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Interview with former 1969 Miracle Mets team member Ron Swoboda
The Sixties still represents one of the most tumultuous times in American history, but 1969 in particular had its share of news events that spanned the entire spectrum, particularly the sports highs... that is, if you were a New York fan. That '69 year started with Joe Namath and the Jets winning Super Bowl III, and it culminated with the New York Mets winning the franchise's first World Series title. One of the key members of that Mets club, outfielder Ron Swoboda, joins the latest "Stories with Street CRed" to discuss his baseball career and beyond. Swoboda opines on playing for Hall of Famer Gil Hodges, and alongside Mets teammates like Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver. But Swoboda also reflects on the world events that unfolded during his Mets' tenure, ending his career in pinstripes with the Yankees, and his post-baseball life in New Orleans.
Interview with former NFL head coach Dick Vermeil
Dick Vermeil compiled a career 120-109 (.524 W-L %) win-loss record as an NFL head coach with three franchises -- the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, a football resume that one football source says should be plenty to get Vermeil elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame without "much pushback for his selection." In the latest "Stories with Street CRed" podcast, Vermeil discusses his football arc -- which began in Calistoga, California -- that has taken him from the high school and collegiate coaching ranks all the way to the NFL, with three different head coaching stops. He took the Eagles to the big game, and lost, but later got the brass ring with the Rams, in one of the most memorable Super Bowl finishes ever. (photo credit: Marnie Schneider)
Interview with former major league player Chris Dickerson, the founder of Players for the Planet non-profit.
Chris Dickerson, 39, spent seven years total in the majors, playing for five different teams, including the Yankees. But it was during his time in the Cincinnati Reds' farm system, the start of his pro baseball career, when he started to ponder the amount of waste generated by one clubhouse. That was in 2008, the same year he launched Players for the Planet, a non-profit he still leads to this day, and which has the overriding goal of getting athletes involved with protecting earth. In this latest episode of "Stories with Street CRed," Dickerson takes time from his busy schedule to talk about then versus now, and how more than ever, sports and society need to do their part in advancing green efforts.
Interview with gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer Morgan Stickney
Morgan Stickney was one of the country's top teenage distance swimmers before vascular problems led to the amputations of both of her legs -- the left in 2018, and the right in 2019. Undeterred, Stickney continued training and was able to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics after the pandemic postponed the Summer Games one year. Stickney won a gold medal in both the 400-meter freestyle and the 4x100-meter medley relay. In this episode of "Stories with Street CRed" podcast, the 24-year-old Stickney discusses her past physical and mental challenges, winning gold and what lies ahead in her continuing inspirational journey.
Interview with former major league manager Bobby Valentine
It's been over two decades since Bobby Valentine helped guide the 2000 New York Mets to the Subway World Series against the Yankees, but his managing stint in Flushing is just one of many hats Valentine has worn during his professional life. His latest endeavor is a run for mayor in his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut. For this episode of "Stories with Street CRed," Valentine joins me to discuss the challenges of running a campaign for public office, while also looking back on his past professional life, including his baseball managing career, which had major league stops with the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox in addition to the Mets, and managing in Japan. The always engaging, opinionated and witty Valentine is now hoping to bring everything full circle, and add "Mayor Valentine" to his resume.
Interview with former sportswriter Kat O'Brien
Kat O'Brien was in the early stages of her sports journalism career when she was raped by a Major League Baseball player whom she had arranged to interview for a baseball feature for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The rape occurred in a Texas hotel room in 2002, but O'Brien kept the assault secret for almost 20 years, finally making public her story in a New York Times essay published in June of 2021. In the latest "Stories with Street CRed" podcast, O'Brien discusses the global response to her NYT piece, the evolution of sports media since she was part of that field, and changes that can be implemented to make the journalism workplace a safer one going forward.
Thorough & Entertaining
1st episode FBI Agents dove so deeply into the details and their stories were so entertaining too