Back When There Was Baseball: Jim Lefebvre

Our guest this week is the 1965 National League Rookie of the Year. His name is Jim Lefebvre and he played with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1965-1972 then continued his career in Japan for four more years. Jim also managed the Mariners, Cubs and Brewers as well as the Chinese National Team. He has (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Jon Matlack

Our guest this week on Back When There Was Baseball is the 1972 National League Rookie of the Year, pitcher Jon Matlack. Jon was a member of the 1973 New York Mets which made it to the World Series. He started four games in the 1973 postseason with an outstanding ERA. He pitched in both (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Dickie Thon

Our guest this week was headed for the MLB Hall of Fame before a tragic injury curtailed his career. Listen as Dickie Thon talks about coming into the Majors with the California Angels before being traded to the Houston Astros. He thrived in Houston before he was hit in the head with a pitch by (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Balor Moore

Balor Moore is our guest this week. Balor started his career on fire with an ERA under 1.00 in his first season in A ball in 1969. He got his first opportunity in the Big Leagues with the Montreal Expos in 1970 and had a really good season in 1972. Unfortunately, Balor gave up Mike (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Frank DiPino

Our guest this week is Frank DiPino. Frank pitched with several teams and was very effective, mostly through the 1980s. He started out with Milwaukee and unfortunately was traded before appearing in the 1982 World Series. He then played with Houston and was traded in the middle of the 1986 season before he was able (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Rick Wise

June 23, 2021 will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest achievements in not only Philadelphia Phillies, but also MLB history. Rick Wise pitched a no-hitter on that Wednesday evening in Cincinnati while also hitting 2 home runs. Later in that same season, he recorded 32 consecutive outs in a game vs. the (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Len Matuszek

If you are a long-time Phillies fan, you will remember this player. Len Matuszek joins us this week on the podcast to discuss his career. I remembered Len’s contributions in the last month of the 1983 season which culminated in a World Series appearance for the Phils. Len also had a solid 1984 season before (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Larry Barnett

The 1975 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox was voted as the best World Series in history. There is only one umpire still remaining from that series and he is our guest this week on Back When There Was Baseball. Larry Barnett joins us and he talks about his storied career. (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Billy Sample

Our guest this week is Billy Sample. Billy came out of James Madison University and was drafted in the 10th round of the free agent draft in 1976 by the Texas Rangers. He was a career .270 hitter for the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. Billy is a mystery, due to the...

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