We are in Oakland pondering why the A’s with their great pitching are out of contention. Our PhD Committee talks about Brad Pitt, Moneyball - the movie and all things A’s. Baseball Bob gives us his insight on this year’s A’s season. The Wise Guys share their first time experience at Fenway Park and in another segment of Where in The World is Dave Matejczyk, Dave shares a Charlie Finley story and tells us about the California League. We then pack up and head east to what may be the prettiest Major League ball park – PNC Park. Pittsburgh Pirates here we come!
This week is A’s week with our podcast featuring the Oakland Athletics being released on Friday, August 12th. Moneyball was the 2003 best selling book by Michael Lewis about the Oakland A’s. The movie version will be released on September 23rd.
Hank Gowdy (1889 – 1966) was the first Major League player to enlist during World War I. Gowdy also enlisted in the military during World War II with the baseball field at Fort Benning bearing his name. During our last podcast (Episode 58 – Minnesota Twins), Ed Kasputis interviewed Frank Ceresi about this patriot.
Gowdy made his major league debut in 1910 with John McGraw’s Giants. A year later he was traded to the Boston Braves. In 1914, Gowdy was the Braves catcher. On July 4, 1914, the Braves were in last place in the National League. Two months later, the Braves were in first place and became the first team to win the pennant after being in last place so late in the season. Gowdy lead the Braves to a World Series sweep over the favored Philadelphia Athletics.
Gowdy has been unsuccessful in 17 attempts to be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Gowdy passed away in Columbus, Ohio in 1966.
National Memorial Day Concert – Charles Durning
The American Cemetery in Normandy
Rodney Johnson from playballexperience.com takes the lead!
April is complete and it’s time to review our 2010 Major League predictions that we made on April 2nd. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are in first place in the AL East with a record of 17 – 6. No one from our podcast crew has predicted the Rays to win the AL East.
Currently, the New York Yankees would qualify as the American League wild card team. Professor Bukiet, Rodney Johnson, Ed, Farley, Mark, Baseball Bob, Who and I don’t know have predicted that the Yankees will make the playoffs.
Lastly, in the NL wild card, the San Francisco Giants would qualify as the wild card with a 13 – 9 record. Only Rodney Johnson predicted the Giants to make the playoffs. It was this bold prediction that allowed Rodney Johnson to capture the lead in our predictions race. After one month, Rodney Johnson is in the lead with a long season of baseball yet to be played.
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