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.
Dan Wallach from "My Baseball History" podcast (and, formerly, the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum) joins the boys to talk about what's next for him personally, the current pains of being a Chicago White Sox fan, way too much "Jurassic Park" conversation and why it's a bad summer for dinosaurs.
“Clerks” star Brian O’Halloran joins the boys to talk about that other Brian O’Halloran in Boston, his admiration of the legendary George Carlin, how he ended up working with director Kevin Smith (and the upcoming “Clerks 3”), “spitting bars” with fellow View Askewniverse mainstay Jeff Anderson and getting the band back together at Fan Expo.
University of Rochester catcher (and glass-ceiling breaker) Beth Greenwood joins the boys to talk about her involvement with the Amazon Prime series "A League of Their Own", hanging out with AAGPBL living legend Maybelle Blair, remembers when she first gave the system the middle finger and reveils her new gig with the Philadelphia Phillies.
To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "A League of Their Own", actress and activist Tracy Reiner joins the boys to talk about how she landed the role of Betty "Spaghetti" Horn (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".
To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "A League of Their Own", Chris Bolan, the director of “A Secret Love”, joins the boys to talk about how he got the inspiration to record the lives of his great-aunt (former AAGPBL catcher Terry Donahue) and her longtime girlfriend for his Netflix documentary, the unlikely place he found most of the archival footage and pictures he’d end up using, the response he’s received from the LGBTQ community and, most importantly, gives an update on the fantastic Pat Henschel.
To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "A League of Their Own", filmmaker Kelly Candaele joins the boys to talk about his mother, former AAGPBL player Helen Callaghan, how his PBS documentary about the professional women's baseball league led to a call from Penny Marshall’s “people” and shares his thoughts on the upcoming Amazon series.
To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "A League of Their Own", 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.
"Facing Nolan" director Bradley Jackson joins the boys to talk about landing his dream gig, working with (and the praise he received from) the Ryan family, shares his favorite interviews and the interview he wishes he would have secured and, naturally, what was left on the proverbial cutting room floor.
Umpire-turned-author Dale Scott joins the boys to talk about his new book The Umpire is Out, shares the original (and rejected!) title and who would play him in a movie version, recalls the strangest questions he’s been asked while promoting his book and recalls that time he received a death threat for simply doing his job. SPOILER ALERT…it possibly (probably?) involves Billy Martin.
Andre Gaines, director of “After Jackie”, joins the boys to talk about his upcoming documentary and how he got involved, separates the Jackie Robinson fact from Jackie Robinson fiction, makes the Hall of Fame case for Bill White and explains how the efforts of the late-Curt Flood directly led to LeBron James making his historic “decision”.
Just in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut, author and baseball historian Ralph Carhart joins the boys to talk about 42’s best (and worst) big screen portrayals, shares what it was like to interview Jackie’s daughter Sharon and, along with Lou, becomes a voluntary spokesperson for the Ireland Board of Tourism.
Check out the new SABR book Not an Easy Tale to Tell: Jackie Robinson on the Page, Stage, and Screen!
Former Rockford Peach Shirley Burkovich passed away March 31, 2022.
In November 2019, “Hustle” joined 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”.
Episode originally aired November 19, 2019.
Lutha Davis, sister of the late-Glenn Burke, joins the boys to talk about growing up in a house full of athletes, the excitement of her brother being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1972, Glenn’s struggles as an openly gay man playing professional baseball and the legacy he left behind following his death in 1995.
On the eve of WrestleMania 23, Wade Boggs inducted his friend Curt Hennig into the WWE Hall of Fame, but did you know that if it wasn't for Mr. Perfect, the Chicken Man's own Hall of Fame career might have been over?
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