Known as the Voice of God, Bob Sheppard started his 51-year run as the Public Address Announcer for the New York Yankees on April 17, 1951. Click the link to find out how much Sheppard was paid in those early years.
These days the number on the back of the uniform often has meaning beyond its one or two digits, carefully selected by a player to represent an important date or to honor a previous player. Numbers have not always been a staple of the uniform. Click the link to find out when and why players started wearing numbers. And to find out which team was first, the answer might surprise you.
Even though this episode is about Hank Greenberg the Pittsburgh Pirate, it seemed only right to post a picture of Hank Greenberg the Detroit Tiger, the team where he spent the bulk of his career. Click the link to hear the story
Have you ever wondered what baseball would be like with a third major league? It actually has happened before, in 1914 when the Federal League joined the American and National Leagues. Click the link to hear the story.
Joe McCarthy never played in the big leagues, but he spent a lifetime managing there. On April 12, 1931 McCarthy made his New York Yankees managerial debut after departing from the Chicago Cubs. McCarthy managed from 1926 to 1950. Click the link to hear more of his story.
Carl Yastrzemski made his Major League Baseball debut on April 11, 1961. Despite attending Notre Dame on a basketball scholarship, Yaz ended up having a remarkable professional baseball career. The 18-time all-star played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. Click the link to hear more of his story.
Craig Biggio, the Houston Astros best ever all-around position player was also great at getting on base in a variety of ways. On April 10th, 2003 Biggio hit his 31st career leadoff home run. That number still today places Biggio third on the all-time list for most career leadoff long balls.
On April 9, 1965 the first exhibition game was played at the Harris County Domed Stadium, before the start of the season on April 10th. Click the audio link to hear what all went on that day and enjoy the youtube video as well as it explains just how grand this Stadium was in 1965.
Denny McLain may have at times been over-the-top and outspoken to the point of turning off some fans ability to like him, but he won ball games. At least early on in his career anyway. He won 131 big league games, click the link to hear more of his story.