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Rounders: A History of Baseball in America

A weekly Sports podcast
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Were the Toronto Blue Jays the first MLB team in Canada? Nope. That accolade goes to a franchise that developed one of the best player development systems of all time. That’s right.  We’re conducting an autopsy on the Montreal Expos. Today, on
One Saturday in 1903 changed baseball park construction. In fact, it changed sports venue planning forever. The event was a national tragedy. The aftermath led to safer experiences for fans, a fact we often take for granted today. Let’s re-disc
Christmas brings people together. We put aside differences and celebrate the gifts of family and friends. During the Civil War, there was little cause for happiness and unity on that day. But one Christmas, baseball brought Union and Confederat
This month’s questions keep the fire roaring on the cold months of winter and a lock-out. Today we’re talking about the worst superteam in baseball history, which podcasts I listen and subscribe to, and what the craziest stat in baseball is.  T
What if I told you the MLB had a team in the Emerald City before the Seattle Mariners? A franchise that only lasted one season? What went wrong? We’re conducting an autopsy on the Seattle Pilots. Today, on Rounders: A History of Baseball in Ame
We've sat down and ranked the best player-managers in MLB history. So who were the best to have one foot on the diamond and one foot in the dugout? Stay tuned to find out. Only on Rounders: A History of Baseball in America. Episode Notes: Fol
To some, he was the greatest defensive catcher of all time. To others, he deserved a hall of fame induction. To his teammates, he was nothing but trouble. To history, he is the first household name in professional baseball to have committed mur
In 2004 the Red Sox made history, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the NY Yankees. They were so many memorable moments in that series - but the one that gets overlooked too often are the events that occurred in Game 5. Author John Vampa
Ah, the number nine. It's the number of lives for cats.  Cloud 9 is the happy place we all want to be. In a courtroom, possession is 9 tenths of the law. And of course, there are 9 innings in a baseball game. But why? The story is more interest
Welcome to our monthly mailbag - where I answer questions you submit about baseball history. Today's theme? Submissions about team names - today on Rounders: A History of Baseball in America. Questions in the Episode: Why The Cleveland Naps?
MLB games happen in MLB stadiums, right? Well - mostly yes. But sometimes, whether it's due to political, environmental, or promotional reasons, teams have played regular-season games in some very unique spots across the globe.  Let's look at f
Baseball has a rich history of clubs with amazing wins, crushing defeats, and even more interesting behind-the-scenes management stories.   Not all clubs are still with us today, though.  So to keep their memory alive Rounders will share their
We celebrate players who excel in their professional careers at an early age. But what about the players that took just a little bit longer to find that same success? We look at 5 of baseball's greatest players who didn't become stars until aft
Season 3 kicks off with a look at baseball's little-known era of human mascots...with unusual physical attributes. Author Allen Abel stops by to discuss his new book about Hughie McLoon, a child with a hunched back who became one of the biggest
Watching an athlete break a major sports milestone is amazing to watch. And yet, for Hank Aaron, his accomplishment of hitting the most career home runs was met with racism and multiple threats of violence against both him and his family.   In
Imagine  any of the top superstars of the past 20 years. You know, the kind of player who's headlined multiple all-star games, won season awards, and are sure locks for entry into the Hall of Fame.  Now imagine that same player, in the prime of
Umpires. We don't notice them...until we notice them. These arbiters of baseball safeguard the integrity of the game in even the most chaotic scenarios.  So what's it like behind the mask?  Author and historian Bill Nowlin stops by to discuss w
The drive to achieve success, to reach the top of the ladder, requires daily commitment. To achieve success in the face of constant roadblocks requires even more of the human spirit. Bob Gibson is one such individual, a man who didn’t let a lif
August 8 is national baseball card day. This hobby was a big part of my fan experience as a child - as it’s been for generations of fans. From simple images in packs of gum  to digital, motion-enabled options today, baseball cards continue to l
Was Cleveland, not Williamsport, PA, the true home of Little League?   This is the argument presented in the book  "MRS. MORHARD AND THE BOYS"  But this work is about more than the origins of youth baseball, its the story of a single mother, J
The year is 1925. The KKK is alive and thriving in American culture and politics. A group of Klansmen in Kansas set up a game against a local all-black professional baseball squad.  Would racism and divisiveness win the day? Or would a game of
I was honored to sit down with Jeff Fields, a former MLB draft pick, amateur historian, and vintage catcher's equipment collector. We discuss the history behind the "tools of ignorance" and items from Jeff's personal collection of vintage gear.
Sometimes history remembers individuals in an unfair light. Sometimes there’s more to the story. Sometimes we should reassess our perspectives. Let’s discuss today’s subject - Smead Jolley. Follow Rounders on Social Media Follow on Facebook Fo
Baseball historian Sam Gazdziak stops by to discuss five players who had one shot in a pro game. Here are their stories.  Follow Sam Gazdziak RIPbaseball.com Facebook Instagram Twitter Follow Rounders on Social Media Follow on Facebook Follow
From a young age we learn to throw a baseball with our dominant hand. It becomes second nature, a part of our athletic muscle memory. Imagine losing that all of a sudden. In an instant. Would you still continue playing baseball? Pete Gray did.
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