To celebrate being the most listened to episode of 2019, longtime friends and uniform experts Phil Hecken and Todd Radom re-join the boys to break down their favorite teams (more specifically…their logos, jerseys and caps) taking part in last year’s Copa de la Diversión.
Also…what is a bivouac?
Episode originally aired May 7, 2019.
To help celebrate the 200th episode(!) of the podcast, former Mayor of Cooperstown Jeff Katz joins the boys for the sixth time to talk about his upcoming Friends of Doubleday event before turning the tables, taking over the show and asking some listener questions and some of his own.
The mustachioed Baseball Brit, Joey Mellows, joins the boys to talk about his recently completed season-long journey across America, how his trip almost ended midway through its 162-game schedule, lays out the three ways to improve baseball and explains how he became Tulane’s favorite son.
Baseball historian Graham Womack joins the boys to talk about the news that Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons are heading to the Hall of Fame, looks ahead to this summer’s induction, discusses next year’s Golden Days and Early Baseball elections and reveals the one player he’d like to see in Cooperstown right now.
Brad Balukjian, the author of The Wax Pack, joins the boys to talk about the idea behind his new book (and why it took driving 11,341 miles and tracking down more than a dozen Major Leaguers to make it a reality), that time he pretended to be a multi-millionaire to meet Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk and why the story behind his wanting to document The Iron Sheik’s life might be more interesting that his life itself.
Randy and Jason Sklar join the boys to talk about the newly released Hall of Fame ballot (and the chances someone DOESN’T cast a vote for Derek Jeter), whether or not baseball’s steroids guys belong in Cooperstown, give their thoughts on the sign stealing allegations facing the Houston Astros and share their memories of 2019 Hall of Very Good inductee Brody Stevens.
Shirley “Hustle” Burkovich joins the boys to talk about getting her start in the AAGPBL, how she got her nickname, if she saved anything from her playing days, the status of the International Women’s Baseball Center and, of course, “A League of Their Own”.
The man known as “Bobby Dynamite” (ne Bobby Vasquez) joins the boys to talk about how being in the right place at the right time led to him driving the train at Minute Maid Park for the last two decades, relives the 2004 Home Run Derby, recalls some of the famous faces who have stopped by his train and shares his favorite moments as “the luckiest Astros fan alive”.
Longtime umpire (and onetime Jeopardy! champ) Perry Barber joins the boys to talk about how she went from opening up for Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen to umpiring games across the country and gives her insight on why it is important that girls play baseball and stay involved well into adulthood.
On the eve of Game Six of the 2019 World Series, former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Dan Evans joins the boys to talk about Justin Verlander squaring off against Stephen Strasburg, shares his excitement over David Ross getting hired as the latest Chicago Cubs skipper, sings the praises (for real!) of Hideo Nomo and trumpets the Hall of Fame candidacy of Larry Walker.
Also, Lou introduces Shawn to the term “buzzed his Brillo”.
Dan Wallach, Executive Director of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, South Carolina, joins the boys to talk about everything going on at the museum (including expansion plans!) and hanging out with everyone's favorite British baseball fans, Andy and Joey.
Just in time to remember the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis joins the boys to talk about growing up a San Francisco Giants fans, documenting the chaos surrounding Game Three of the 1989 World Series and his friendship with 2012 Shrine of the Eternals inductee Jim “Mudcat” Grant
David Samson joins the boys to talk about his favorite (and least favorite) moves as president of the Florida/Miami Marlins, how Steve Bartman led to one of the best feelings in the world, living through a disastrous 2012 season and, of course, those three days in the Phillippines when he played “Survivor”.
Fresh from completing his tour of all 30 Major League stadiums, British artist and painter Andy Brown joins the boys to talk about spending the second half of the baseball season crisscrossing the United States in a rental car, his favorite places to visit and paint, the milestones he’s witnessed and (for some reason) shares his newfound his love of smoked salmon.
2017 J.G. Taylor Spink Award recipient Claire Smith joins the boys to talk about how she got her start in journalism, shares the story she was most proud to cover, reveals the one story all baseball fans should be following and, lastly, advocates for Billy Williams to join the podcast.
Hours before taking the field during the annual Team of Dreams celebrity softball game, Shane Obedzinski joins the boys to talk about the excitement of riding the Budweiser bus, the rumors surrounding Steve Carlton’s RV and reprising his role of Tommy “Repeat” Timmons when “The Sandlot” returns in 2020.
Team of Dreams veteran Chris Kleveno joins the boys to talk about taking part in the annual Team of Dreams celebrity softball game (2019 marked his fourth year), what it’s like crossing off bucket list items playing alongside Hall of Famers and hitting against Charlie Sheen and introduces everyone to the magic of Steve Carlton’s RV.
Just yards from the iconic baseball field immortalized in the movie, Dan Evans and Tucker LaBelle join the boys to talk about the path both of them took to getting to being involved with the Field of Dreams Movie Site, their plans for the location up to and beyond the New York Yankees-Chicago White Sox game next summer, how a polar vortex helped Dan go from the Majors to dedicating his life to a farm in Dyersville, Iowa.
Also, the former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager shares with Shawn and Lou one of the best Vin Scully stories you’ll ever hear.
Finishing up just a stone’s throw from where he started his day, Roman Weinberg, the Operations Manager of the “Field of Dreams” Movie Site re-joins the boys to talk about this year’s Team of Dreams event, shares what the future holds for the location and lays out the plans for All-Star Ballpark Heaven.
Just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie, Roman Weinberg, the Operations Manager of the “Field of Dreams” Movie Site leads the boys on a tour of the iconic house from the film, explains the “how” and “why” the land situated on Lansing Road in Dyersville, Iowa was selected and, ultimately, how it became one of the baseball world's top tourist destinations.
Oh, Roman also tells Shawn and Lou how a random tourist from New York (kinda) led to a $3.4 million payday for the farm’s original owner!
Experience the magic of the Field of Dreams Movie Site and rediscover America’s favorite pastime as legends from the world of sports & film come together on Labor Day weekend. From an autograph show, Q & A with players, a celebrity softball game, fantasy camp, silent auction, and more – see your favorite players in action. Watch as the Field’s famous Ghost Players emerge from the corn and entertain the crowd with their on-field antics. Wrap up the weekend experiencing the story that started it all – watch the “Field of Dreams” on the very outfield where the Oscar nominated movie was filmed.
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Tim “the guy that cuts baseball cards” Carroll joins the boys to talk about how he got the inspiration to butcher baseball cards and turn them into art, his favorite piece, the other stuff he’s used (think Band-Aids, pine tar and peach pits!) to immortalize some of baseball’s best, that time he injured himself for his craft and how he went from Conway, South Carolina to Cooperstown.
“Baseball Brothers” Muneesh Jain and Ty Simpkins join the boys to talk about their quest to visit all 30 MLB stadiums together, their upcoming trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, how Muneesh’s six(!) near-death experiences have led him to introducing people to the game of baseball and, of course, Ty’s involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Recently retired slugger Cody Decker joins the boys to talk about (literally) walking off a winner after eleven seasons, his new gig as Associate Executive Director of El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association, his new radio show “Swings & Mrs”, whether or not we should bring back “Bull Durham” and dealing with San Diego Padres Twitter.
Three-time NFL champion and FOX analyst Mark Schlereth joins the boys to talk about that time he single-handedly won SuperBowl 32, growing up in Alaska(!) a fan of Pittsburgh sports, being the father of a former Major League pitcher, the promise he made to his son Daniel when he was 12 and his diarrhea moment.
This week's episode is brought to you by Team of Dreams.