This week, Guinness Book world record holder Brett Carow joins the boys to talk about his decades-long love affair with Strat-O-Matic, what possessed him to play the iconic baseball board game for 61-straight hours and shares the story behind the coolest cake a wife can buy her husband. Oh, and the gang comes to the startling realization that Ozzie Smith might be immortal.
Legendary Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith joins the boys to talk about the 25th anniversary of the popular "Homer at the Bat” episode of “The Simpsons”, where his famous backflip came from, growing up in Southern California with Eddie Murray and the one team he would’ve liked to have played for.
Former Chicago White Sox shortstop Greg Pryor joins the boys to talk about Disco Demolition Night and the events of July 12, 1979, the day he made Jimmy Piersall go crazy, describes what it was like being part of the circus surrounding Bo Jackson in 1986 and spills the beans on what he thinks is the worst baseball movie ever.
16-time Gold Glove Award winner (and 2015 Hall of Very Good inductee) Jim Kaat joins the boys to talk about his 60-plus years in baseball, reflects on his Hall of Fame chances, shares why he started Twitter (and who, from his era, would be a great follow), describes golfing in New Zealand and, naturally, gives Lou some links advice.
Phil Hecken, weekend editor (and “bench coach”) for the Uni Watch Blog, joins the boys to talk about those hideous things the Arizona Diamondbacks are wearing, the best (and worst) uniforms in the Majors, why baseball needs to tone down their special jerseys and why 1969 might have been the greatest looking year on the diamond.
Former Major Leaguer-turned-author Adam Greenberg joins the boys about the injury that stalled his Major League career, his long journey back to the bigs, playing for Team Israel during the World Baseball Classic, getting inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the awesome healing power of, wait for it…deer antlers.
Actor-turned-musician Scott ("Gilmore Girls") Patterson joins the boys to talk about his seven-year minor league baseball career, what it’s like going one-on-one against Don Mattingly, hanging out with Bobby Bonds, shares the advice Sandy Koufax gave him and previews the new EP from his band SMITHRADIO.
Brandiose co-founder Jason Klein joins the boys to talk about what it takes to completely re-design the image of a baseball franchise, how he went from high school mascot to one of the most sought after minds in marketing, shares a great story about friend of the pod, Ted (The Famous Chicken) Giannoulas and introduces Shawn to the most exciting vegetable he’s never heard of.
20 years ago, Ila Borders broke through baseball's "glass ceiling" when she appeared in a game for the St. Paul Saints. From Mick Veeck to (yes) Marge Schott, her journey was an interesting one.
Attorney-turned sportswriter-turned radio host-turned Peabody Award winner Julie DiCaro joins the boys (again) to talk about how she deals with the haters online, shares her thoughts on the recent Ronnie Woo Woo-Chicago Cubs controversy and explains why "Tin Cup" is the worst baseball movie of all-time...and, yes, she knows it's about golf.
Oh...did anyone mention Julie's Peabody Award?
Bob Kendrick returns to talk about the origin of the Kansas City Royals "Dressed to the Nines" game, Adam Jones's recent $20,000 donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and gives an update on the efforts to save Buck O'Neil's home.
Also, Ralph Carhart stops by to fill-in as co-host and give an update on The Hall Ball Project.
It's been 46 years since Ross Grimsley threw his first Major League pitch. Since then, the longtime hurler (and the last Montreal Expo to win 20 games) has been the subject of many rumors. From hair grease to allegations of witchcraft...it's time to play "True or False".
Baseball historian Ralph Carhart joins the boys to talk about the very unique Hall Ball Project, spills the beans on which of the 317 Hall of Famers have been the most difficult to track down and shares the story of baseball legend Cristóbal Torriente.
Before he was a member of the San Diego Padres, then-college student Tony Gwynn donned the mustard and brown for a spoof of a local used car commercial. True story.
Actress and activist Tracy Reiner joins the boys to talk about how she landed the role of Betty "Spaghetti" Horn in "A League of Their Own" (spoiler alert...it's not how you think), what it was like working on the set of "Die Hard", reminisces about the impact Carrie Fisher had on her life and, of course, shares what life is like growing up in "the circus".
Legendary interviewer Roy Firestone joins the boys to talk about what inspired him to go into broadcasting and what he thinks is wrong (and right) about the industry today, recalls some of his most memorable interviews of all-time, sheds some light on his 1992 discussion with O.J. Simpson and delivers the best Harry Caray impression you’ve ever heard.
The son of baseball’s all-time hit king (and manager of the Wichita Wingnuts), Pete Rose Jr. joins the boys to talk about growing up at Riverfront Stadium, getting his first Major League hit at home in front of his dad, shares his love of WWE and reveals the one skill he wishes he had.
MLB Network host (and HOVG Podcast favorite) Brian Kenny re-joins the boys to talk about his guest spot on IFC's "Brockmire", breaks down 2017 storylines, reveals his pick for the worst baseball movie of all-time and etches in stone, his personal Baseball Mount Rushmore.
With no baseball early in the 1995 season, former Major League umpire Larry Young did what he could to help pay the bills. One of those things...refereeing The Undertaker-King Kong Bundy match at WrestleMania XI.
Actor Hank Azaria joins the boys to talk about his new IFC show “Brockmire”, explains where the idea came from, what inspired Jim Brockmire’s unique voice, working with famed baseball announcer Joe Buck and how, sometimes, you take a role simply to pay the bills.
Is Pete Rose the ultimate heel? If you ask Bruce Prichard...you better believe it. And while Major League Baseball's hit king might not be in Cooperstown, he did parlay his three WrestleMania appearances into enshrinement into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Famed actor/director Timothy Busfield joins the boys to talk about his beloved Detroit Tigers chances this upcoming season, working with Kevin Costner, filming with Ken Griffey Jr., kicking it with Hall of Famer Al Kaline, trying out for the Kansas City Royals (true story) and why, perhaps, Ryan Gosling longs to be him.
Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, comedian and actor Robert Wuhl joins the boys to talk about his horrible audition for "Bull Durham", improvising on the set of "Batman”, what inspired the TV show “Arli$$” (hint…it involves our current President), the good and bad of playing fantasy baseball and throws out some predictions for the upcoming 2017 MLB season.
Former San Diego Padres executive Andy Strasberg joins the boys to tell them about about that time he filled in for his buddy Ted Giannoulis (chicken costume and all), backflipping into the Hall of Fame with Ozzie Smith, his relationship with the late-Roger Maris, working on the Billy Crystal movie “61*” and getting Tony Gwynn his first TV commercial.