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Best Mike Bates And Bill Parker podcasts we could find (updated July 2020)
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Updated July 2020
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It's probably fair to say that no more important player in baseball history has been talked about less than Larry Doby, the second African-American to break the color line as a player and a manager, which happened 73 and 42 years ago this week, respectively. Mike and Bill try to rectify that just a little, looking back at Doby's life before getting…
 
One of the oldest and most tenured ballplayers of all time, Jack Quinn was also one of the most mysterious. No one, not even he, knew his real name, birthplace, or age. But they did know he was the oldest player to hit a home run, which he did 90 years ago this week. Mike and Bill look back on his extensive body of work and the mystery of who he wa…
 
It is unfathomable to Mike and Bill, especially on the 21st anniversary of his final appearance as a professional ballplayer at the age of 97, that Negro League great Double Duty Radcliffe has not yet been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Radcliffe's professional career on the diamond spanned 35 incredible years, playing for some of the gre…
 
In a significant departure from the norm, Mike and Bill talk with renowned podcaster and NY Times best-selling author Mike Duncan (@MikeDuncan) about the computer game Outside of the Park Baseball, and its potential as a way into the sport for young baseball fans. Then (at 1:09:20 in the podcast for anyone not interested in that discussion), it's b…
 
The history of how the land was acquired to build Dodger Stadium is a long and sad one, involving the seizure of family homes and the eviction of thousands of families from Chavez Ravine. The home of the Dodgers was made possible 62 years ago this week, when Los Angeles residents voted to give the land to their new ballclub. Mike and Bill go throug…
 
After so many years, it's easy to forget just how amazing Carl Hubbell was. But he left us with a fantastic reminder, a 24 game winning streak between 1936 and 1937 that ended 83 years ago this week. Hubbell was at his best during the stretch, dragging the Giants to the NL pennant, and cementing himself as the greatest screwballer of all time. Mike…
 
The second Zoom Hangout with TWIBHistory podcast patrons was really reenergizing for Bill and Mike, and the atmosphere is only improved by one attendee joining from England and two friends of the show, Jacob Pomrenke and Mark Simon. If this sounds like fun to you, head over to Patreon.com/TWIBH and become a patron. There will be another hangout nex…
 
In one of the weirder innings in baseball history, 68 years ago this week, the Cincinnati Reds allowed a record 19 consecutive Dodgers to reach base in the bottom of the 1st. By the time the dust settled, 15 runs were allowed by four pitchers on 10 hits, seven walks, and two hit batsmen. Mike and Bill annotate each of those 19 plate appearances and…
 
His dad tried to mold him into the greatest player in baseball history, and almost succeeded, turning Mickey Mantle into a 5 tool, switch hitting idol to millions who homered from both sides of the plate for the first time 65 years ago this week. Mike and Bill look back on the early life of The Mick, what drove him to succeed, and the demons and in…
 
Baseball has inspired dozens of films, but thusfar only one major Broadway musical, the classic Damn Yankees, which debuted 65 years ago this week. Mike and Bill, both theater fans, dig into its history, and the legendary artists who brought it life on stage and screen. Plus, happy birthday to Mike Cuellar and Patron request Lennie Merullo!…
 
Willie Mays is, undisputedly, one of the top two or three players in baseball history, a breathtaking blend of power, average, and defense that often defied description. One such day was 59 years ago this week, when Willie hit four home runs in one game against the Braves. But Willie was just getting started, and would spend the rest of the decade …
 
It's no secret that your hosts, Mike and Bill, have a strong connection to Minnesota baseball. So, in what's probably the second most self-indulgent episode to date, they recount the history of the sport in their home state, of the Washington Senators and the move that quickly provided their new fan base with a pennant winner on the 59th anniversar…
 
The world is hard to deal with right now, so Mike and Bill decided to stop being lonely and meet new friends. This episode is the audio from a Zoom hangout with the two of them and 14 of their closest Patreon supporters to talk about baseball and drink various adult beverages. If you like it, there will be another event next month. Stay tuned for d…
 
Baseball does not belong to one country or to one people, and hasn't since the game was exported to and adopted by Japan in the late 19th century. With special guest Robert Fitts (@robfitts), author of the new book Issei Baseball, Mike and Bill trace its movement across the Pacific and back again to the first professional team of Japanese players, …
 
Sadly, baseball lost one of its brightest stars this week, Tigers icon Al Kaline. Mike and Bill devote this episode to the underappreciated virtuoso with the bat and in the field, who accomplished pretty much everything a person can on a ballfield and spent the rest of his life solidifying his status as Mr. Tiger. Plus, happy birthday to Nate Colbe…
 
Baseball is vastly richer because of the characters who have become part of the game's legend. And no one was more of a character than Mets pitcher Hayden "Sidd" Finch, who was unveiled by Sports Illustrated 35 years ago the day this episode drops. Mike and Bill go through the mysterious and surprising career of a true phenom, including his downfal…
 
There is no denying that Pete Rose is one of the biggest figures in baseball history, and one of the greatest players of all time. There is also no denying, 31 years after Sports Illustrated revealed that he had gambled on his own team multiple times over multiple seasons, that he is one of the most controversial. Mike and Bill go through the tumul…
 
In a slight departure this week, Mike and Bill take a listener suggestion to focus on the influenza epidemic that swept across the globe in 1918 and lingered into 1920. That epidemic did have some effects on the game and played a role in further driving a wedge between the players and the owners that many say contributed to throwing of the 1919 Wor…
 
By far the most successful attempt to create a third major league began in earnest 107 years ago this week in a hotel in Indianapolis. It fizzled out after two years, but left a legacy that still governs the professional game today. Mike and Bill leaf through the short life of the Federal League, and how we still feel the effects of its rebellion m…
 
It was a punchline across the country 47 years ago this week, when Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich announced they had decided to switch families the previous winter. Like many trades, this one turned out to be pretty one-sided, as Kekich's life and career were upended in the aftermath. Mike and Bill look back at what made this seem …
 
You'd be hard pressed to find a better combo in baseball's Golden Age than Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, the twin aces of the LA Dodgers. But the pair also were also shrewd negotiations who realized their power together when they announced 54 years ago this week that they'd be holding out. Mike and Bill look back at their holdout, how they exerted…
 
Bar none, the most iconic style choice in Major League Baseball history is probably Rollie Fingers's handlebar mustache. The closer's signature 'stache was his calling card and, when given the chance to extend his career by shaving it 34 years ago this week, he refused. Mike and Bill look back at one of the first modern closers, the first man to 30…
 
Despite being largely forgotten today, Oscar Charleston was perhaps the greatest and most popular Negro Leaguer of his day and one of the best players in baseball history. With special guest Jeremy Beer, whose biography of Charleston just won the Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal, Mike and Bill learn about who Charleston was on and off the diamond, …
 
There has never been an infield that has played together longer, more often, or perhaps better than the Dodgers' incredible combination of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, and Ron Cey, a dynamic foursome that lasted 9 years and 833 starts together. But it all came to an end 38 years ago this week, when Lopes was traded away. Mike and Bill e…
 
In 1912, Jim Thorpe was the greatest athlete in the world. But by the end of January, 1913, he surrendered his Olympic medals in shame after evidence surfaced of him playing pro baseball four years earlier. 107 years ago this week, the most famous man in America to a three year contract. Mike and Bill examine Thorpe's road to this spectacle, the co…
 
There are no excuses, only reasons for what Marty Bergen did 120 years ago this week, when a lifetime of paranoia and mental illness culminated in the murder of his family, and the suicide that shocked a the rural community he lived in, and the baseball community at large. Mike and Bill look back on the troubled life of Bergen, and his attempts to …
 
The news shocked Detroit when the city found out one of its heroes, Hank Greenberg, had been sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates. But the reason for the deal, which happened 73 years ago this week, is even crazier. Mike and Bill dig into the long and eventful life of one of baseball's best sluggers, his struggles against anti-Semitism, his heroic servic…
 
Hoyt Wilhelm did everything unconventionally. He didn't look like a ballplayer. He threw soft, almost entirely knuckleballs. And unlike other knucklers, he stayed almost exclusively in the bullpen. But he was exceptionally effective, and 35 years ago this week his brilliance on the bump was recognized with an election to the Hall of Fame, the first…
 
One of the most beloved broadcasters and beloved people in baseball, Ernie Harwell was an institution in Detroit when, 29 years ago this week, the Tigers told him they didn't want him anymore. Mike and Bill document the Frick Award winner's career and how it almost ended, and the backlash that led to its continuation. Plus, happy birthday to Mo Vau…
 
One of the greatest Cubs of all time, Ron Santo was almost traded out of his beloved adopted home 46 years ago this week, but turned the tables on his team, becoming the first player to invoke his 10-and-5 rights and forced a trade to the other side of town. Mike and Bill recount the life and career of the self-professed biggest Cubs fan in the wor…
 
Dick Allen was one of the most controversial players of all time, a deeply and often unfairly maligned slugger whose own fans booed him mercilessly. Responding to a listener request, Mike and Bill recount Allen's tumultuous and Hall of Fame-worthy career on the 45th anniversary of his refusal to be report after being traded to the Braves. Plus, hap…
 
Monty Stratton was on the way to a distinguished career when a hunting trip abruptly turned into a battle for his career, and for his life. Mike and Bill recount the accident that altered his path forever, and the amazing comeback that was literally something out of Hollywood. Plus, happy birthday to Howard Johnson and Richie Hebner!…
 
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Dorothy Seymour Mills. It's probably not fair to say that Albert Belle was misunderstood. But it is fair to say he made anyone who wanted to understand him regret trying. But he was as much a dynamic force at the plate as he was a disruptive one away from it who, 23 years ago this week, signed the richest …
 
Normally, of course, when a club wins the World Series, it inspires so much good will that it forges a generation of new permanent fans for a club. But, Wayne Huizenga's fire sale in the wake of the 1997 win, which began with the trade of Moises Alou 22 years ago this week, poisoned Miami forever after. Mike and Bill look back on the Marlins early …
 
From its founding in 1939 through 1973, Little League Baseball refused to let girls play, and was deeply and intransigently committed to that position until a New Jersey court decision forced them to relent only 46 years ago this week. Mike and Bill look back on the history of women and girls playing baseball prior to that decision and the suit tha…
 
Few men in baseball have been as universally beloved as Buzzie Bavasi, who took over the Dodgers front office 69 years ago this week. Joining Mike and Bill to discuss Buzzie's life and 45 year career is his son, Bob Bavasi of Japanball.com. Plus, happy birthday to Brad Radke and Mickey Rivers!By Mike Bates and Bill Parker
 
John Updike is often celebrated for having written The Great American Novel, but he also may have written The Great American Essay, which was published 59 years ago this week. Printed in The New Yorker, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," is a tribute to The Great American Hitter, Ted Williams, beautifully describing The Splendid Splinter's final game. Mike …
 
It was only seven years before the Mets won their first championship, but it must have seemed like 70, as they struggled to not to lose 100 games every year. But 50 years ago this week, they finally did, finishing off a miracle season by felling the mighty Orioles in five games. Mike and Bill go through the early history of the Mets and their amazi…
 
We've talked about the conspiracy and we've talked about the trial, but this week, on the anniversary of the last out of the 1919 World Series, Mike and Bill talk to SABR Director of Editorial Content and Black Sox expert Jacob Pomrenke (@buckweaver) about the Series itself, what plays were suspect, and how little we actually know about how exactly…
 
The first-year expansion Mets of 1962 are, famously, one of the worst teams of all time, and may well be the worst team to suit up since the turn of the last century. In this shorter, solo episode, Bill tells the story of the Mets' dismal season through their final game, 57 years ago this week, which included a particularly weird and appropriate ei…
 
Lyman Bostock was one of the most dynamic young stars in the American League, compared favorably with Rod Carew and predicted to win multiple batting titles. He was one of the early benefactors of free agency, was quickly becoming one of the most popular players in the game, and may have been on a Hall of Fame track. But 41 years ago this week, Bos…
 
There have been four pitchers to strike out 20 batters in a game, but only one of them did it twice, and the second time that happened, 23 years ago this week, was the last great start he'd make as a member of the Red Sox. At a patron's request, Mike and Bill look at the good, the bad, and the ugly in Clemens' Hall of Fame-worthy career, and talk a…
 
Ruth and Gehrig. Brett and White. Mays and McCovey. There have been so many great pairs of teammates in baseball history. But none of them played together as long or as often as Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, who began their HoF-worthy careers in the same game 42 years ago this week. Mike and Bill trace their excellent and often overlooked time to…
 
We spend so much time talking about the most famous and greatest players to star in the major leagues. But there was a time when our country was full of stars in every small town. For the 65th and 62nd anniversaries, respectively, of Joe Baumann breaking the single season pro HR record and Steve Dalkowski K'ing 24 and BBing 18, we talk to @GaylonWh…
 
It took 21 years and 742 starts, but 37 years ago this week, Gaylord Perry was finally caught greasing up a baseball. Or was he? In response to a Patreon request from Jim Gatton, Mike and Bill examine the life and career of baseball's most beloved, and most unrepentant, cheater, and try to figure out the secrets that the Hall of Fame righty still w…
 
Dave Dravecky's comeback was described as something out of a storybook. It was a miracle. It was short-lived as, 30 years ago this week, his attempt to return from cancer surgery on his pitching arm ended on the mound in the most gruesome way imaginable. Mike and Bill look back on the career of Dravecky, what made his comeback so easy to root for, …
 
Two of the best pitchers of the Dead Ball Era faced off 109 years ago this week, putting up matching goose eggs for 16 innings before the game between the Athletics and White Sox was called on a account of darkness. It serves as a perfect jumping off point to discuss the fantastic new graphic non-fiction book Baseball Epic: Famous and Forgotten Sta…
 
Pete Rose has become one of the most polarizing and controversial figures in baseball history. But before that, he was the brash and charismatic star of one of the greatest teams in baseball history. And 41 years ago this week, Rose's 44 game hitting streak was snapped by the Atlanta Braves. At the request of Patreon supporter Steve Harmon, we dig …
 
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