Every other Tuesday at 9 AM a new podcast will be released.
June 11, 2019 … The golf season is in full swing and Major Championships are a hot topic. On this edition of Sports’ Forgotten Heroes we welcome Connor T. Lewis from the TalkinGolf History podcast for a discussion on three forgotten champions who were unknown’s prior to their breakthrough victories in the Open Championship and the U.S. Open. Mungo Park, who won the Open Championship in 1874 after having spent 20-years at sea; David Brown, who the Open Championship in 1886 after being coaxed to come down off a roof in which he was laying tile; and Jack Fleck who beat Ben Hogan in a playoff to capture the 1955 U.S. Open after having stormed back from a9-shot deficit.
June 25, 2019 … Ray Collins pitched just seven years in the Majors for the Boston Red Sox. His career was on an upwards pointing trajectory before it was cut short by a shoulder injury. His best year was 1914 when he went 20-13, but that’s when the shoulder started to act up. It wasn’t long afterwards that he had to call it quits. But, while with the Red Sox, he was a key ingredient, and he also played a huge role in the startup of the Federal League leveraging it against the Red Sox for a better salary. Tom Simon, Founding Chairman of SABR’s Deadball Era Committee joins the podcast for a wonderful discussion about a terrific pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.
July 9, 2019 … Hal Trosky is one of the most underrated and overlooked superstars in the history of baseball. How else can you explain the fact that guy bursts onto the scene and during his first four years averages 33+ home runs a season, over 136 RBI a year and bats, on average. .310? More amazingly, very few fans of the Cleveland Indians, the team for whom he toiled, know who Hal Trosky is. During his playing days, the Indians were nothing more than a second-division team, and when you play for a team that does not contend during the days of Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg, it’s pretty tough to make a name for yourself. But, Trosky certainly had the numbers and he certainly put fear into opposing pitchers. Bill Johnson who wrote the book, “Hal Trosky: A Baseball Biography,” stops by for a wonderful conversation about one of baseball’s forgotten heroes – Hal Trosky.