Minicast – Baseball Americana

June 24, 2013 by  
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Episode 203 - Baseball Americana

Ed Kasputis interviews Frank Ceresi, co-author of Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress.

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Memorial Day 2011 – Remembering Hank Gowdy

May 29, 2011 by  
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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

2011 Minnesota Twins

May 26, 2011 by  
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Memorial Day 2011, our PhD Committee is back in beautiful Minneapolis but what a difference a year makes.  The Twins are struggling and in last place. Ed interviews Stew Thornley about Harmon Killebrew.  Frank Ceresi shares his thoughts on MLB veteran Hank Gowdy and and our PhD Committee debates whether playoff expansion is wise.  Then we pack up for the Motor City.  Next week, it’s time to ponder whether the Tigers can catch those Indians?

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Washington Nationals

April 15, 2010 by  
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Nationals Presidents

Cherry Blossoms,  Congress,  Racing Presidents and your money.  This week we are in our Nation’s capitol where all four can be found.

We start our podcast by making a u-turn and taking a quick jaunt back to Minneapolis to interview Kevin Smith, Executive Director of Public Affairs for the Minnesota Twins.  Kevin gives a a recap of Target Field opening day.

Next Ed, Farley and Mark discuss the great features of our Nation’s capitol and Nationals baseball.  Gina Leo Stingley from Populous teaches us that Nationals Park is a green park in a city on a hill that would make any environmentalist proud.  Ed then interviews Frank Ceresi, co-author of the book, Baseball Americana – Treasures From The Library of Congress.  (FYI.  Library of Congress is archiving all Twitter messages!)

Ed, Farley and Mark then conclude the podcast with excitement as they leave the green ballpark in D.C. for next week’s podcast destination – the green monster at Fenway.

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Baseball Americana – Treasures From The Library of Congress

April 5, 2010 by  
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Frank Ceresi

Frank Ceresi

Baseball Americana – Treasures From The Library of Congress is a wonderful book that showcases the rich history of our national pastime.  In preparation for Opening Day, Ed Kasputis sat down with co-author, Frank Ceresi to travel down baseball memory lane.

This interview will be part of our April 9, 2010 podcast featuring the Washington Nationals.