Every week, we will discuss, delve into and deliver to our “Talkin' 21” listeners fascinating stories, tidbits and even interesting guests (some who have NEVER spoken on a podcast) who are connected to the late Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente.
Executive Producer: Ras Guevara
S2 EP 9: Eric Davis
The Talkin’21 podcast welcomes South Central LA native and 2005 Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Eric Davis. If you followed his phenomenal career, during the mid-1980s and 1990s, he literally DEFINED what a five-tool player is in Major League Baseball. He was phenom. And he listened and learned from some of the best ballplayers in the history of game. They mentored him on every facet of the sport. But unfortunately injuries and a bout with cancer slowed what truly would have been a HOF-bound career. But the baseball numbers didn’t define who “E.D.” or “Eric the Red” would eventually become. Today, he’s a teacher, not a coach in the Cincinnati Reds organization and he proudly tell our listeners WHY winning the Roberto Clemente Award in 1997 means so much to this 1990 World Series champion, 2 x All-Star, 2 x Silver Slugger Award and 3 x Gold Glove Award winner. He keeps it “real” and you’ll definitely laugh with this episode. Guaranteed.
S2 EP 8: Tony Oliva
The Talkin’21 podcast welcomes Minnesota Twins legend Tony Oliva. His stats speak volumes. Not only was he a lifetime .304 hitter, but this 1964 AL Rookie of the Year, 8-time All-Star and 3-time AL Batting Champion from Pinar del Cuba truly personified class on and off the field. In this podcast, he spoke about his love of Cuba, the extraordinary scout who signed him, a memorable 1965 All-Star Game and the Latino trailblazers who played in that game including Roberto Clemente. He spoke fondly of “The Great One” and shared where he was when Clemente tragically died in 1972. And he truly believes this Pittsburgh Pirates icon’s number should be retired throughout MLB.
S2 EP 7: 50th Anniversary of 1971 WS
The Talkin’21 podcast celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Pirates winning the 1971 World Series with a special episode dedicated to that historic franchise. On July 17, 2021, Talkin’21 host Danny Torres traveled to PNC Park in Pittsburgh to interview those players who played an important role in defeating the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles. HEAR their thoughts about a particular moment that made them feel a bit more confident in their team heading into the post-season. Danny also asked if they could share a funny moment with Roberto Clemente or another teammate (You’ll love what Al “Scoop” Oliver shared) that to this day still makes them laugh. Plus, it was 50 years ago, during a nationally-televised post-game interview a ballplayer spoke in Spanish to a live TV audience. It was truly a groundbreaking moment in MLB history. And who was this extraordinary player? LISTEN to this podcast.
S2 EP 6: Jon & Danny Matlack
"The Great One" slapped a double off Mets' All-Star pitcher Jon Matlack. It would be historic.
Hear the conversation with Jon and his son, Danny Matlack, on their special bond with baseball and the 3,000th hit.
S 2 EP 5: Jannette Clemente
Along with her sister Judith, Jannette Clemente Santana has continued to honor her Uncle Roberto “Tio Momen” who not only impacted the baseball world as an extraordinary athlete/ humanitarian but will continue to live in her heart forever. Their father Don Justino Clemente Walker, who is Roberto’s oldest brother shared countless stories with daughters about their favorite uncle. In this episode, Jannette shares her insights and heartfelt moments on who Roberto was as a family man and how her father admired his youngest brother.
S2 EP 4: PART 2 - Willie Randolph
Although Willie Randolph praised Gene Baker, his first MLB coach with the Pirates, who taught him the fundamentals of the game, but he also shared a powerful message from his teammate and mentor Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Stargell. And the joy of being around his roommate Dock Ellis. Our guest interacted with a number of Baseball Hall of Famers who passed away but it was the late Bob Gibson and Joe Morgan who impacted his life on how to compete and play the game the right way. This Brooklyn native (who actually enjoys doing impersonations) talked about hearing from a message from Buck O’Neil and even another voicemail left by “The Boss” George Steinbrenner. As the former Mets manager, Willie’s recollections of the 2006 Mets season and if he were asked to come back to manage could he navigate today’s players, coaches and his team in the world of baseball analytics?
Love this Show!!
I can’t say enough good things about this podcast. Danny’s stories and guests are top notch. As a Roberto Clemente enthusiast I’m truly loving this show but it’s not just for Clemente fans it’s for everyone.
Roberto Clemente’s Legacy Lives On
I’ve learned so much about Roberto Clemente, those who were in his life, and the people he’s inspired through this podcast. It’s heartwarming to know his legacy will live on with the help of Danny Torres and crew who help bring this podcast to life! It’s a MUST for every person who loves the game and those who have a deep love and admiration for The GREAT ONE ❤️ #Retire21
Nobody knows the Kate, great Roberto Clemente like Danny and his outstanding guests. Tremendous podcast that dives deep while making us all smile, laugh and cry at different times. Truly terrific work.