As we get ready for the results of which of our heroes will be elected to the Hall of Fame, Ed Kasputis interviews Matt Sullivan, co-author of A Fan’s-Eye View of the Baseball Hall of Fame: A Critique of Baseball’s Greatest Institution.
Ed Kasputis interviews baseball researcher, James D. Smith III about the barehanded catcher, James “Deacon” White (1847-1939) who was the only player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.
Ed Kasputis interviews author Andre Lower about his book, Auditioning for Cooperstown: Rating Baseball’s Stars for the Hall of Fame.
Ed Kasputis interviews baseball researcher, James D. Smith III about the barehanded catcher, James “Deacon” White (1847-1939) who will be the only player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 28, 2013.
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
Ed, Farley and Mark are in America’s Finest City, San Diego. Our PhD Committee explores all things San Diego. Ed then gets wisdom from James D. Smith III as he learns about the Padres and the importance of having a hobby. Ed then interviews Brad Horn from the Baseball Hall of Fame as it prepares for its annual Hall of Fame Weekend which will take place from July 23 – 26. The Wise Guys get back to the future as they battle it out with a baseball history quiz and ponder what would have happened had Ray Kroc not saved the Padres from moving in 1974. At the end of the podcast, our PhD Committee salutes San Diego Bay and heads north toward Hollywood. Next week is Dodgers‘ week, think blue.
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.