Writer and director Matthew S. Robinson joins the boys to talk about his new play, “BlackBalled: The Rise and Fall of Negro League Baseball", what current players embody the spirit of the Negro Leagues, why Babe Ruth never got a shot at managing in the Majors and, along with Shawn and Lou, get real about kneeling, not kneeling, visiting The White House (or not) and the overall “patriotism” in sports.
Former Major League umpire Dale Scott joins the boys to talk about his 33 seasons behind the plate, the best and worst managers (looking your way, Billy Martin) to deal with, what it’s like calling balls and strikes during a no-hitter, that final concussion that ended his career and why he and his husband Michael would never do “The Amazing Race”.
Filmmakers Stu Stone and Adam Rodness join the boys to talk about their documentary "Jack of All Trades", call fellow Canadian, Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson (for real!), describe what it’s like hanging out with Jose Canseco, speculate on the whereabouts of the famed Billy Ripken “F*ck Face” bat and, of course, discuss their love of collecting baseball cards.
Dr. Tommy John joins the boys to talk about his new book, his quest to keep people from having Tommy John surgery, shares his family’s relationship with Dr. Frank Jobe and recalls the time his dad flirted with becoming a knuckleballer.
Oh...and Lou (briefly) had a new pet.
Joel Church-Cooper, the creator of the hit IFC show “Brockmire”, joins the boys to talk about the origin of show and getting picked up for two more seasons, what he borrowed from Bill Veeck, improvising on set with Hank Azaria and the return of Joe Buck!
All-Star outfielder-turned broadcaster-turned author, Ron Fairly, joins the boys to talk about Ichiro Suzuki’s sudden retirement, Edgar Martinez’s chances at the Hall of Fame, coaching Reggie Jackson, playing alongside Dodgers greats Duke Snider and Carl Furillo and the time John Roseboro saved Juan Marichal’s life.
Larry King re-joins the boys to talk about the 2018 baseball season (so far), shares his thoughts on what he would do if he was commissioner and wonders aloud about doubleheaders and Shohei Ohtani.
Also, Shawn and Lou’s new best friend responds to Todd Radom’s question about one of the greatest uniforms in baseball history.
Todd Radom and Phil Hecken re-join the boys to share their thoughts on some of baseball’s best (and absolute worst) looking uniforms, reflect on the most out of place baseball players and, of course, talk all about Todd’s new book…Winning Ugly: A Visual History of the Most Bizarre Baseball Uniforms Ever Worn.
Also, Shawn tries to start a debate that is, arguably, far dumber than that annoying “is a hot dog a sandwich?” discussion.
David Mickey Evans, writer and director of “The Sandlot", joins the boys to talk about the making of the iconic film, speculates as to whether or not Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez was really safe at the plate, shares his plans for the 25th anniversary of the movie, marvels at those glorious Funko Pop! figures and Lou thanks David (on behalf of everyone) for creating Wendy Peffercorn.
John Costacos, the creator of some of the world’s most popular sports posters, re-joins the boys to talk about his latest creation for Adidas (SPOILER ALERT: it’s Aaron Judge!), shares what might be next for The Costacos Brothers and revisits what makes their artwork great.
Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson returns to talk to the boys about what’s new in Cooperstown and the growing anticipation for the Class of 2018 (and beyond!), shares the best Brad Ausmus story in the history of Brad Ausmus stories, explains what it is like hanging out with Bob Uecker and walks Shawn and Lou through the four “can’t miss” spots at The Hall and reveals his favorite museum pieces.
Gar Ryness, aka Batting Stance Guy, returns to talk to the boys about the need for a great hype man, pulls the curtain back as to why he thinks he is so good at what he does, shares how Hunter Pence has become the new Kevin Youkilis, remembers the careers of players he thought were “can’t miss” Hall of Famers and, along the way, plenty of names are dropped. Among those names…the three most handsome men Shawn has ever met.
Lastly, Gar makes a plea to his friends Randy and Jason Sklar to join the podcast.
Kirsten Karbach, the voice of the Clearwater Threshers, joins the boys to talk about being one of baseball’s only female play-by-play announcers, reveals what her ultimate goal is, cheers the Philadelphia Phillies off season moves and, lastly, answers the age-old question…what is a thresher?
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-restauranteur 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.