Thom brings on the man who pitched the last Senators game & the first Rangers one. Throughout the episode they fill in the before & after of that stretch including playing for Ted Williams the manager (15:49), final season in Washington (20:01), pitching a no hitter (33:31), getting into coaching (40:42), and more.
Thom brings on one of the key behind the scenes figures in Washington landing the Nationals, Bobby Goldwater, this is a must listen for DC baseball fans. They start with his long career as an executive at Madison Square Garden (7:40), his 1 on 1 meeting with Muhammad Ali (13:17), moving to LA to manage the Staples Center (25:27), coming to DC to among other things try and get a MLB team (30:55), educating those high up in Baseball about how the city was changing and ripe for a franchise (32:25, & finally how he realized that the Navy Yard neighborhood was the perfect spot for a new ballpark (36:32).
Thom welcomes on former Washington Senator slugger Frank Howard. They discuss getting into the Nats Ring of Honor (4:21), playing for the Dodgers (7:34), playing basketball at Ohio State (18:20), homering in the 1963 World Series (21:23), being traded to Washington (29:01), having Ted Williams as a manager (33:06), DC now as a baseball town (38:01), how he landed the nickname "Hondo" (39:45) & did he actually hit a homer out of Yankee Stadium (42:51)?
While covering Spring Training in Palm Beach, Thom chats w/ the new Nationals Manager Dave Martinez. They look back at his well traveled playing career under many different skippers, which included a stop in Montreal (8:40), being with his now predecessor Dusty Baker in San Francisco (12:04), his developing knowledge of pitching (18:02), & learning from Bobby Cox (22:30).
Thom chats with the only man in the last 100 years to be a World Series winning Cubs manager, Joe Maddon. They discuss how he's known Nats GM Mike Rizzo since the early 80's (7:45), his idea for fantasy baseball in schools (13:34), what kind of manager Dave Martinez will be for the Nationals (18:16), & his memories of the 2012 pine tar controversy with Davey Johnson (20:08).
Thom is joined by DMV native and famous sportscaster James Brown. James attended Dematha High School on his way to a long accomplished career in sports television at the highest stage. They discuss his passion for baseball at a young age (7:25), James' thoughts on Bill Belichick (14:23), his interactions and interviews with Michael Vick (27:36), and getting chances to anchor the CBS Evening News (28:36).
Join host Thom Loverro and his eclectic group of guests from the worlds of sports & entertainment, in weekly conversations that only Thom can have.
Thom Loverro has been a professional journalist for 40 years and has won more than 40 awards for his work. He is also one of the most popular sports talk show hosts in Washington, D.C., and the author of 11 books. You can find out more about him at www.thomloverro.com.