An Ohio farm boy who never finished high school, Cy Young went on to win more games than any pitcher in history and become synonymous with pitching excellence. Along the way, he helped establish the American League, threw the first World Series pitch and bridged the gap between 19th and 20th century baseball. Lew Freedman joins us to discuss the remarkable story of the legendary Hall of Famer.
The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords, featuring Hall of Famers like Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, are considered by many to be the greatest team in the history of the Negro Leagues. Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin join us to discuss the legendary squad, its racketeer owner and the star who was missing that season.
In 1995, the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees met in something called the American League Division Series, a new round of postseason play necessitated by the addition of a wild card. The result was an epic clash that changed the course of baseball history. Author Chris Donnelly joins us to discuss Don Mattingly, Ken Griffey Jr., Buck Showalter and more.
For four decades, Jay Horwitz was the beloved PR director of the New York Mets. Horwitz joins us to tell tales of Gary Carter, Daryl Strawberry, Mike Piazza, Sidd Finch and more. Plus, he explains why he finally decided to go public with a longtime healthcare secret.