2021 Summer of ’68

July 28, 2021 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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2021 Re-broadcast – Episode 100

July 21, 2021 by  
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As we prepare for Episode 600 let’s remember Episode 100 from the 100th floor of the Empire State Building! Our PhD Committee goes down memory lane as we remember our first 100 podcasts.  Thanks for listening and let’s continue to get our PhD in life through baseball.

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2021 Minicast – James “Deacon” White

June 9, 2021 by  
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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.

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2021 Minicast Cook & Son PhD Ceremony

March 24, 2021 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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2021 The Walker Brothers

March 11, 2021 by  
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Ed Kasputis and Dave Matejczyk interview baseball historian, Craig Brown about Moses Fleetwood Walker (1856 – 1924) and Weldy Walker (1860 – 1937), who were the first two African American professional baseball players.

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2021 Margaret Mitchell minicast

February 4, 2021 by  
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Ed Kasputis interviews Joanna Arietta about Atlanta’s famous, Margaret Mitchell.

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2021 Lake Placid 1980

January 28, 2021 by  
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Our PhD Committee remembers Lake Placid 1980 as Dave Matejczyk recalls his ultimate road trip.

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2020 Roberto Clemente Podcast

December 31, 2020 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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2020 Minicast – Watching Baseball Smarter

December 24, 2020 by  
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Ed Kasputis interviews baseball writer and author, Zack Hample about his book, Watching Baseball Smarter.

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Stealing First

December 6, 2020 by  
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Ed Kasputis interviews author, Chris Williams about his new book, Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories.

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