Our PhD Committee enjoys Florida as spring training games begin. Is terrestrial radio dying? Ed, Farley and Dave debate that topic before Ed interviews Nick Gandy from the Florida Sports Foundation. Next stop, San Francisco.
Ed, Farley & Mark review Moe Berg’s famous article that Berg wrote for the Atlantic Monthly in 1941 – “Pitchers & Catchers.” Our next podcast will be the re-release of Episode 36 - Moe Berg as our PhD Committee pays homage to the man who inspired Baseball PhD.
Welcome to Season 4 as our PhD Committee explores both the Cactus League and the upcoming World Baseball Classic. We remember the 75th anniversary of Abbott and Costello’s Who’s on First comedy routine. We close the podcast with Edward Meeker’s 1908 (when the Cubs won the World Series!) rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame as we head east to beautiful Florida and its Grapefruit League.
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 Berger, Louis Jacobson, Chuck Brodsky, Linda McCarthy and our PhD Committee remember Moe Berg.
Greatest Baseball Sportscaster of All Time
Our PhD Committee honors Vin Scully as the greatest baseball sportscaster of all time. We also remember Seattle’s Hall of Fame baseball sportscaster, Dave Niehaus who passed away on November 10th. Ed, Farley and Mark then explore the life of Scully and listen to some of his greatest clips. Ed then interviews Dodger faithful and English Professor, Frank Ardolino about Scully. We then travel back in time and hear Scully’s words of wisdom during his commencement address at Pepperdine University in 2008. Ed and Farley then interview Cleveland radio great, Marty Allen in the first of a six part series of At the Mixer with Marty Allen. The podcast then concludes as Ed, Farley and Mark preview Snow Days at Progressive Field which will open on Friday, November 26th. Next podcast – the second greatest baseball sportscaster of all time, 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.
Mordecai Israel was his name
Mel Allen was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up to become the “Voice of the Yankees“. Our PhD Committee relives his great life with the help of authors, Stephen Borelli, Stanley Cohen and Rob Edelman. Our podcast also talks about Cliff Lee returning to the Phillies and notable baseball deaths for 2010. Then it’s time for At the Mixer with Marty Allen (no relation to Mel). Our podcast concludes as we say good bye to Mel and hello to another great sportscaster and mentor - Red Barber.
We honor one of the greatest baseball sportscasters of all time - Red Barber. We explore his life and influence. Ed interviews and thanks Dale Mugford from Brave New Code for our new mobile web site. Ed then interviews author, speech writer and professor, Curt Smith. Our podcast concludes as we remember the Ol’ Redhead and prepare for our next podcast - Jack Buck and “That’s a Winner.”