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 (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Jack Brohamer

We are discussing utility infielders on today’s podcast. When you think of utility infielders in the 1970s era, Jack Brohamer comes to mind. Utility infielders are a special breed. They do not play every day. They are asked to pinch hit, pinch run and also enter a game in the latter innings for defensive purposes. (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: Andy McGaffigan

Our guest this week is pitcher Andy McGaffigan. Andy played in the Majors from 1981 through 1991. He has a career record of 38-33 with a respectable ERA of 3.38. Listen in as Andy discusses playing in the Division II World Series, how tough it was to play baseball in Montreal, along with what it (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Pat Zachry

Our guest this week in one of the 1976 National League Rookie of the Year winners. That is correct, there were two that year and Pat Zachry was one of them. Pat pitched for the Cincinnati Reds when they won the 1976 World Series. He pitched in the Majors for 10 years, with a long (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Mike Garman

Mike Garman is our guest this week. Mike pitched in the Majors from 1969-1978 and was the 3rd overall pick out of the 1967 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Mike pitched for the Red Sox, Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers and Expos in his career. He shares a story about how he and Bill Buckner (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Dave Phillips

Do you remember the Disco Demolition Night in 1979? If so, the crew chief of that event is our guest this week. His name is Dave Phillips and he was an umpire in the American League from 1971-2002. Dave recalls that event in Comiskey Park along with his ejection of Gaylord Perry for throwing an (more…)

Back When There Was Baseball: Ken Tatum

Today’s guest is Ken Tatum, relief pitcher 1969-1974. Ken played college baseball at Mississippi State and signed with the California Angels after college. The Angels brought him up to the big leagues in 1969 and he responded with a great season. He appeared in 45 games, saving 22 of them with an ERA of 1.36. (more…)

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: Gary Neibauer

This week’s guest is Gary Neibauer. Gary pitched in the Majors from 1969-1973 for both the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. Listen in as Gary discusses his career and playing with greats such as Hank Aaron, Orlando Cepeda, Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton. Gary also discusses that he was touted to be the Phillies second (more…)