Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, joins the boys (for the fifth time!) to talk about the recent civil unrest and why he’s encouraged by the actions of today’s young African-American players, what Buck O’Neil would think of what’s going on in 2020 and whether or not the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues would extend beyond its scheduled centennial celebration.
Renowned ballpark architect Janet Marie Smith joins the boys to talk about being rejected by and then designing Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles, her current gig with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the difference between building a stadium from the ground up and renovating one that’s been standing for almost a century and what baseball fans can expect when they return to Chavez Ravine.
Greg Proops returns to talk to the boys about (and share the behind-the-scenes account of) his role as emcee of the 2019 Negro Leagues Hall of Game celebration, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, explains why he’s always “dressed to the nines” and shares his pandemic reading list.
New York Times bestselling author Jon Pessah joins the boys to talk about his new book Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask and the personal reasons he chose to write about the Hall of Famer, whether or not the catcher should be considered one of the faces on a New York Yankees Mount Rushmore, recalls that crazy 1998 home run chase and whether or not some of baseball’s suspected steroid users deserve a place in Cooperstown.
Mark Malkoff, the host of “The Carson Podcast”, joins the boys to talk about growing up going to Chicago Cubs games, Johnny Carson’s relationship to Milwaukee Brewers legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker, hanging out at Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s New York apartment and shares the one guest he’d love to have on his podcast.
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 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, the heartbreak of not premiering at SXSW and, most importantly, gives an update on the fantastic Pat Henschel.
2005 Hall of Fame inductee Wade Boggs joins the boys to talk about his fear of horses, his unlikely friendship with former WWE superstar Curt Hennig (aka Mr. Perfect), that time the wrestler saved his life and, lastly, his relationship with his number one superfan.
Former Major Leaguer Kurt Bevacqua joins the boys to talk about the eclectic and mustachioed cast of characters (including the late-Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn!) he played with on the 1984 National League champion San Diego Padres, fondly remembers, for some reason, his favorite boot shop in Texas, dishes on Bruce Bochy’s hat size and, lastly, shares his thoughts on what effect baseball current work stoppage will have on the game.
Entrepreneur and owner of multiple minor league teams Gary Green joins the boys to talk about his recent donation of more than 45,000 medical masks to the Omaha community, whether or not he thinks Major League Baseball’s plan to contract 42 minor league teams will actually happen, that time he flew cross country just to meet Warren Buffett (and ended up buying a baseball team!) and some of his favorite New York Mets memories.
April Matthis, the star of the off-Broadway play “Toni Stone” joins the boys to talk about how she prepared to take on the role of one of the legendary Negro Leagues player and what it meant to her and her family personally, shares what it was like hanging out with Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president (and good friend of the podcast) Bob Kendrick in Kansas City, offers up what she knows about whether or not a Toni Stone movie could be in the works and, yeah, dishes on that recent Drama Desk Award nomination she received.
Outspoken former minor league player-turned-advocate Eric Sim joins the boys to talk about how he is staying active and in shape during the coronavirus pandemic, what he’s doing to help minor leaguers (and what you can do to help!) and shares his thoughts on the current state of baseball and commissioner Rob Manfred.
Former three-sport collegiate athlete and 1997-98 NBA World Champion Rusty LaRue joins the boys to talk about making ACC history and how that might’ve earned him some points with a fellow baseball player-turned-basketball player, how he withstood the hoopla of playing with the eventual six-time champion Chicago Bulls and that time he scored some of Michael Jordan’s tickets for some friends.
Legendary organist Nancy Faust joins the boys to talk about how she got her start with the Chicago White Sox and whether or not she ever imagined spending 41 years on the southside, shares her excitement over finding an old reel-to-reel recording of her first game, recalls the team’s infamous “Disco Demolition Night” and, naturally, picks walk up music for Shawn and Lou.
The host of the Starting 9 Podcast (and former Oakland A’s pitcher), Dallas Braden joins the boys to talk about how he’s been passing the time without baseball and why this work stoppage is the game’s “Coyote Ugly” moment, reveals the reason behind Major League Baseball’s marketing problem, remembers how cool it was to share his Mother’s Day perfect game with his grandmother and, most importantly, gives an update on his beard.
New Cleveland Indians outfielder Delino DeShields returns to talk to the boys about what he’s doing to pass the time during baseball’s work stoppage, reviews the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie (and talks about the screening he hosted), shares his thoughts about fitting in with his new team, answers Lou’s question about whether or not Terry Francona is cool and reveals if he thinks Ohio is big enough to handle both him and his dad, Cincinnati Reds coach Delino DeShields.
The day was April 15, 1997 and, apparently, all Hell was about to break loose at Major League Baseball's inaugural Jackie Robinson Day celebration at Shea Stadium.
“We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen" is what the Secret Service told Mr. Met, the New York Mets beloved mascot.
Did the Secret Service REALLY want to kill Mr. Met...and why?
Duane Rieder, the Curator and Executive Director of The Clemente Museum, joins the boys to talk about how a chance encounter with Roberto Clemente as a kid in 1971 helped shape his life and paved the way for him to devote his life to preserving the memory of the Pittsburgh Pirates legend and, of course, all the cool things he has going on with Engine House 25 Wines.
New New York Yankees hitting coach Rachel Balkovec joins the boys to talk about what she’s been up to since she was first on the podcast (SPOILER ALERT: she's been up to a lot), lays out her new gig, shares what she is doing to help people out during the current pandemic and, for some reason, wonders what a travel show with her and 2 Chainz would look like.
Actor, writer and director D.B. Sweeney joins the boys to talk about preparing to play “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in “Eight Men Out”, how he hoped starring in “Fire in the Sky” would lead to a role as Spiderman for James Cameron, the best advice he’s ever gotten if confronted by two alligators, when to use a stunt double (and when not to) and, of course, working alongside Sean Astin in his new short film “Two Dum Micks".
1991 Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins joins the boys to talk about his time playing for the Harlem Globetrotters (and his relationship with one of their legends…the late-Curly Neal), shares his excitement over another Canadian joining him in Cooperstown in July and recalls that time he gave Madison Bumgarner a lesson in autograph etiquette.
Author Brendan Donley, the dude behind the 2020 Astros Shame Tour, joins the boys to talk about how broke social media by creating Houston’s least-favorite Twitter account, breaks down commissioner Rob Manfred’s punishment of the 2017 World Series champs and re-visits Bob Gibson’s 1968 dominance.
Jared Orton, president of the Savannah Bananas, joins the boys to talk about how he went from being a headless mascot to heading up one of minor league baseball’s most fan-friendly teams, why his team opted to go ad-free at historic Grayson Stadium, how he managed to get the team to play wearing kilts and explains the beef between his team and the Macon Bacon.
Matt Iseman, host of “American Ninja Warrior” and winner of “The Celebrity Apprentice”, joins the boys to talk about when he was first bitten by the showbiz bug, that no-hitter he threw while at Princeton and the work he’s doing for The Arthritis Foundation.
Anika Orrock, author of The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, joins the boys to talk about what inspired her to write her new book, shares her favorite story and, most importantly, teams up with Lou to plan a “Golden Girls” re-boot.
Mike Oz, host of the Yahoo! series “Old Baseball Cards”, joins the boys to talk about how his grandma got him into collecting (and their quest to find that elusive Jose Canseco Rated Rookie card), lists the top guys he’d like to have on his show and goes full-on “Inside the Actors Studio” and answers some James Lipton-inspired questions.