Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Guests

Lee Elder

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 66: Ernie Nevers, Episode 41: Joe Perry and Episode 12: Benny Friedman

Lee Elder is a former Secretary and Media Coordinator for the Professional Football Researchers Association. Lee is a published author having written the Civil War book, That Bloody Hill: Hilliard’s Legion at Chickamauga. Regarding football, Lee, a true student of the game, contributed to a terrific book about the 1958 Colts. A former sportswriter and broadcaster, he is a member of the Imperial Valley High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his media work. He and wife Amy live in Tallmadge, Ohio, where he is a public relations representative for Goodyear Racing.

Gaylon H. White

Gaylon H. White has written several terrific books about baseball including with “The Bilko Athletic Club,” and “Singles and Smiles.” Gaylon’s latest release is a wonderful compilation of short biographies on baseball players called, “Left On Base in the Bush Leagues.” Each biography concentrates on a player who made major impacts in minor league baseball, but either never made it to the Majors or only spent a very brief time in the Majors. Three of those minor league stars are Joe Brovia, Joe Bauman and Bob Crues and Gaylon joins SFH for a conversation about each.

Joe Niese

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 63: Burleigh Grimes and Episode 43: Gus Dorais

Joe Niese has written several books, mostly to do with sports’ stars who come from his corner of the world. Joe’s first appearance on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes came in episode 43 when we talked about the incredible football career of Gus Dorais. Now, Joe returns to Sports’ Forgotten Heroes to talk about the legendary career of the last man in Major League Baseball allowed to legally throw a spit ball: Burleigh Grimes. Niese uncovered a tremendous amount of information about Grimes and put it all together in a terrific biography of the Hall of Famer in a book titled, “Burleigh Grimes, Baseball’s Last Legal Spitballer.

Tom Buggy

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 62: Ray Billows

Tom Buggy loves the history of golf. A resident of “upstate” New York (Duchess County), Buggy had the privilege of playing golf with one of the game’s greatest amateurs: Ray Billows. His interest in Billows’ career only grew after that round of golf and he ultimately chronicled the career of Ray Billows in a wonderful book, “Ray Billows, The Cinderella Kid.” So few have ever heard of Billows, the only man to ever lose in the final match of the U.S. Amateur three times. But you have to be really good, even great, to qualify for the final match of the U.S. Amateur, and Billows was about the best there was. Join Tom on SFH now as we discuss the wonderful career of Ray Billows.

Dave Heller

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 61: Ken Williams

Dave Heller has written three books about one of his favorite subjects: baseball. His first book was “As Good As It Got,” was a look back at one of the best seasons in the history of the St. Louis Browns. His second book, published in 2015, “Facing Ted Williams,” discusses the career of the Splendid Splinter from the perspective of those who played against him, and his latest book, “Ken Williams, A Slugger In Ruth’s Shadow,” is a look back at one of baseball’s forgotten superstars – Ken WIlliams.

William H. (Bill) Johnson

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 60: Hal Trosky

Bill Johnson has a very unique relationship with Hal Trosky. While he never had the opportunity to meet Hal, he is very familiar with his family as he married into the family. Over the course of several years, Bill, a life-long baseball fan, gathered up as much material as he could about Trosky, and over the course of a few years put it all together and then put it into book format. The result was a wonderful biography about one of baseball’s forgotten heroes, “Hal Trosky: A Baseball Biography,” Now, Bill joins Sports’ Forgotten Heroes for an in-depth discussion on this overlooked superstar of the 1930s.

Tom Simon

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 59: Ray Collins

Tom Simon is the Founding Chairman for SABR’s Deadball Era Committee. Tom also has a special affinity for baseball players who come from Vermont, guys like Ray Collins, Larry Gardner and Birdie Tebbetts. A lawyer in the practice of McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Burchard, P.C. in Vermont, Tom joins Sports’ Forgotten Heroes to talk about the terrific career of Ray Collins which was cut short because of a shoulder injury.

Connor T. Lewis

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 58: Mungo Park, David Brown, Jack Fleck

Connor T. Lewis became a fan of the game of golf AFTER he met his wife when she told him to get a hobby. And, like many, when he found something he liked, he dove in. Only, for Connor, he loved golf and its history so much, he studied the game and its origins and is now regarded as one of golf’s foremost authorities on its history. Connor now appears on Golf Channel, has a podcast of his own “Talkin Golf History” and is the founder of the “Society of Golf Historians.” Connor is the featured guest on this episode of Sports’ Forgotten Heroes as we discuss three forgotten champions, each of whom have remarkable stories: Mungo Park (1874 Open Championship), David Brown (1886 Open Championship, runner-up in the 1903 U.S. Open) and Jack Fleck (1955 U.S. Open).

 

Dennis Bingham

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 57: Hank O’Day

Dennis Bingham, for lack of a better term, is a baseball “junkie”. He loves the game and he stays involved through various means including: by calling balls and strikes in the Chicago-area, by writing about the game, and through his membership with SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research. In fact, Dennis is a founding member of SABR’s Umpire and Rules Committee. So, it’s only natural that Dennis took pen to paper to write the SABR biography of one of baseball’s most important figures, Hank O’Day. You can listen to Dennis and hear his passion for the subject now on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes and read his bio about O’Day here.

Gregory H. Wolf

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 56: Roy Sievers, Episode 37: Bob Allison and Episode 34: Kiki Cuyler

A lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, baseball junkie, and a true student of the game, Gregory H. Wolf just can not get enough of baseball. In fact, Wolf just about leaves and breathes the game, so much so, that he is the Co-Director of the Baseball Bio Project for SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) and has written over 150 biographies for the project including bios on such familiar names as Sal Bando, Bert Blyleven, Dallas Green and Mel Stottlemyre. But it’s Wolf’s research on the players who are as not familiar to us as the stars of the game such as Roy Sievers, Bob Allison and Hazen “Kiki” Cuyler of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and a few other teams. Gregory has also edited and served as the lead author on eight SABR books including, “Winning On The North Side, The 1929 Chicago Cubs,” and “A Pennant for the Twin Cities.” To read more of Wolf’s work now, including his bios on Allison and Cuyler, click here: Gregory H. Wolf bios.

Bill Mullins

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 55: The Seattle Pilots

Bill Mullins lived in Seattle in 1969; and it was an exciting time for the city (or some thought) as the Major League Baseball expanded that year and placed a team in the Emerald City – the Pilots. Bill remembers those days well. Unfortunately, though, the Pilots lasted just one year before an ownership change and a move to Milwaukee. A few years ago, Mullins was looking for info on the Pilots and couldn’t find it, so he wrote a book, “Becoming Big League: Seattle, the Pilots, and Stadium Politics,” a book that not only focuses on the Pilots lone season in Seattle, but all of the issues that surrounded the team and ultimately led to its demise, sale and relocation. Bill joins us on SFH for an in-depth look back at the Seattle Pilots.

Peter M. Gordon

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode’s 35 & 54: Sal Maglie and Dolf Luque 

Peter is a lifelong baseball fan. He grew up in New York but relocated to Orlando, Fl in the early 1990s and later became a fan of the team closest to his home – The Tampa Rays (then the Tampa Bay Devil Rays). Peter joined SABR in 1986 and has written over a dozen articles and bios for SABR since then, has published a book on poetry, “Two Car Garage”, which features several poems about baseball and he now blods on his Tampa Rays and is working on a book about their history. Some of Peter’s work has also focused on the New York Giants (that’s the baseball Giants, now known as the San Francisco Giants) and he’s quite familiar with Dolf Luque (who pitched for the New York Giants) and Sal “The Barber”Maglie. To see more of what Peter has written click here.

John Companiotte

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes 53: Jimmy Demaret

John Companiotte is an accomplished author, especially when it comes to golf, having written such book as: “Byron Nelson: The Most Remarkable Year in the History of Golf”, “Golf Rules and Etiquette Simplified” and his most recent work “A History of Golf in Georgia.” But, one of his first works was a terrific biography on one of golf’s forgotten heroes, the first man to ever win the Masters three times, Jimmy Demaret. The book, “Jimmy Demaret: The Swing’s the Thing,” covers so much about Demaret, from his early days on the golf course as a child, to his wonderful singing voice, his colorful wardrobe, and, of course, his phenomenal career as a professional golfer that was ultimately recognized with his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Now, Companiotte joins Sports’ Forgotten Heroes for a wonderful discussion about a man who won on TOUR 31 times – Jimmy Demaret.

Troy Treasure

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes 52: Kansas City Scouts

Troy Treasure is a longtime hockey fan. Growing up in the midwest, however, there were not many teams around – especially of the NHL variety. Eventually, however, Kansas City was awarded a team and for the two brief seasons the Scouts were in existence, Treasure was a fan. Of course, the Scouts packed up and moved to Colorado where they played for six seasons as the Rockies. Treasure never lost his love for the game and just a few short years ago, Treasure, now a journalist, was looking for information on the Scouts and noticed that no one had ever written a book about the team. So, Treasure took it upon himself to write the complete history of the Scouts and in the Fall of 2018 his book, “Icing on the Plains – The Rough Ride of Kansas City’s NHL Scouts,” was published and now Treasure is here to talk about one of sport’s least remembered teams.

Ron McDole

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes 51: Ron McDole

Ron McDole, with the help of author Rob Morris, just completed writing his autobiography. Filled with stories from his time at the University of Nebraska to his days as an all-AFL defensive lineman with the Buffalo Bills to playing on George Allen’s Over-the-Hill Gang with the Washington Redskins, McDole recalls his 18 years as a professional football player in this fun-filled and easy to read book. Now, Ron McDole joins us on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes to talk more about his career on the field, and the fun he had off the field. You can get Ron’s book, “The Dancing Bear, My 18 Years in the Trensches of the AFL and NFL,” by ordering it here or on ronmcdole.com.

Gary P. West

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes 50: Kentucky Colonels

Gary P. West has written several books on a variety of topics that have to do with his favorite state – Kentucky, and one of those books is a must read for any sport’s fan, especially basketball fans, “Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association: The Real Story of a Team Left Behind.” This book just might be the most in-depth book ever written about one of the most celebrated teams in the history of the now-defunct league that merged with the NBA. West’s knowledge of the team, along with the fact that he asked Lloyd “Pinky” Gardener to contribute, makes this book even better. From the teams early days and whacky owners, through its unbelievable 68-win campaign, ABA Championship and the decision to disband, it’s all here in this terrific book, and Gary is our guest on this exciting edition of Sports’ Forgotten Heroes. To see all of Gary’s books please click here and for more and click here for more on his terrific book “Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association: The Real Story of a Team Left Behind.”

 

Gerry Schultz

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes 49: Cincinnati Royals

Gerry Schultz is a life-long sport’s fan. He grew up in the Cleveland/Akron area of Ohio and remembers the days of his youth as a basketball fan. He also has vivid memories of an NBA team that once played in Cincinnati – the Cincinnati Royals. He wanted to learn more about the team that had moved from Rochester but couldn’t find a lot of information about them. So, he decided to write a book at the Royals and in September 2014 self-published his work, “Cincinnati Basketball Royalty: A Brief History: A LOOK BACK at 15 years of Cincinnati Royals NBA Basketball. The book is filled with many stories about the Royals, the events surrounding the tragic story of Maurice Stokes, Jack Twyman, the Big “O”, Jerry Lucas and so much more. Gerry joins Sports’ Forgotten Heroes for a terrific discussion on the team that now calls Sacramento home.

Red Kelly and Waxy Gregoire

Featured Guests on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 48: Red Kelly

Red Kelly is one of the greatest players to ever lace-up a pair of skates and play in the NHL and we’re very fortunate to have Red join us for a few comments as we talk with Waxy Gregoire about Red’s phenomenal career. Waxy co-wrote the book, “The Red Kelly Story,” with Red and David Dupuis. As established author, Waxy also co-authored a book on the Chicago Blackhawks and Pierre Pilote and has another book on the way about Bryan Trottier.

Greg Marecek

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 47: St. Louis Hawks

Greg Marecek has been on the St. Louis sports scene for decades as the voice of the St. Louis Billikens, the St. Louis Blues and owner of several radio stations. Greg is also the founder of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He was quite young when the St. Louis Hawks made their debut and has been fascinated by the team ever since. Of course, the Hawks moved to Atlanta, but Greg never forgot about the tea that won the 1958 NBA Championship and he chronicles their history so well in the book, “Full Court, The Untold Stories of the St. Louis Hawks.” Greg is our guest on the episode of Sports’ Forgotten Heroes.

Dawn Knight

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 46: George Taliaferro

Dawn Knight “stumbled” upon one of the NFL’s most humble, yet, important figures – George Taliaferro. Knight was a student at Indiana University and, reluctantly, took a class from Taliaferro. It turned out, that she enjoyed the class very much and stayed in touch with Taliaferro into her adult life. Long after she graduated, Knight overheard Taliaferro talking about his football career, which Knight never knew about. In fact, she asked Taliaferro why he never mentioned his career previously to which he basically said, well, you never asked! Knight had always wanted to write a book, and knew the story about George Taliaferro had to be told. So, she put pen to paper and a few years later, Taliaferro: Breaking Barriers from the NFL Draft to the Ivory Tower” was published. Now, Dawn Knight visits Sports’ Forgotten Heroes to tell the story of the first African-American to be drafted by an NFL team – and a whole lot more.

Herman Krabbenhoft

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 45: President George H.W. Bush

HERM KRABBENHOFT joined SABR 36 years ago. His many and varied accomplishments in baseball research include the following: ultimate grand slam home runs, accurate triple play database [with Jim Smith and Steve Boren], Ted Williams Consecutive-Games-On-Base-Safely record, Cobb (hitter) vs. Ruth (pitcher), accurate RBI totals for Ruth, Gehrig, and Greenberg, accurate records for twentieth century leadoff batters, Zimmerman’s triple crown, Hamilton’s MLB runs-scored record [with Keith Carlson, Dave Newman, and Dixie Tourangeau], comprehensive compilation of Detroit Tigers uniform numbers.

Kevin Shea

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 44: Lord Stanley and Episode’s 03 and 04: Bill Barilko

Kevin Shea has written several books on hockey including “Lord Stanley, The Man Behind the Cup,” which he co-authored with John Jason Wilson. Shea, also wrote a terrific biography about Bill Barilko. “The Hall” is Kevin’s latest book and is now available as well as the “The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club: Official Centennial Publication”. One of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to the history of hockey and his beloved the Toronto Maple Leafs, Shea is a recipient of the Society for International Hockey Research’s Brian McFarlane Award for Excellence in Hockey Research and Writing. To learn more about Kevin, and to see all of the books he has written visit Kevinsheahockey.com.

Joe Niese and Bob Dorais

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 43: Gus Dorais

Joe Niese is an established author having written books on Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko. But his biggest undertaking was writing the book, “Gus Dorais: Gridiron Innovator, All-American and Hall of Fame Coach,“. It was a project he started, stopped, and ultimately finished when he met Bob Dorais, Gus’s grandson, who had tried to write a book about Gus years earlier. Bob had compiled so much about his grandfather and didn’t know how to put it all together. But when the two finally met, they had all the ingredients to write this great account of one of college football’s most outstanding players and coaches and, with out a doubt, one of Sports’ Forgotten Heroes.

George Thomas Clark

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 42: Archie Moore and Episode 06: Teofilo Stevenson

Tom Clark (George Thomas Clark) loves to write … and he loves to write on many different topics, including boxing. Tom’s guest appearance on SFH episode 06, Teofilo Stevenson, is one of the most frequently downloaded episodes and we’re excited to have him back for a conversation about one of the greatest Light Heavyweights of all-time, Archie Moore. Clark recalls his one-on-one interview with Archie during this episode and brings up some great historical facts as well. Clark’s most noteworthy piece on boxing is, Death in The Ring”, where he “invites” many of the greatest boxers, and their contemporaries, to tell their stories. Another of Tom’s more noteworthy works is not about boxing, rather, it’s about a much more controversial topic – Hitler. Entitled, Hitler Here”, is an extremely well-researched piece where Tom has Hitler tell his own story and includes fictional (albeit, well-researched) interviews with people like Eva Braun and others. For a closer look at this piece, “Death in The Ring”, and more, visit Tom’s website: georgethomasclark.com.

Lee Elder

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 41 Joe Perry and Episode 12: Benny Friedman

Lee Elder is the Secretary and Media Coordinator for the Professional Football Researchers Association. His Civil War book, That Bloody Hill: Hilliard’s Legion at Chickamauga, was recently published. He wrote an essay for the recently released book about the 1958 Colts. A former sportswriter and broadcaster, he is a member of the Imperial Valley High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his media work. He and wife Amy live in Tallmadge, Ohio, where he is a public relations representative for Goodyear Racing.

Ed Gruver

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 40: Joe Kapp

Ed Gruver has written several books on football and baseball and is a longtime fan of the Minnesota Vikings. Ed has written such books as, “Nitschke,” “Koufax,” and has a new book coming out in 2019 about the great rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders called, “Hell With the Lid Off: Inside the Steelers-Raiders Rivalry That Changed Pro Football.” Some of Ed’s earliest and fondest memories center on the Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Joe Kapp, the only QB in Vikings history to lead Minnesota to an NFL Title (they won the NFL Championship before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFL-NFL Championship Game, renamed Super Bowl IV). Ed is also a member of the Professional Football Researcher’s Association and is a sports writer for the Lancaster Newspapers, is on SFH to talk about one of his favorites, Joe Kapp.

Neal Rozendaal

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 39: Duke Slater

Neal Rozendaal is an accomplished author and his latest work, “Duke Slater: Pioneering Black NFL Player and Judge,” is an absolutely terrific accounting of one of the NFL’s greatest linemen, a guy who undoubtedly should have a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Duke Slater. Rozendaal, who graduated from the University of Iowa found writing about Slater a natural, after all, Slater is a Hawkeye as well. Every day, when Rozendaal was in school, passed by Slater Hall, and Neal’s inquisitive mind led him to researching more about Duke; and that research led to this book. Rozendaal has also written, “What I Means To Be A Hawkeye,” “Hawkeye Greats By The Numbers,” and “The Women’s Football Encyclopedia.”

David Rapp and Dennis Snelling

Featured Guests on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 38: Tinker and Evers and Chance

A lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs and student of American History, David Rapp out his research and fandom skills together to write a terrific book about the famed double-play combination of Tinker to Evers to Chance with the book, “Tinker to Evers to Chance,” from the University of Chicago Press. A wonderful look at the trio, the book discusses how each of the trio got their start in baseball and their careers along with surprising stories from the playing days. Dennis Snelling returns to SFH for this podcast. Snelling, author of “Johnny Evers, A Baseball Life,” is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to discussing Tinker, Evers and Chance; but really knows Johnny Evers better than just about anyone. 

Gregory H. Wolf

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 37: Bob Allison and Episode 34: Kiki Cuyler

A lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, baseball junkie, and a true student of the game, Gregory H. Wolf just can not get enough of baseball. In fact, Wolf just about leaves and breathes the game, so much so, that he is the Co-Director of the Baseball Bio Project for SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) and has written over 150 biographies for the project including bios on such familiar names as Sal Bando, Bert Blyleven, Dallas Green and Mel Stottlemyre. But it’s Wolf’s research on the players who are as not familiar to us as the stars of the game such as Bob Allison and Hazen “Kiki” Cuyler of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and a few other teams. Gregory has also edited and served as the lead author on eight SABR books including, “Winning On The North Side, The 1929 Chicago Cubs,” and “A Pennant for the Twin Cities.” To read more of Wolf’s work now, including his bios on Allison and Cuyler, click here: Gregory H. Wolf bios.

Dennis Snelling

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 36: Lefty O’Doul

Dennis is an accomplished author and his latest is a book about one of baseball’s forgotten heroes … the story of Lefty O’Doul – “Lefty O’Doul: Baseball’s Forgotten Ambassador,”. It’s just one of many books on the sport that Dennis has written. A member of SABR, Dennis has also written books about the Pacific Coast League, Johnny Evers and great stars of the minor leagues who never made it in the majors. For more of Dennis’s work check out his website dennissnelling.com.

Peter M. Gordon

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 35: Sal Maglie

Peter is a lifelong baseball fan. He grew up in New York but relocated to Orlando, Fl in the early 1990s and later became a fan of the team closest to his home – The Tampa Rays (then the Tampa Bay Devil Rays). Peter joined SABR in 1986 and has written over a dozen articles and bios for SABR since then, has published a book on poetry, “Two Car Garage”, which features several poems about baseball and he now blods on his Tampa Rays and is working on a book about their history. Some of Peter’s work has also focused on the New York Giants (that’s the baseball Giants, now known as the San Francisco Giants) and he’s quite familiar with Sal “The Barber”Maglie. To see more of what Peter has written click here.

K. Adam Powell

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 33: Lyman Bostock

K. Adam Powell grew up a baseball fan and remembered so well the incident that took the life of Lyman Bostock. Powell’s curiosity about the entire episode and the career of Lyman Bostock that he decided to write a book about Lyman and his tragic death, “Lyman Bostock, The Inspiring Life and Tragic Death of A Ballplayer.” Powell is also a terrific writer whose work can be found regularly on the website ACCSports.com … and he has also written books on the ACC and the University of North Carolina.

Tony Parker

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 32: Ralph Guldahl and Episode 09: Willie Anderson

Professionally known as Dr. Anthony W. Parker, “Tony” received his BA and MA in American History from the University of Georgia and his PhD in Scottish History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Possessing a strong and insatiable appetite for golf, Tony is very active in radio, television, and is a keynote speaker when it comes to the history of the game throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. He was appointed as Curator of Golf Collections in the Special Collections of the University of St. Andrews, the first to hold that position in the 600-year history of the University. Since 2014, Tony has been the Historian to the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Augustine, Florida.

Kartik Krishnaiyer

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 31: Giorgio Chinaglia and Episode 15: Justin Fashanu

Kartik Krishnaiyer has written two books on soccer, is the Managing Editor of WorldSoccerTalk.com and co-hosts the World Soccer Talk podcast. He has written two books on soccer: “Soccerwarz: Inside America’s Soccer Feud Between MLS, NASL and USL” … and … “Blue With Envy: My American Journey with Manchester City”Kartik has also worked as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the NASL (North American Soccer League), was the host of the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk podcast. 

Dolph Grundman

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 30: Dolph Schayes

Dolph Grundman taught, among other things, Sports’ History at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado. He has written three books: “Jim Pollard, The Kangaroo Kid,” “The Golden Age of Amateur Basketball,” and “Dolph Schayes and the Rise of Professional Basketball.”

Marshall Jon Fisher

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 29: Gottfried von Cramm and Episode 22: Don Budge

Marshall Jon Fisher returns to the podcast for a terrific look back on the career of Gottfried von Cramm. One of the best tennis players in the world, in fact he was ranked No. 2 behind Don Budge, von Cramm was playing for Germany and the year was 1937. As great as von Cramm was he had two major flaws – at least in the eyes of Adolf Hitler. Von Cramm was Jewish and he was also a homosexual. Should he beat Budge, everything would be ok. Lose and he would have to face the Gestapo and possibly Hitler. Fisher captures the events of the match is great detail and also takes us back to what actually happened to von Cramm afterwards.

For more, Fisher’s book, “A Terrible Splendor”, covers it all and to see more terrific work from Marshall, check out his website: marshalljonfisher.com.

Steve Steinberg

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 28: Urban Shocker

Steve Steinberg concentrates on writing books about baseball – particularly about the early 20th century. Some of his titles: 1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York … Baseball in St Louis, 1900-1925 … and of course, Urban Shocker: Silent Hero of Baseball’s Golden Age. You can learn more about Steve and his books by visiting his website by clicking here. Steve received the 2007 McFarland-SBAR Baseball Research Award for an article about Christy Mathewson. Steve is our guest on Episode 28 to talk about the forgotten career of Urban Shocker.

Peter Kessler

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 27: Roberto DiVicenzo

Peter Kessler was “The Voice” of HBO Sports from 1990 through 1995—narrating Peabody, Ace, and Emmy Award-Winning documentaries—including When it Was a Game, When it Was a Game II, the boxing trilogy In This Corner, and The Sweet Science.

The premier talent at Golf Channel from 1995 through 2002, Peter hosted, wrote, and produced 1,300 live one-hour episodes of four different shows: Golf Talk Live, Academy Live, Viewer’s Forum and Masters Highlights.

An active fixture in the golf industry, Peter has been featured in multiple golf publications around the world, including cover stories in Golf World and GolfWeek. His expertise and historical acumen was the subject of a ten-page profile and interview in Golf Digest. Additionally, Peter has produced programs for Callaway Golf, Adams Golf, Gary Player Golf, and Bobby Jones Golf.

The first “Voice” on The PGA TOUR Network, Peter also wrote and hosted a daily show from 2005 through 2015. His podcast on iTunes was rated the number one golf podcast for 2014 and 2015. Continually sought for narration work, Peter has provided voice-over talent for American Express, the NBA, the USTA, and The Boys and Girls Club of America.

John Husman

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 26: Gene Conley

John Husman is the team historian for the Toledo Mud Hens. Toledo has served as a minor league team for several baseball organizations including the Braves when they were located in Milwaukee and that’s where Husman first learned of Conley. Through the years, Husman followed Conley’s career and befriended him several years after Conley’s playing days were over.

George Grimm

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 25: Vic Hadfield

George Grimm is a lifelong fan of the New York Rangers. His love for the Rangers dates back to when he was a youngster and his father would take him to see the Rangers play at Madison Square Garden. Grimm’s love for the Rangers is HUGE and he decided to take pen to paper and write a book about his favorite team called, “We Did Everything But Win,” a chronicle of the late 1960s and early 1970s Rangers’ teams that came close to winning the Stanley Cup but just couldn’t get over the hump. Interviews so many of the stars of the team along with famed coach Emile Francis. A terrific look back at a great team.

Bill Pruden

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 24: Dave DeBusschere

Bill Pruden has been a teacher and administrator, primarily at the high school level for 35 years, but a sports fan forever.  A SABR member since 2001 he has contributed to both the SABR Bio and Games projects, as well as their recent book on Umpires.  He has published articles on a wide range of historical subjects reflective of a passion for American history that was undoubtedly fueled by the fact that as a 7-year-old, at only his second major league game, he witnessed Roger Maris’ historic 61st home run. To read the bios Bill has written click here.

Ralph Hickok

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 23: Johnny Blood

Ralph Hickok spent three years on the road with Johnny “Blood” McNally interviewing him, spending time with him, and he even got a terrific lesson in geography. After compiling all of his notes and honoring Johnny’s wish of not publishing the biography until after he had passed, Hickok put everything together and penned the terrific biography, Vagabond Halfback, The Saga of Johnny Blood McNally.” This is just the latest work from Hickok. A former editor at the Standard-Times in New Bedford, MA, Hickok is also the author of such books as: Who’s Who in American Sports, The Pro Football Companion and The New Encyclopedia of Sports. Click here to learn more about the books Ralph has written and to order your own copy of “Vagabond Halfback, The Saga of Johnny Blood McNally.”

Marshall Jon Fisher

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 22: Don Budge

Marshall Jon Fisher has been a tennis since he took up the game as a youngster in South Florida. His book, “A Terrible Splendor”, is a terrific account of one of the greatest tennis matches ever played, a Davis Cup match in 1937 between Don Budge and Germany’s Gottfried von Cramm. The events surrounding the match and the fact that Hitler and his charges had a vested interest in the outcome made this match even bigger. However, for this podcast, Fisher joins Sports’ Forgotten Heroes for a discussion on the American in the match and a a forgotten hero, Don Budge.And to see more terrific work from Marshall, check out his website: marshalljonfisher.com.

Frank Ryan and Roger Gordon

Featured Guests on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 21: Frank Ryan

Frank Ryan is the last quarterback to lead the Cleveland Browns to an NFL Championship. He did so in 1964. A lightly regarded QB out of Rice, Ryan had a “big” arm and the Los Angeles Rams took a chance on Ryan in the fifth round of the 1958 draft. Four years later they traded him to the Cleveland Browns. Ryan, along with author Roger Gordon, join the podcast to talk about Ryan’s career and the 1964 championship team. Gordon’s latest book, “So You Think You’re A Cleveland Browns Fan?” is one of many books Roger has written about the Browns and the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

John M. Heisman

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 20: John W. Heisman

John M. Heisman is the great-nephew of the legendary football coach John W. Heisman, the man for whom the Heisman Trophy is named. John M. was “charged” by his father to preserve and document the legacy of John W. It was a huge undertaking and after years of research and writing and after submitting a manuscript on his own, John M. contacted college football expert Mark Schlabach and the two co-authored the book, “Heisman, The Man Behind the Trophy”While John M. Heisman discusses the man innovations his great-uncle brought to the game and his extraordinary record as a coach, he also discloses many stories from off-the-field too.

Tim Wendel

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 16 & 19: The Buffalo Braves & Ernie DiGregorio

Tim Wendel has authored over a dozen books on a variety of topics including basketball, baseball, and hockey. Currently, Tim works as an editor at the USA Today, but it’s his love of sport and the Buffalo Braves that brings Tim to Sports’ Forgotten Heroes. His book, “Buffalo, Home of the Braves” was published several years ago and remains in high demand. In fact, you can check out amazon.com for a copy of this book … and it’s filled with a library of fun and historic photos of the Braves. Tim’s latest project, “Cancer Crossings” is a book near and dear to his heart, and is a must-read for anyone. For the sport’s fan, however, Tim has a many other books sure to whet your appetite beginning with “Buffalo, Home of the Braves”.

Dennis Maruk

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 18: Dennis Maruk

Dennis Maruk was one of the first players in NHL history to score 60 goals in a single season. He did so in the 1981-82 campaign, one season after scoring 50 goals. Those two magical years while playing for the Washington Capitals were the two best of his 15-year career. Yet, a majority of hockey fans don’t recall Maruk and that could be because he played for such teams as the Capitals (long before they became Cup contenders), the California Golden Seals, the Cleveland Barons and the Minnesota North Stars. Maruk recently released a book, “Dennis Maruk, The Unforgettable Story of Hockeys Forgotten 60 Goal Man.” Not only does the book talk about his career, but it discusses the ups and downs of his life off the ice too.

James C. Sulecki

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 14 & 17: The Cleveland Rams & Bob Waterfield

James C. Sulecki is the author of the recently released, “The Cleveland Rams, The NFL Champs Who Left Too Son, 1936-1945”. A wonderfully written book about a team most NFL fans have forgotten or never heard about. Sulecki, who won the Nelson Ross Award from the Professional Football Researchers Association for “outstanding achievement in pro football research and historiography” is a former sports writer and now runs a media company near his home in Ohio.

Kartik Krishnaiyer

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 15: Justin Fashanu

Kartik Krishnaiyer has written two books on soccer, is the Managing Editor of WorldSoccerTalk.com and co-hosts the World Soccer Talk podcast. He has written two books on soccer: “Soccerwarz: Inside America’s Soccer Feud Between MLS, NASL and USL” … and … “Blue With Envy: My American Journey with Manchester City”Kartik has also worked as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the NASL (North American Soccer League), was the host of the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk podcast. 

Bill Lamberty

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 13: Amos Otis

Bill Lamberty has worked as Montana State’s Sports Information Director for 27 years. He graduated from Wyoming with a journalism degree in 1986, and from MSU with a master’s in history in 2009. His wife of 25 years, Lynn, cheers for the Brewers, but their son Nate (a two-year starting catcher at Whitworth University and now an athletic trainer grad assistant at Nebraska) and daughter Ellie (Whitworth Class of ‘19) both call the Royals their team.  They come by that naturally, as their father has cheered for the Royals since year one, and after brief dalliances with the likes of Richie Scheinblum and Fran Healy claimed Amos Otis as his favorite player. With all due reverence for the greatest Royal of them all, George Brett, and the team’s current greats, that status has never changed. Bill, a long time member of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research, has also written bios on Sam Crawford, Harry Pulliam, George Sisley and Roy Thomas.

Lee Elder

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 12: Benny Friedman

Lee Elder is the Secretary and Media Coordinator for the Professional Football Researchers Association. His Civil War book, That Bloody Hill: Hilliard’s Legion at Chickamauga, will be published in the spring. He wrote an essay for a forthcoming book on the 1958 Colts. A former sportswriter and broadcaster, he is a member of the Imperial Valley High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his media work. He and wife Amy live in Tallmadge, Ohio, where he is a public relations representative for Goodyear Racing.

David M. Jordan

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 11: Hal Newhouser

In 1990 the book, “A Tiger In His Time, Hal Newhouser and the Burden of Wartime Baseball,” was published. A terrific account of Newhouser’s career from the time he played American Legion baseball through his career as a baseball scout, author David M. Jordan makes a case for the only pitcher to ever win back-to-back MVP awards to be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. Long overlooked because some of his best years were played during WWII, voters read the book and shortly thereafter inducted Hal Newhouser into the Hall of Fame. Jordan, a graduate of Princeton University has written many other books on baseball, politics and soldiers. But his book on Hal Newhouser had the biggest impact of all. To see more of his work visit his page on Amazon.

Bill Swank

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 10: Nate Colbert

Bill Swank has been called the preeminent baseball historian in San Diego by the San Diego Historical Society. He is the author of many books including: “Baseball in San Diego: From the Padres to Petco,” and “Baseball in San Diego: From the Plaza to the Padres”. He also wrote the book on the original San Diego Padres, a team that played at Lane Field from 1936 to 1957. Bill’s latest book, “Christmas in San Diego” , can be found right here, along with the other books he has written. Currently, Bill writes for the Clairemont Times in the San Diego area. A lifelong fan of the Padres, and a team he has written about professionally, Swank knows the story of August 1, 1972 and Nate Colbert very well.

Tony Parker

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 09: Willie Anderson

Professionally known as Dr. Anthony W. Parker, “Tony” received his BA and MA in American History from the University of Georgia and his PhD in Scottish History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Possessing a strong and insatiable appetite for golf, Tony is very active in radio, television, and is a keynote speaker when it comes to the history of the game throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. He was appointed as Curator of Golf Collections in the Special Collections of the University of St. Andrews, the first to hold that position in the 600-year history of the University. Since 2014, Tony has been the Historian to the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Augustine, Florida.

Denny McLain, Bill Caplan and Don Chargin

Featured Guests on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 08: Dean Chance

Denny McLain

The last man to win 30 games in one season, Denny McLain had a season for the ages in 1968 going 31-6 with a 1.96 ERA while leading Detroit to a World Series win over the St. Louis Cardinals. McLain backed up his 1968 season with a another Cy Young Award winning year going 24-9 in 1969. Across the diamond, McLain had a great seat on so many occasions to watch Dean Chance pitch, and after both had finished their careers, they became fast friends.

Bill Caplan

Inducted into the boxing Hall of Fame in 2002 for his work as a publicist, Bill Caplan has spent a lifetime surrounded by the sport’s biggest names. Not only was he a fan of Dean Chance, he worked with Dean during the heyday of boxing and the International Boxing Association.

Don Chargin

Don Chargin has been a boxing promoter for as long as he can remember and was inducted into the boxing Hall of Fame in 2001. Don worked with Dean Chance on several cards and was there when Dean created the International Boxing Association.

Bill Roland

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 07: Tony Lema

Bill Roland graduated from St. Louis University in 1969 with a B.S. Degree in Finance. Following nearly 10 years in the business world, he attended the University of Utah and earned a Journalism Degree in the Communication School. He was an Associate Editor for a Salt Lake City Sports Magazine for two years before he became Editor of The Golf Traveler magazine for nine years. Bill has been a member of the Golf Writers Association of America since 1982. He wrote an article about Tony Lema that appeared in a 1984 issue of Golf Digest. He remained close to members of the Lema family and decided to write Champagne Tony Lema: Triumph to Tragedy in the fall of 2012 so that the book would be written and published in time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Tony Lema’s 1964 British Open victory!

George Thomas Clark

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 06: Teofilo Stevenson

Tom Clark (George Thomas Clark) loves to write … and he loves to write on many different topics, including boxing. His most noteworthy piece on boxing is, Death in The Ring”, where he “invites” many of the greatest boxers, and their contemporaries, to tell their stories. Another of Tom’s more noteworthy works is not about boxing, rather, it’s about a much more controversial topic – Hitler. Entitled, Hitler Here”, is an extremely well-researched piece where Tom has Hitler tell his own story and includes fictional (albeit, well-researched) interviews with people like Eva Braun and others. For a closer look at this piece, “Death in The Ring”, and more, visit Tom’s website: georgethomasclark.com.

John Saccoman

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 05: Ed Delahanty

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A member of SABR, The Society for American Baseball research, John Saccoman (Professor and Chair; Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Seton Hall University) has written two biographies for SABR’s Biography Project. In addition to his biography on Ed Delahanty, Saccoman also authored SABR’s biography on Jim Delahanty. The Biography Project is a very ambitious undertaking by SABR as it is attempting to churn out a biography on every player who has played in or manager Major League Baseball game. There are biographies on some of the most obscure players such as: Stan Hack, Bobby Veach, and Bob Emslie … and of course biographies on the greatest players to have ever played the game including the likes of Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Christy Mathewson. To check out some of the biographies click here: SABR. To see read Saccoman’s biography on Ed Delahanty click here:  … and to read his bio on Jim Delahanty click here: Jim Delahanty.

Kevin Shea

Featured Guest on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 03 and 04: Bill Barilko

Kevin Shea has written several books on hockey including the terrific biography on Bill Barilko. His latest work is the “The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club: Official Centennial Publication”. One of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to the history of hockey, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Bill Barilko, Shea is a recipient of the Society for International Hockey Research’s Brian McFarlane Award for Excellence in Hockey Research and Writing. To learn more about Kevin, and to see all of the books he has written visit Kevinsheahockey.com.

Charles de Gravelles and Jim Weathersby

Featured Guests on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes Episode 01 and 02: Billy Cannon

Charles de Gravelles and Billy Cannon

Charles de Gravelles, Author

Charles de Gravelles is the author of Billy Cannon A Long, Long Run”, and joins me on Sports’ Forgotten Heroes for Part I & II of the podcast on Billy Cannon. de Gravelles worked in the Louisiana prison system as a pastor and gained the trust – and friendship – of Billy Cannon. Many authors approached Cannon about writing his biography, but Cannon turned all of them down. However, several people encouraged de Gravelles to do the same, and Cannon agreed. To order a copy of Billy Cannon A Long, Long Run”, an absolutely terrific biography on the “Legend” you can get a copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, wherever great books are sold.

Jim Weathersby, TheSportsHistorian.com

Jim Weathersby has been following the SEC for his entire life and is somewhat of an expert on the conference. Rather than just sit on his knowledge of the SEC – and many other sports, and individual teams like the Atlanta Braves – Jim started the website TheSportsHistorian.com. Filled with articles, stats and information, TheSportsHistorian.com is a terrific site to visit. Jim also joined Sports’ Forgotten Heroes and shared some great information about Cannon’s abilities on the football field.