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This Week In Baseball History is a weekly podcast devoted to the history of baseball, hosted by Mike Bates and Bill Parker, the co-founders of The Platoon Advantage and writers on many fine websites.

This Week In Baseball History Mike Bates and Bill Parker

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This Week In Baseball History is a weekly podcast devoted to the history of baseball, hosted by Mike Bates and Bill Parker, the co-founders of The Platoon Advantage and writers on many fine websites.

    Episode 138 - Fingers That Won't Shave

    Episode 138 - Fingers That Won't Shave

    Bar none, the most iconic style choice in Major League Baseball history is probably Rollie Fingers's handlebar mustache. The closer's signature 'stache was his calling card and, when given the chance to extend his career by shaving it 34 years ago this week, he refused. Mike and Bill look back at one of the first modern closers, the first man to 300 saves, and the most exquisitely groomed player in history. Plus, happy birthday to Elroy Face and Big Ed Brandt, and farewell to Tony Fernandez. 

    • 56 min
    Episode 137 - Oscar Charleston Finally Gets His Due (with special guest Jeremy Beer)

    Episode 137 - Oscar Charleston Finally Gets His Due (with special guest Jeremy Beer)

    Despite being largely forgotten today, Oscar Charleston was perhaps the greatest and most popular Negro Leaguer of his day and one of the best players in baseball history. With special guest Jeremy Beer, whose biography of Charleston just won the Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal, Mike and Bill learn about who Charleston was on and off the diamond, what his world was like, and why he has been left out of so many histories of the game. Plus, happy birthday to Jim Barr and Tex Hughson!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 136 - The Dodgers Break Up a Good Thing

    Episode 136 - The Dodgers Break Up a Good Thing

    There has never been an infield that has played together longer, more often, or perhaps better than the Dodgers' incredible combination of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, and Ron Cey, a dynamic foursome that lasted 9 years and 833 starts together. But it all came to an end 38 years ago this week, when Lopes was traded away. Mike and Bill examine the long and excellent careers of all four players, together and apart, and what ended their incredible run after they finally won their championship. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 135 - Jim Thorpe's Backup Plan

    Episode 135 - Jim Thorpe's Backup Plan

    In 1912, Jim Thorpe was the greatest athlete in the world. But by the end of January, 1913, he surrendered his Olympic medals in shame after evidence surfaced of him playing pro baseball four years earlier. 107 years ago this week, the most famous man in America to a three year contract. Mike and Bill examine Thorpe's road to this spectacle, the controversy he endured, and what happened after he finally did make the Majors. Plus, happy birthday to Kaiser Wilhelm and Pete Runnels. 

    • 54 min
    Episode 134 - Marty Bergen Does a Terrible Thing

    Episode 134 - Marty Bergen Does a Terrible Thing

    There are no excuses, only reasons for what Marty Bergen did 120 years ago this week, when a lifetime of paranoia and mental illness culminated in the murder of his family, and the suicide that shocked a the rural community he lived in, and the baseball community at large. Mike and Bill look back on the troubled life of Bergen, and his attempts to get help in an era where none was forthcoming, and marvel at how little we've improved in 12 decades years. Plus, happy birthday to Rusty Greer and Chick Gandil.

    • 54 min
    Episode 133 - Hank Gets Framed

    Episode 133 - Hank Gets Framed

    The news shocked Detroit when the city found out one of its heroes, Hank Greenberg, had been sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates. But the reason for the deal, which happened 73 years ago this week, is even crazier. Mike and Bill dig into the long and eventful life of one of baseball's best sluggers, his struggles against anti-Semitism, his heroic service to his country, and the misunderstanding that ended his time in Motor City. Plus, happy birthday to Bill Madlock and Rance Mulliniks!

    • 59 min

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From across the pond

Baseball is hard enough to follow from here in England, but baseball history is simply non existent.
These guys bring you the stories you would never hear anywhere else.
I love it.
Thanks from an English Cardinal

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