2019 Summer of ’68

May 22, 2019 by  
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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 McLain, Mickey Lolich, Willie 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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2019 Minicast – Last Great Scout

May 8, 2019 by  
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Ed Kasputis interviews Dan Austin about his book, Baseball’s Last Great Scout: The Life of Hugh Alexander.

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2019 Game 6 Road Trip Re-broadcast

April 10, 2019 by  
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Let’s remember one of the greatest World Series games of all time – Game 6 of the the 2011 World Series.

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2019 Spring Training

February 24, 2019 by  
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Our Season 10 has begun as we celebrate the start of spring with our Spring Training podcast. Manny Machado has found his new home but what about Bryce Harper?

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2019 Seoul Train

January 23, 2019 by  
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As we wait for pitchers and catchers to report, we remember last year’s podcast that focused on the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea as we said good bye to Ed Kasputis and Dave Matejczyk as they prepared to leave for the XXIII Winter Olympic Games.

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2019 Minicast Cook & Son PhD Ceremony

January 16, 2019 by  
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Our PhD Committee honors Todd Cook and his six year old son, Tim as they completed their baseball journey by visiting all 30 current Major League ballparks in 2012.

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2019 The Grind

January 9, 2019 by  
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Ed Kasputis interviews author and national baseball writer at the Washington Post, Barry Svrluga about his newly released book, The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season.

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2019 Roberto & Me Minicast

January 6, 2019 by  
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Ed Kasputis interviews baseball historian and children’s author, Dan Gutman about his book, Roberto & Me.

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2018 Roberto Clemente Podcast

December 23, 2018 by  
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Our PhD Committee remembers Roberto Clemente on the 46th Anniversary of his death.  Ed Kasputis and Dave Matejczyk interview Pulitzer Prize winner, David Maraniss about Clemente.

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2018 Arizona Fall League

November 7, 2018 by  
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Our PhD Committee is in Phoenix sharing the best kept secret in baseball – The Arizona Fall League.  Ed Kasputis interviews Steve Cobb, Director of the Arizona Fall League and Mr. Sports Travel aka Joe Connor shares his travel insights on the Valley of the Sun.

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