To celebrate being the most listened to episode of 2022, Phil Hecken, deputy editor of Uni Watch, takes a break from “throwing stones” to join the boys for an "agenda-free" episode of the podcast, answers listener tweets, explains why 125 Grateful Dead shows isn’t too many and shares his least favorite thing about close friend Graig Kreindler.
Episode originally aired February 15, 2022.
Just in time for Christmas, St. Nick's favorite former Major Leaguer, Steve Christmas, joins the boys to talk about living with such a festive last name, playing behind Hall of Fame catchers Johnny Bench and Carlton Fisk, how Tom Seaver got him traded and sharing a locker next to another future Hall of Famer...Lee Smith.
Episode originally aired December 22, 2017.
Jay Caldwell and Graig Kreindler, author and artist behind Black Baseball in Livng Color, join the boys to talk about what prompted them to team up again and why they chose the stories they did to best represent the history of the Negro Leagues, share an update on Jay’s awesome collection and…more listener questions for Graig!
Author and former Major League Baseball executive Rick Vaughn joins the boys to talk about his new book, 100 Years of Baseball on St. Petersburg’s Waterfront, the fabled history of Al Lang Stadium (including who brought the biggest crowd to the park), Babe Ruth’s connection to Florida’s Gulf coast, the sad history of Boardwalk and Baseball and, of course, an update on the infamous F*ckFace bat.
WWE superstar Bobby Lashley joins the boys to preview Survivor Series WarGames, the importance of good entrance music, growing up a Kansas City Royals fan, that time he called out Marcus Stroman on Twitter and how long the pitcher could last in the ring with him.
Vanessa Ivy Rose, granddaughter of Negro Leagues legend (and five-time Hall of Famer) Turkey Stearnes, joins the boys to share some of her favorite stories of her grandfather, her efforts to preserve his legacy, how he got his unique nickname and what his family calls him.
Just in time to celebrate her brother Glenn’s 70th birthday, Lutha Davis joins the boys to talk about Burke family traditions, being part of Pride Night at Dodgers Stadium, celebrating Dusty Baker’s recent World Series win and what we can do to keep her brother’s legacy alive.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers (and current Anaheim Ducks) organist Lindsay Imber joins the boys to talk about how she got her start in music, the difference between working baseball and hockey games, who she patterns her style after, her side gig critiquing umpires and whether or not Angel Hernandez is as bad as everyone thinks.
Four-time World Series champion (and Grammy-nominated musician) Bernie Williams joins the boys to talk about whether he considers himself a baseball player who plays guitar or a guitar player who played baseball, that time he surprised Derek Jeter and what he’s doing to bring awareness to interstitial lung disease.
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For the fifth time, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Pearlman joins the boys to talk about his new book, The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson, how the pandemic changed the writing process (and whether or not two-sport star offered any assistance), the stories that didn’t make the cut and, of course, Tecmo Bowl.
“McCovey Cove Dave” Edlund joins the boys to talk about how he got his start and what all goes into becoming baseball’s premier amphibious ballhawk, chasing Barry Bonds’ Oracle Park records, his plan for if (when?) he catches the San Francisco Giants’ 100th “splash hit” and reveals whether or not he’s peed in his wetsuit.
Cherelle “Torch” George and Rock “Wham” Middleton from the Harlem Globetrotters join the boys to talk about their new Saturday morning television show, what shows they probably shouldn’t appear on and why one of them should take the mound for the Savannah Bananas.
World Series-winning skipper Joe Maddon joins the boys to talk about Major League Baseball’s short attention span (and its inability to market their stars), reveals whether or not he’d consider managing the Savannah Bananas, gives some tips on how to break other curses and, of course, previews his new book, The Book of Joe.
Tom Seaver superfan Stuart Rosenthal joins the boys to talk about the similarities between him and podcast legend Jeff Katz, his chance meetings with his favorite baseball player of all-time, that time he got cursed out by Hall of Famer Warren Spahn and gets Shawn and Lou spill the beans on some of their favorite guests!
After explaining what a sod poodle is, identical twins Chris and Stefan Caray join the boys to talk about how they ended up joining the family business working in Armarillo as baseball’s first fourth-generation broadcasters, how they decide who does what in the booth and share who they think does the best impression of great-grandpa Harry.
Former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher Maybelle Blair returns to talk to the boys about “A League of Their Own” on Amazon Prime, shares her thoughts on the show’s cast, reveals what prompted her to come out and gives an update on the IWBC’s efforts to turn Rockford, Illinois, the “cradle of women’s baseball”.
Writer, director and producer Will Graham joins the boys to talk about the journey (and decision) to bring “A League of Their Own” back via Amazon Prime, shares the response from those associated with the 1992 classic film, explains the desire to tell the stories that hadn’t been told yet and why it was important to get Rockford right.
Dakota”Stilts” Albritton, pitcher and outfielder for the Savannah Bananas, joins the boys to talk about his tryout with the team, playing for former big leaguer Eric Byrnes, who reached out to him after getting his first hit (on national television!) and, of course, the most difficult thing to do while on stilts.
Two-time World Series champion and three-time All-Star Manny Sanguillén joins the boys to talk about how he went from playing baseball in the streets of Panama to being the beloved face of a BBQ restaurant in Pittsburgh, shares what it was like being part of Major League Baseball’s first all-black and Latino lineup, recalls his favorite moment as a big leaguer and, of course, fondly remembers his close relationships with both Dock Ellis and Roberto Clemente.
Episode originally aired January 1, 2019
Justin Schultz, author of 91 Since ‘91, joins the boys to talk about what prompted him to write a book about the greatest baseball players of his lifetime (and why the list is 91 long instead of, say, 100), how he determined who was included, the biggest surprises and snubs and looks back at his time working alongside Lou at Reviewing the Brew.
Darren Garnick, founder of Cards for the DR, joins the boys to talk about what prompted him to collect and distribute baseball cards to the youth of the Dominican Republic, how people have responded to his charitable crusade (and how you can get involved!), his love of “Batman '66”, globetrotting with a stuff Dino and makes his case for Carney Lansford to be inducted into The Hall of Very Good.
Legendary sports branding expert Todd Radom joins the boys to answer listener questions, introduces us to the Wichita Turbo Tubs, recalls tailgating at Milwaukee County Stadium (and “Midwest nice”) and sings the praises of Frank Pepe and his delicious pizza.
For the ninth time, America’s sweetheart Jeff Katz joins the boys to talk about Hall of Fame Induction Weekend and Bud Fowler’s connection to Cooperstown, why MLB should bring a regular season game to Doubleday Field, attempts to (kinda) humanize Rob Manfred and reveals a deep, dark secret about his extensive record collection.
From podcast fan to friend, Micah Blunt joins the boys to talk about spending time at the Hall of Fame, planning his next trip to Cooperstown, hanging out at the airport with Randy Johnson, that time the Seattle Mariners honored his lifelong dedication to the team and then, for some reason, turns the tables and asks Shawn and Lou some questions.
On the eve of the 2022 induction ceremony, Josh Rawitch joins the boys to talk about his first year on the job as president of the Hall of Fame, his daily “pinch me” moments, golfing with Bob Kendrick from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and what he and his team are looking for during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.