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In this new local history podcast, Long Beach Public Library explores the fascinating--and sometimes unbelievable--stories that have helped make Long Beach the great and unique city it is. Buckle up! This is not your grandmother's local history podcast!

Don't Know Beach About History: Short Histories of Long Beach Long Beach Public Library

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

In this new local history podcast, Long Beach Public Library explores the fascinating--and sometimes unbelievable--stories that have helped make Long Beach the great and unique city it is. Buckle up! This is not your grandmother's local history podcast!

    The Wrigley Ocean Marathon!: 1927's Brutal Swimming Race From Catalina to the California Mainland

    The Wrigley Ocean Marathon!: 1927's Brutal Swimming Race From Catalina to the California Mainland

    1927’s Wrigley Ocean Marathon was an epic and brutal swimming race from the island of Catalina to the mainland of California, a feat never before recorded. Many of the world’s most famous swimmers came to Long Beach to train and compete for the race’s $25,000 prize. In this episode, we’ll look at how two virtually unknown swimmers—George Young of Canada and Myrtle Huddleston of Long Beach—battled severe exhaustion, fierce currents, frigid water, disorienting fog, and a barracuda attack to accomplish something a Los Angeles Times headline called the “Greatest Achievement in [the] History of Aquatics.”

    • 21 min
    Babe Ruth Gets Arrested in Long Beach!, Part Two

    Babe Ruth Gets Arrested in Long Beach!, Part Two

    In 1927, legendary baseballer Babe Ruth was arrested before his scheduled appearance at the State Theater, a vaudeville house in Long Beach, California. In this two-part episode, we take a deep dive into the Sultan of Swat's epic visit to Long Beach--complete with Prohibition-era boozing, duck hunting, and an unhinged plane flight to make it to the show on time--and detail the events that led to the Babe's arrest for violating child labor laws.

    • 15 min
    Babe Ruth Gets Arrested in Long Beach!, Part One

    Babe Ruth Gets Arrested in Long Beach!, Part One

    In 1927, legendary baseballer Babe Ruth was arrested before his scheduled appearance at the State Theater, a vaudeville house in Long Beach, California. In this two-part episode, we take a deep dive into the Sultan of Swat's epic visit to Long Beach--complete with Prohibition-era boozing, duck hunting, and an unhinged plane flight to make it to the show on time--and detail the events that led to the Babe's arrest for violating child labor laws.

    • 14 min
    Flagpole Sitter!: The Daredevil Clown Who Tried to Put Long Beach in the Record Books

    Flagpole Sitter!: The Daredevil Clown Who Tried to Put Long Beach in the Record Books

    In the summer of 1948, a tightrope-walking clown named Ozzie Osborne climbed up the center pole of the Sky Ride attraction at the Pike in Long Beach, California. Sitting 200 feet in the air, Ozzie faced all manner of danger—from night bats to severely swollen legs to a serious challenge from his archrival in San Francisco—as he attempted to break the recognized flagpole-sitting world record of 49 days. Join us as we tell Ozzie’s remarkable story of determination, bravery, and sitting on a flagpole for a really long time.

    • 17 min
    Minnie the Whale, Part Two: The Absolutely True Tale of the Whale Skeleton Who Came to Town

    Minnie the Whale, Part Two: The Absolutely True Tale of the Whale Skeleton Who Came to Town

    In May 1897, two teenage boys saw a 63-foot fin whale foundering off the shore near Long Beach, California. With the help of some local donkeys, the boys were able to pull the massive whale on shore. This is the story of that whale and how its skeleton became a beloved local celebrity, helping put Long Beach on the map in the city’s early days. Join us as we follow Minnie’s ever-so-slightly incredible adventures through 20th century Long Beach.

    • 15 min
    Minnie the Whale, Part One: The Absolutely True Tale of the Whale Skeleton Who Came to Town

    Minnie the Whale, Part One: The Absolutely True Tale of the Whale Skeleton Who Came to Town

    In May 1897, two teenage boys saw a 63-foot fin whale foundering off the shore near Long Beach, California. With the help of some local donkeys, the boys were able to pull the massive whale on shore. This is the story of that whale and how its skeleton became a beloved local celebrity, helping put Long Beach on the map in the city’s early days. Join us as we follow Minnie’s ever-so-slightly incredible adventures through 20th century Long Beach.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Claely_Ro ,

Great host, cheesy history

The librarian/host is hilarious. I really like the silly voices he makes for different characters. I like that so far the history stories have been fun and light—which is perfect.

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