Digging Up The Past is a historical podcast hosted by legendary sports radio host Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo”. Christopher’s sports knowledge and insight is unparalleled with over four decades of experience attending and analyzing the biggest games in America. In each season of the podcast series he’s educating the audience on the true story of some of sports’ marquee events with a perspective and brand that’s uniquely Mad Dog. For more from Christopher, check out his daily radio show “Mad Dog Unleashed”, weekdays from 3-6pm Eastern on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio Channel 82 and with the SXM App!
1993 San Francisco Giants
In this episode Mad Dog is digging up the story of one of the greatest baseball teams to never win the world series, the 1993 San Francisco Giants. Led by NL MVP Barry Bonds along with Matt Williams and Will Clark on offense plus a pair of 20-game winners on the mound in Bill Swift and John Burkett, the '93 Giants won 103 games, the second most in baseball that season. Unfortunately, the team with the best record in baseball happened to play in their division and with no wild card, it would come down to the last day of the season to determine who would move on to the playoffs. Dusty Baker was in his first season as the manager of the Giants in 1993 and joins Mad Dog to talk more about that season (28:10)
1977 Kansas City Royals
In this episode Mad Dog is digging up the story of one of the greatest baseball teams to never win the world series, the 1977 Royals. Led by the George Brett, Hal McRae, Amos Otis, Al Cowen and Frank White, this team was balance offensively with the power to drive in runs. Their battles with the Yankees throughout the decade were well known, and their duel in '77 against Reggie Jackson and Bronx Bombers was their most dramatic battle.
1994 Montreal Expos
In this episode Mad Dog is digging up the story of one of the greatest baseball teams to never win the world series, the 1994 Montreal Expos. Unlike the rest of the teams covered in this podcast series, the '94 Expos were a victim of circumstances beyond their control. Offensively they were led by Larry Walker, Moises Alou, Marquis Grissom and Cliff Floyd, while on the hit their staff was led by Ken Hill and a young, 22 year old future Hall of Famer in Pedro Martinez. Behind a strong balance of timely hitting and stellar pitching the Expos raced out to the best record in baseball and seemed destined for a post-season appearance. However, labor disputes between the Owners and the MLBPA led to a work stoppage that would rob baseball of the World Series.
1978 Boston Red Sox
In this episode Mad Dog is digging up the story of one of the greatest baseball teams to never win the world series, the 1978 Boston Red Sox. Led by the likes of Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk, Carl Yastrzemski and Jerry Remy, the '78 Red Sox were primed to end the organization's championship drought. A rollarcoaster season would find them facing off against their bitter rivals, the New York Yankees, in a winner-take-all game for the division title and a spot in the playoffs. The results of this showdown in Game 163 would reverberate for decades. Jerry Remy was the starting second baseman for Boston and joins Mad Dog for more insight on the season (25:30)
1995 Cleveland Indians
In this episode Mad Dog is digging up the story of one of the greatest baseball teams to never win the world series, the 1995 Cleveland Indians. Led by the likes of Albert Belle, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez and Kenny Lofton, the mid-90s Indians were one of the most explosive offenses of the decade. This squad would also advance to the World Series in 1997, but the 1995 version was better as they would dominate the American League, winning 100 games and finishing 30 games ahead the runner-up in their division. Their ferocious offense would face their greatest test in the '95 World Series when they matched up against the Atlanta Braves and their hall of fame pitchers. Mike Hargrove was the manager for Cleveland and joins Mad Dog for more insight on the season (25:30)
1965 Minnesota Twins
In this episode Mad Dog is digging up the story of one of the greatest baseball teams to never win the world series, the 1965 Minnesota Twins. Led by the likes Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Zolio Versalles and Bob Alison, the Twins were one of the best franchises throughout the '60s, averaging over 90 wins per season for most of the decade. They would come close to winning a championship in '69 & '70, but it was their squad in '65 that was there best, winning 102 games in usually dramatic fashion. Their power hitting carried them most of the season until they faced Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers in the World Series. Jim Kaat won 18 games that year and joins Christopher to provide more insight on that season for Minnesota (18:31)
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For a guy who hates new technology, Dog nails his podcast series. Sports history is right in his wheelhouse, which makes the podcast an informative listen. The baseball series is his best yet.
If you like sports history, you’ll be totally into it.