We have a Yankee of a podcast for you. The tradition plus the payroll. Our PhD Committee talks about this franchise’s glorious past (and future). Ed interviews Canadians Mike and Donna Smolders about their Yankee experience visiting Boston, New York City and Cooperstown. Craig Muder fills us in on the 2011 Hall of Fame weekend from Cooperstown. Mr. Sports Travel aka Joe Connor teaches us the 5 best baseball places to explore in NYC. We then hail a cab and head to LaGuardia. Next week it’s Dodger Blue and the bankruptcy saga of their owners. Say it ain’t so Vin Scully. Say it ain’t so.
We are deep in the heart of Texas! Ed, Farley and Mark explore the Metroplex – Dallas. So much to see and do, Fort Worth Stockyards, Cowboys Stadium with their lovely cheerleaders and Rangers Ballpark. Ed shares his rodeo experience and interviews Branch Rickey expert, Lee Lowenfish. Ed then interviews Brad Horn from the Baseball Hall of Fame about the 3 men who were inducted on July 25th. Our PhD Committee then fuels up the car and heads to the next great Texas city – Houston.
The Georgia Peach
This week is Tigers‘ week and who can talk about the Motor City without honoring their greatest ballplayer, Ty Cobb. Cobb played for the Tigers for 22 seasons with the last 6 as their player-manager. A patriot, Cobb left during the 1918 season to fight in The Great War (Word War I).
In 1936, Cobb received the most votes of any player on the inaugural ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cobb received 222 out of a possible 226 votes. Cobb set 90 Major League records during his career including the highest career batting average (.366). Nicknamed the Georgia Peach, Cobb played the game hard and aggressive. The Detroit Free Press summed up Cobb’s style as “daring to the point of dementia.”
Norm Coleman of Half Moon Bay, California considers Cobb the greatest ballplayer of all time. Each week Coleman honors the Georgia Peach with his one man play. Norm will be interviewed on our Detroit Tigers podcast which will be released on May 21, 2010. Enjoy the video from the first act of Norm’s tribute to Ty Cobb.