentary, joins the boys to talk about shooting at Wrigley Field, shares his favorite moments from the Hall of Fame rock band’s legendary two nights at the historic ballpark, recalls his friendship with Blind Melon and gives an update on his planned Shannon Hoon documentary.
Stand-up comedian Brody Stevens joins the boys to talk about his days on the diamond, pitching at Arizona State, remembers the Hall of Fame-worthy career of the late-Roy Halladay and throws his hat in the ring to star in a re-boot of the “Major League” franchise.
Two-time National League MVP Dale Murphy joins the boys to talk about his chances to make the Hall of Fame, the toughest opponents he faced as a big leaguer, catching Phil Niekro’s knuckleball and that time in 1991 when his former skipper Bobby Cox ordered Tom Glavine to hit him with a pitch.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros hurler Jerry Reuss joins the boys to talk about who he is rooting for in this year's World Series, what it was like performing on “The Tonight Show” (among other television shows) following the 1981 Fall Classic, shares a hilarious story about being stuck in an elevator with Dave Parker and Muhammad Ali and discloses who he’d rather fight…Lou Piniella or Tommy Lasorda.
Mary Poppins himself, Michael Rooker, joins the boys in hopes to get them to root, root, root for the Cubbies, goes behind-the scenes of “Eight Men Out”, spills the beans on who is the better baseball player (him or “Little Chuckie” Sheen), shares which role people recognize him from the most, explains why everyone likes his “Guardians of the Galaxy” character Yondu and, lastly, gives Shawn and Lou a taste of their own medicine by asking THEM questions!
Old friend Ted Giannoulas joins the boys to talk about growing up a baseball fan in Canada, reveals why he never shows his face, dishes on the hardest (and easiest) players to work with, shares what current mascot he thinks is doing it right, answers the dreaded NSFW question and discloses how much longer he can perform as The Famous San Diego Chicken.
Also…could a memoir be in the works? Listen now!