Back When There Was Baseball: Fred Beene

Our guest this week is Fred Beene. Fred was in the Baltimore Oriole organization during their great years in the 1960s to early 1970s. He had trouble breaking into the Big Leagues until he was traded to the NY Yankees. He had two great years with the Yankees in 1972 and 1973, during the CBS (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Steve Balboni

Our guest this week is Steve “Bye Bye” Balboni. Our co-host, Steve Schaaf, played in the 1977 Division II College World Series with Steve Balboni, which ads an interesting take to this podcast. Balboni was introduced to America during the MLB strike of 1981. ESPN started to cover minor league baseball and Steve played for (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Duke Sims

Who was the last player to hit a home run in the original Yankee Stadium (1973) before the massive remodel? His name is Duke Sims and he is our guest this week. Duke also had the privilege of catching one of the greatest pitching staffs in the history of the game, the 1968 Cleveland Indian (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Barry Foote

We have Barry Foote as our guest on the podcast this week. Barry was signed out of high school in North Carolina by the Montreal Expos. He had the privilege of playing for Gene Mauch while being the Expos starting catcher from 1974-1976. Barry was traded to the Phillies and was part of their NLCS (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Jim Price

Jim Price is our guest this week. Jim is currently the color analyst for Detroit Tigers radio broadcasts and has been announcing for almost 30 years. He was a member of the 1968 World Series Champion Detroit Tigers. He came out of Hershey (PA) High School to play in the Pittsburgh Pirate minor league system....

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Back When There Was Baseball: Jake O’Donnell

Who is the only person to officiate All-Star games in both MLB and the NBA? We have him as our guest this week and his name is Jake O’Donnell. Jake is more noted for his outstanding NBA officiating career (1967-1995), but we are talking with Jake about his MLB umpiring career which spanned from 1967-1971....

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Back When There Was Baseball: Bruce Kimm

This week, we are going back to the 45th anniversary of “Birdmania”. For those who don’t remember, this was in 1976 with Mark “The Bird” Fidrych setting Tiger Stadium in a frenzy with his pitching performance and antics on the mound. Fidrych passed away in 2009, but we have his personal catcher, Bruce Kimm, to...

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Back When There Was Baseball: Juan Berenguer

Our guest this week is Juan Berenguer, better known as Senor Smoke, El Gasolino, the Panama Express or Pancho Villa. Juan was the first Panamanian baseball player to win a World Series and he won two (Detroit 1984 and Minnesota 1987). He started out with the New York Mets in the late 1970s, but became...

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Back When There Was Baseball: Al Clark

We are privileged to have long time American League umpire Al Clark as our guest this week. Al umpired from 1976-2001 and was a member of the umpiring crew in the 1978 AL East one-game playoff in Fenway Park between the Red Sox and Yankees (the famous Bucky Dent HR game). Al also umpired in...

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Back When There Was Baseball: Bill Melton

Who was the American League home run leader in 1971? If you do not know the answer, maybe “It is soo hot in Chicago that the third baseman is Melton” will jog your memory. Bill Melton is our guest this week. Bill talks about his career and also the many teammates he played with, including...

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