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This is a podcast about baseball, music and culture. Our podcast includes interviews with news makers in the sports and music world plus commentary from the co-hosts on interesting current and historical events. Hooks & Runs releases a new episodes every Thursday.

Hooks & Runs A podcast about baseball, music and culture.

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This is a podcast about baseball, music and culture. Our podcast includes interviews with news makers in the sports and music world plus commentary from the co-hosts on interesting current and historical events. Hooks & Runs releases a new episodes every Thursday.

    188 - Fast Car, the Super Bowl, and Tik Tok Stories

    188 - Fast Car, the Super Bowl, and Tik Tok Stories

    Rex and Craig are on the case, from Luke Combs' "Fast Car" cover and performance at the Grammy Awards Show with songwriter Tracy Chapman; to our review of this year's Super Bowl halftime show starring Usher and friends; to our inquiring why some people get so triggered by Taylor Swift to Houston Astros pitchers and catchers reporting. Also, Craig has a couple of Tik Tok stories.

    Errata: Not really an error, but the quote from the Whatever Podcast is, "It's very convenient that women waited until after one of the most deadly and brutal wars to secure their right to vote." The vampire's name in "Nosferatu" (1922) was Graf Orlok, played by Max Schreck. The film starring Willem Defoe was "Shadow of the Vampire," not "Kiss of the Vampire." Craig replaced "Possum Kingdom" with Delta Spirit's "How 'Bout It." It's not made clear, but Nicky Minaj settled with Tracy Chapman. The "Mark" in Devo is Mark Mothersbaugh.

    Some Links
    Chris Willman, "Nicki Minaj Agrees to Pay Tracy Chapman $450,000 in Settlement Over Unauthorized Sample," Variety.com, January 8, 2021.
    Nick DeRiso, "Why Don't Rock Bands Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show Anymore?" at UltimateClassicRock.com, February 7, 2024.
    Max Pilley, "Dua Lipa thinks people don’t want pop stars to be 'political' or 'smart'" NME.com January 21, 2024.

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    Andrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok
    Link: https://www.tiktok.com/@hofffest
    Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/people/Krazy-Karlz-Music-Emporium/100063801500293/ 
    Music: "Warrior of Light" by ikolics (Premium Beat)     

    • 52 min
    187 - There's Something Special About Baseball w/ Harris Cooper, Ph.D.

    187 - There's Something Special About Baseball w/ Harris Cooper, Ph.D.

    Harris Cooper, Ph.D. is the  Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University and for our more immediate purposes author of "Finding America in a Minor League Ballpark: A Season Hosting for the Durham Bulls" (Skyhorse, 2024). He is our guest this week to talk about his book and the joys of baseball.

    Errata: Ron Shelton wrote and directed "Bull Durham."

    Episodes Mentioned
    148 - Baseball Is the Story of America w/ Derick McDuff

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    Andrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok
    Link: https://www.tiktok.com/@hofffest
    Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/people/Krazy-Karlz-Music-Emporium/100063801500293/ 
    Music: "Warrior of Light" by ikolics (Premium Beat)     

    • 45 min
    186 - "I've Got Babe Ruth" The Old Ballparks Project, Part 3

    186 - "I've Got Babe Ruth" The Old Ballparks Project, Part 3

    This week Craig and Rex conclude the three-part series ranking the first generation concrete and steel ballparks build prior to the Great Depression. This episode includes the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium in New York City, Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field in Chicago and Fenway Park in Boston.

    Episodes Mentioned
    127 - The Old Ballparks Project, Part I
    184 - Class Warfare in Detroit!: The Old Ballparks Project, Part 2

    Sources:
    Philip J. Lowry, "Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of Major League and Negro League Ballparks (Walker & Co. 2006).
    Al Kamen, "High Court Throws Out Baseball Suit," Washington Post (Oct. 12, 1988) (accessed January 13, 2024).
    Wikipedia for the ballparks and ball clubs mentioned and the sources cited therein.
    www.baseball-reference.com

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    Hooks & Runs on TikTok -  https://www.tiktok.com/@hooksandruns
    Hooks & Runs on Twitter - https://twitter.com/thehooksandruns
    Andrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok
    Link: https://www.tiktok.com/@hofffest
    Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/people/Krazy-Karlz-Music-Emporium/100063801500293/ 
    Music: "Warrior of Light" by ikolics (Premium Beat)    

    • 44 min
    185 - Finding Our Voices on College Radio w/ Katherine Rye Jewell

    185 - Finding Our Voices on College Radio w/ Katherine Rye Jewell

    Professor Katherine Rye Jewell (Fitchburg State) joins us this week to discuss her new book "Live from the Underground: A History of College Radio" (Univ. North Carolina 2023). Jewell relates in her wonderful book and this interview how college radio progressed from a sleepy "left of the dial" collegiate training ground to a major force in the popular music business, and the struggles and controversies students and administrators confronted along the way.

    Professor Jewell on Twitter/X, Linktree

    The Links:
    Professor Katherine Rye Jewell:
    https://katejewell.wordpress.com/
    Professor Jewell is on Twitter: https://twitter.com/katisjewell
    Professor Jewell is on Linktree; https://linktr.ee/katherinejewell
    Live from the Underground at University of North Carolina Press:
    https://uncpress.org/book/9781469677255/live-from-the-underground/

    If you enjoyed this episode you will probably enjoy:
    134 - An Inside Look at College Radio w/ Ana Cubas
    102 - SST Records & The Sound of the Underground w/ Jim Ruland

    Just for fun -- The Replacements, "Left of the Dial," from their 1987 LP "Tim."
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    Andrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok
    Link: https://www.tiktok.com/@hofffest
    Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/people/Krazy-Karlz-Music-Emporium/100063801500293/ 
    Music: "Warrior of Light" by ikolics (Premium Beat)  

    • 42 min
    184 - Class Warfare in Detroit!: The Old Ballparks Project, Part 2

    184 - Class Warfare in Detroit!: The Old Ballparks Project, Part 2

    It's been a minute but Rex and Craig this week pick up the old ballparks project started in Episode 127. Andrew, Craig and Rex ranked the 14 brick, concrete and steel ballparks build between 1909 and 1923 (with the Baker Bowl, built in 1895 thrown in for good measure) based upon several factors we don't remember and didn't exactly follow. This episode includes the middle tier - the ballparks that emerged from the process ranked 6-10.

    Also this week Hooks & Runs remembers Merv Connors, a ballplayer who played parts of two seasons for the White Sox in the late 1930s.

    Episodes mentioned:
    172 - They Were Two People Desperate to Stay in the Game w/ Bob LeMoine

    Errata: Craig, it's Comiskey Park, not Comiskey Field.  Craig, it was Ralph Terry, not Bill Terry. Craig, Ralph Kiner led the National League in home runs every year from 1946 to 1952, not from 1947 to 1954. Mazeroksi's blast was the first walk-off home run in World Series history, not in history. The Yankees outscored the Pirates in the 1960 World Series 55-27, not 54-27.

    Sources:
    Philip J. Lowry, "Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of Major League and Negro League Ballparks (Walker & Co. 2006).
    Al Kamen, "High Court Throws Out Baseball Suit," Washington Post (Oct. 12, 1988) (accessed January 13, 2024).
    Wikipedia for the ballparks and ball clubs mentioned and the sources cited therein.
    www.baseball-reference.com

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    Hooks & Runs - www.hooksandruns.com
    Hooks & Runs on TikTok -  https://www.tiktok.com/@hooksandruns
    Hooks & Runs on Twitter - https://twitter.com/thehooksandruns
    Andrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok
    Link: https://www.tiktok.com/@hofffest
    Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/people/Krazy-Karlz-Music-Emporium/100063801500293/ 
    Music: "Warrior of Light" by ikolics (Premium Beat)      

    • 40 min
    183 - Len Koenecke's Sad and Tragic Trip Home w/ Bill Lamb

    183 - Len Koenecke's Sad and Tragic Trip Home w/ Bill Lamb

    Bill Lamb is our guest this week to discuss the sad and tragic Len Koenecke. Koenecke played three seasons for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the Great Depression. The Dodgers released Koenicke in September, 1935 while the team was in St. Louis and sent him home to New York by plane with two other players. Koenecke never made it home in a story filled with both mystery and tragedy.

    Bill Lamb, an award-winning researcher and writer with the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) and Koenecke's biographer on the SABR to relive Koenecke's life, baseball career and fateful journey on that September day and night in 1935.

    Bill Lamb's biographical essay about Len Koenecke.

    Errata: Len Koenecke set a fielding percentage record for National League outfielders in 1935. That record was broken by Harry Craft in 1940. The first qualifying National League center fielder to field 1.000 in a season was Curt Flood in 1966 -- the most recent was Brandon Nimmo in 2022.

    Episodes referenced:
    142 - The 1919 Black Sox w/ Jacob Pomrenke
    159 - Hidden Histories: Baseball's Deadball Era Photographs w/ Jim Chapman
    178 - Called Up to the Major Leagues w/ Zak Ford

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    Andrew Eckhoff on Tik Tok
    Link: https://www.tiktok.com/@hofffest
    Rex von Pohl (Krazy Karl's Music Emporium) on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/people/Krazy-Karlz-Music-Emporium/100063801500293/ 
    Music: "Warrior of Light" by ikolics (Premium Beat)     

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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Jempurr ,

Unique Mix- Like Gumbo

If you LOVE baseball stats mixed with baseball history…. If you LOVE current music and don’t have time to follow it…If you LOVE the idea of 2 guys just sitten’ around talking, theorizing, predicting and laughing…. Then this is YOUR podcast!

Hunter Drew ,

Entertainment for the ears

The balance between the two hosts is fantastic, really brings a well rounded discussion to the table.

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Great Stuff!

Craig and Eric bring the real on subjects! The top ten list+the great MLB player drafts are golden! Also enjoy the this week anniversary topics as well. Keep up the good work!

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