2016 Pittsburgh Pirates

August 21, 2016   | Leave a comment

Episode 360 - Pittsburgh Pirates

Are the Pirates contenders or pretenders?  We debate as our PhD Committee enjoys the Steel City.  Ed interviews Joe Connor aka Mr. Sports Travel about all the great things to do in Western Pennsylvania.

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60 Days of Baseball

August 17, 2016   | Leave a comment

Episode 359 - 60 Days of Baseball

Ed & Dave interview Canadian Chris Lapointe about his 60 day U.S. baseball road trip.

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2016 New York Yankees

August 14, 2016   | Leave a comment

Episode 358 - New York Yankees

A-Rod has left the building as we talk about the Big Apple and the Evil Empire.  Ed Kasputis interviews  Andrew Mearns from pinstripealley.com and Peg Zitko from libertyellisfoundation.org.  Go Yankees!!!

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2016 Ernie Harwell Re-broadcast

August 10, 2016   | Leave a comment

Episode 38 - Ernie Harwell

This podcast features baseball sportscaster great, Ernie Harwell.  Our PhD Committee first reviews Major League Baseball’s playoff expansion idea of adding an additional wild card team in each league and then shifts into analyzing who is listening to our podcasts.  Then it’s time for Harwell.  Hear Harwell’s moving 1955 poem – The Definition of Baseball, then hear Harwell’s account of baseball’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World.  Ed Kasputis then interviews baseball author, Irwin J. Cohen about his friend, Ernie Harwell. The podcast concludes with At the Mixer with Marty Allen as Marty relives his most memorable day in radio – Sunday, October 26, 1997 as our PhD Committee gets ready for our next podcast featuring sportscaster great, Mel Allen.

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2016 Seattle Mariners

August 7, 2016   | Leave a comment

Episode 357 - Seattle Mariners

We are in the Great Northwest as Mark comes home from Ireland.  Ed Kasputis interviews Ted Huetter from the Museum of Flight and Matt Ellis from lookoutlanding.com.  The podcast concludes as Farley helps close it out and keeps his streak alive for never missing a Baseball PhD podcast  (357 and counting!).

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2016 Moe Berg Re-broadcast

August 3, 2016   | Leave a comment

Episode 36 - Moe Berg

The Catcher Who Was a Spy

This week we honor the man who inspired the creation of Baseball PhD – Moe Berg (1902 – 1972).  Moe Berg got his PhD in life – through baseball.  Berg spoke 12 languages travelled the world, played in the major leagues and served as America’s foremost atomic spy during World War II.  Berg knew about the existence of America’s atomic bomb before President Truman!  Discover his story as Ralph BergerLouis JacobsonChuck BrodskyLinda McCarthy and our PhD Committee remember Moe Berg.

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2016 Chicago White Sox

July 31, 2016   | Leave a comment

Episode 356 - Chicago White Sox

The Sox are in third and could the actions of Chris Sale be absurd?  We enjoy the Second City as Ed Kasputis interviews Chris Wills from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.

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2016 Minicast – Eight Men Out

July 27, 2016   | Leave a comment

Eight Men Out Collage

Eight Men Out is a 1988 American baseball classic movie that depicts the 1919 Chicago White Sox gambling scandal.  In our first minicast (a short podcast), Ed Kasputis and baseball researcher, Jim Nitz review this must see movie.  Say it ain’t so Joe.

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2016 Philadelphia Phillies

July 24, 2016   | Leave a comment

Episode 355 - Philadelphia Phillies

The Democrats are in Philadelphia and the Phillies are in 4th.  Our PhD Committee talks about Philadelphia while Ed interviews Joe Connor about things to do in America’s 5th largest city and Rich Baxter from fightinphillies.com about this year’s Phillies.  Farley makes his grand entrance as he arrives from South Carolina at the close of the podcast to keep his episode streak alive at 355.

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2016 Minicast – Summer of ’68

July 20, 2016   | Leave a comment

Episode 181 - Summer of '68

Ed Kasputis interviews author, Tim Wendel about his book, Summer of ’68: The Season That Changed Baseball – and America – Forever.

From the beginning, ’68 was a season rocked by national tragedy and sweeping change. Opening Day was postponed and later played in the shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral. That summer, as the pennant races were heating up, the assassination of Robert Kennedy was later followed by rioting at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. But even as tensions boiled over and violence spilled into the streets, something remarkable was happening in major league ballparks across the country. Pitchers were dominating like never before, and with records falling and shut-outs mounting, many began hailing ’68 as “The Year of the Pitcher.”

Meanwhile in Detroit—which had burned just the summer before during one of the worst riots in American history—’68 instead found the city rallying together behind a colorful Tigers team led by Denny McLainMickey LolichWillie Horton, and Al Kaline. The Tigers would finish atop the American League, setting themselves on a highly anticipated collision course with Bob Gibson’s Cardinals.

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