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Journalist Hillel Kuttler hosts ABCs: Athletics Beyond Coronavirus. This podcast features discussions with people in the sports world about how they’re faring in these troubled times: athletes, coaches, executives, broadcasters and fans.

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Journalist Hillel Kuttler hosts ABCs: Athletics Beyond Coronavirus. This podcast features discussions with people in the sports world about how they’re faring in these troubled times: athletes, coaches, executives, broadcasters and fans.

    remembering sportswriter JEFF SEIDEL

    remembering sportswriter JEFF SEIDEL

    JEFF SEIDEL passed away from colon cancer on Aug. 28 at age 59. He was a sportswriter who made his living in journalism's tundra, as a freelancer. Seidel covered Baltimore's Orioles and Ravens and all of Washington's pro teams, but he specialized in high school and collegiate sports -- and always did it with a smile. His daughter KARA SEIDEL, Ravens executive/consultant KEVIN BYRNE and recently-retired AP sportswriter DAVE GINSBURG remember a nice man and a solid professional.

    • 29 min
    1996 Atlanta Olympics, 25 years later

    1996 Atlanta Olympics, 25 years later

    As the Tokyo Olympics begin, take a journey back a quarter-century. MATT LeCROY discusses his experiences on the U.S. baseball team that took the bronze medal at the '96 Olympics, a club stacked with future major leaguers like himself. At the Opening Ceremony, he happened to enter the field with the great track star Carl Lewis. Now managing the Washington Nationals' AAA team, LeCroy appreciates the preparation of the '96 club's manager and coaches. He also fondly recalls his manager in Washington, the late Frank Robinson.

    • 37 min
    MANNY UPTON, Father's Day for the dad of two veteran major leaguers

    MANNY UPTON, Father's Day for the dad of two veteran major leaguers

    Virginia mortgage broker MANNY UPTON has spent parts of the past 18 baseball seasons flying across North America to watch his sons Justin (now with the Angels) and B.J. (now retired) play in the major leagues. He evinces parental pride, especially when recalling them playing for the same clubs in Atlanta and San Diego. This Father's Day, he also discusses their ballplaying buddies from youth who, too, enjoyed long careers: David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman and Mark Reynolds. 

    • 28 min
    THE COOKIE LADY of the Texas Rangers

    THE COOKIE LADY of the Texas Rangers

    On May 13, coronavirus took Shirley Kost, 82, a Texas Rangers fan dubbed The Cookie Lady. For decades, Shirley also dispensed hugs and smiles and brought joy to the ballpark. She bonded with players in a way that today's lifestyle and rules, even pre-pandemic, don't allow. Ex-Rangers FERGUSON JENKINS and KEVIN MENCH and Shirley's husband CAL KOST and daughter DONNA VERNON discuss her legacy. (Photo shows Shirley, Jenkins and Mench.)

    • 35 min
    lacrosse players go abroad, salvaging a pandemic-crossed year

    lacrosse players go abroad, salvaging a pandemic-crossed year

    Lacrosse athletes REESE GITTELMAN of Smith College and RYAN FITZPATRICK of UMass discuss their creative way to stay sharp during their teams' coronavirus shutdown: playing in a "bubble" and teaching the sport to kids. Where? In far-off Israel, where lacrosse is barely known. (Reese and Ryan are shown in these photos.)

    • 30 min
    MIKE "DOC" EMRICK sounds the horn

    MIKE "DOC" EMRICK sounds the horn

    The NHL playoffs have begun, but without one of sports' greatest broadcasters. The wonderful MIKE "DOC" EMRICK retired last October. He joins me to discuss the latter stage of his career, like broadcasting during the pandemic and deciding to hang up his mic -- far more compelling to me than the thrilling games he called or the superb players he witnessed. He's as enjoyable to listen to on a podcast as on TV.

    • 37 min

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