Minicast – Down to the Last Pitch

June 16, 2014 by  
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Episode 265 - Down to the Last Pitch

What was the greatest World Series?  Ed Kasputis learns as he interviews author, Tim Wendel about his new book, Down to the Last Pitch.

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2014 Minicast – The Summer of ’68

May 19, 2014 by  
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Episode 181 - Summer of '68

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 McLainMickey LolichWillie 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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Minicast – High Heat

April 15, 2013 by  
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Episode 188 - High Heat

Ed Kasputis interviews author, Tim Wendel about his book, High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time.

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Minicast – Summer of ’68

March 18, 2013 by  
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Episode 181 - Summer of '68

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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2012 Detroit Tigers

April 12, 2012 by  
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Could this be the Year of the Tiger?  Our PhD Committee is in Detroit as our two time predictions champ, Professor Bruce Bukiet makes his 2012 MLB predictions for all teams.  Ed then interviews author, Tim Wendel about his new book, The Summer of ’68: The Season that Changed Baseball and America Forever.  Our podcast concludes as we say good bye to the Motor City and head to Beantown.  Fenway is 100.

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2011 Washington Nationals

September 15, 2011 by  
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The Nats are improving!  Strasburg is back and Bryce Harper is waiting in the wings.  We are in D.C. as Ed Kasputis interviews Joe Drugan from thenatsblog.com and author, Tim Wendel about the fastball.  Our PhD Committee enjoys the city where we send our tax dollars but after the podcast head due west to The Gateway to the WestSt. Louis.  Can the Cardinals make the playoffs?

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