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Dan Lovallo talks about the latest baseball news, interviews guests and replays long ago interviews from his extensive archives.

Dan Lovallo talks about the latest baseball news, interviews guests and replays long ago interviews from his extensive archives.

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Dan Lovallo talks about the latest baseball news, interviews guests and replays long ago interviews from his extensive archives.

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@DanLovallo

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English

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Episodes

45. Dee Rowe and baseball

1/13/2021
University of Connecticut icon Dee Rowe died on Sunday. He was 91. Rowe was much admired, not only at UConn but throughout sports. He was not only a successful coach of the UConn men's basketball team, he later became a successful fundraiser and goodwill ambassador for the university. How many know that Dee Rowe was also a big baseball fan, who frequently visited New Britain Stadium? When William Dowling and Coleman Levy purchased the New Britain Rock Cats in 2000, they not only revived a...

Duration:00:08:45

44. Bob Feller: the greatest Cleveland Indian?

12/14/2020
Was Bob Feller the greatest Cleveland Indian? You can make an argument in his favor. Dec. 15, 2020 will mark 10 years since the passing of the Hall of Fame pitcher. I had planned to release the interview I recorded with Feller in 1983 around this date, not knowing the story would break that Cleveland will be changing its team name. As for Feller, when I taped the interview with him he was touring the country, putting on pitching exhibitions, before minor league baseball games. I was in...

Duration:00:17:19

43. Dahl a good acquistion and recalling Max Patkin

12/7/2020
David Dahl, non-tendered by the Colorado Rockies on Dec. 2, will be a good acquisition for some MLB club now that he is a free agent. I explain why in my opening comments of the podcast. How many recall Max Patkin, the "Clown Prince of Baseball?" I had the chance to interview him on June 14, 1984 and he was terrific. Patkin, who was nearing 65 at the time of the interview, performed his antics on baseball fields across the country, until 1995. By the way, "the Chicken" to which Patkin refers...

Duration:00:12:24

42. Linker reminds us what’s good about minors

11/1/2020
The World Series is over and now the real fun begins. Major League baseball is faced with a myriad of challenges, not the least of which is what will happen to the minor leagues? MLB's agreement with the NAPBL has expired. Once separate entities, with MLB clubs supplying the minor leagues with their players, MLB will now bring the NAPBL under its wings, exerting total control over the minor league framework. Franchises will be contracted and other major changes will be made. To that end, I...

Duration:00:26:56

41. Remembering John Smoltz trade

9/30/2020
Now that Major League Baseball's expanded post season is underway, you will be hearing plenty from commentator John Smoltz. The former Atlanta Brave and Hall of Fame pitcher does a superb job, providing insight for FOX and the MLB Network. With the Atlanta Braves attempting to win their first post season series in 19 years and Smoltz a major part of baseball's post season broadcasts, David O'Brien thought it a good time to write a story about the trade that sent Smoltz from the Detroit...

Duration:00:08:39

40. Interviewing Willie Mays and Tug McGraw

9/23/2020
In 1973 I interviewed Willie Mays and Tug McGraw, during a New York Mets media day for radio stations on the Mets' network. At the time, I was a teenager interning at the radio station in my hometown of Torrington, CT. Dan Lovallo interviews Willie Mays To say I was nervous to interview arguably the greatest player in the game in Mays, would be an understatement. The interview was awkward and lasted about 75 seconds, but I am including it in this podcast, because how often does a teen get to...

Duration:00:12:02

39. Former MLB ump Terry Tata recalls career

9/15/2020
Terry Tata was 13-years-old, while his friends played sandlot baseball. Instead of playing, he umpired those same games in his hometown of Waterbury, Connecticut. Serving as an arbiter placed him on a path to realize his dream of becoming a major league baseball umpire. A few years back, I interviewed Tata for another podcast I hosted. I decided to dig into the archives and post the interview, because what he says today, resonates as much as when he discussed his career a few seasons ago....

Duration:00:26:32

Author Paul Hensler combines passions

8/14/2020
Paul Hensler loves history, baseball and writing and he has been able to turn those passions into a career as an author. Hensler, an adjunct lecturer at Trinity College and Manchester Community College, has written several books on baseball, authored pieces for the Society for American Baseball Research and spoken at several baseball-related symposiums. Hensler writes baseball books I recently interviewed Hensler about his baseball books, including The American League in Transition,...

Duration:00:25:13

Players blame lack of video and Pat Crawford remembered

8/9/2020
Major League baseball players are blaming the lack of video for their hitting woes. J.D. Martinez is among those complaining that players' access to in-game video has been limited because of Covid-19 and recent cheating scandals. How did the players of yesteryear manage without videos? When Pat Crawford died at a nursing home in Morehead City, N.C. 26 years ago, he wasthe last surviving member of baseball's famous Gashouse Gang, the 1934 St. LouisCardinals team which one the World Series...

Duration:00:26:28

Seven-inning games and my interview with John McNamara

7/30/2020
As Covid-19 has thrown baseball a curve ball, the sport is now contemplating seven-inning games. And I remember John McNamara, the former big league manager, who died on July 28, 2020. With the virus sweeping through the Miami Marlins, MLB has had to make some changes on the fly to its already reduced schedule. Among the items under discussion between the owners and the players' association, is doubleheaders consisting of two seven-inning games. In this podcast, I explain why this is a great...

Duration:00:13:25

MLB with golden chance and remembering manager Jerry Coleman

7/21/2020
With Major League Baseball about to launch its truncated Covid season on July 23, the sport has a golden opportunity to win back the fans. And as I describe in the podcast, charity could be the beneficiary. Believe it or not, it has to with those "fan cut outs" located behind home plate. Plus, how many people remember broadcaster Jerry Coleman? He was beloved in San Diego, where he broadcast Padres games for decades. Coleman, who died in 2014, is in the broadcasters wing of the baseball Hall...

Duration:00:13:51

Astros cancel session; recalling Mike Greenwell

7/11/2020
With less than two weeks to go before the presumptive start of the truncated 2020 Major League baseball season, the Houston Astros have cancelled their summer camp session because of Covid-19. It is the second time the Astros have cancelled a session. What are the implications? I talk about this in my latest podcast. Once again, I dip into my archives and pull out an interview I did with Mike Greenwell from 36 years ago. Greenwell played his entire 12-year career with the Boston Red Sox....

Duration:00:17:56

Minor cancellation is major and interviewing Johnny Bench

7/3/2020
The cancellation of the minor league baseball season for 2020 is a major deal, as I explain in my latest podcast. I also look back at an interview I did with Johnny Bench on Aug. 24, 1979. I also explain why I delved into my archives to feature this interview on the Baseball Beat.

Duration:00:12:15

Minor cancellation a major deal and interviewing Johnny Bench

7/2/2020
The cancellation of the minor league baseball season for 2020 is a major deal, as I explain in my latest podcast. I also look back at an interview I did with Johnny Bench on Aug. 24, 1979. I explain why I delved into my archives to feature this interview on the Baseball Beat and why the approach I used to land an interview with Bench 41 years ago would not work today.

Duration:00:12:15

No spitting in baseball; recalling Dick Williams

6/26/2020
There is no spitting in baseball. At least not in 2020. As Major League Baseball prepares to launch a truncated 2020 season in late July, it has issued a litany of guidelines in the era of Covid-19. Among them? No spitting. In this podcast, I run down some of what is to be expected. I also look back at an interview I did in 1980 with then Montreal Expos manager Dick Williams.

Duration:00:21:25

No spitting in baseball; recalling Dick Williams

6/25/2020
There is no spitting in baseball. At least in 2020. As Major League Baseball prepares to launch a truncated 2020 season, it has issued a litany of guidelines in the era of Covid-19. Among them? No spitting. I talk about some of the new rules in place and also remember Eddie Kasko, the manager of the Boston Red Sox for four seasons. Eddie died three days shy of his 89th birthday on June 24. In talking about Kasko, I also remembered Dick Williams, who managed the Red Sox to the 1967 pennant. I...

Duration:00:21:25

Interviewing renowned sportscaster Lindsey Nelson

3/11/2020
In 1973, I had the chance to interview renowned sportscaster, Lindsey Nelson. At the time I was a teenager and the radio station at which I was interning was part of the New York Mets radio network. Early in the season the Mets held affiliates day for all of the stations on the Mets network. Players, manager Yogi Berra and others were available for pregame interviews. Among the people I caught with that day, almost 50 years ago, was Nelson. Nelson, who is in 13 different Halls of Fame,...

Duration:00:09:22

Remembering Mets broadcaster Lindsey Nelson

2/29/2020
As I continue to delve into my cassette tape archives and digitize my collection, I came across an interview I did with Lindsey Nelson, the "Voice of the New York Mets." I interviewed Nelson in April of 1973. The Hall of Fame broadcaster was not only an excellent baseball announcer, he was a renowned football announcer too, having called numerous Cotton Bowls and Notre Dame football. Nelson also broadcast numerous NFL games in his extensive career. Nelson, Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner formed...

Duration:00:09:22

Enough on the Astros and recalling Luke Appling

2/19/2020
Enough about the Houston Astros, I say and more about baseball spring training. After my rant I look back at an interview I did some 37 years ago with baseball Hall of Fame infielder Luke Appling. At the time, Luke was a roving minor league hitting instructor with the Atlanta Braves.

Duration:00:23:48

Enough of the Astros and remembering Luke Appling

2/19/2020
Luke Appling Enough of the Houston Astros already. Also, in this podcast, I replay an interview I did with one of baseball's all-time great hitters, Luke Appling. However, before replaying the interview, I go on a rant about the over-the-top coverage the Houston Astros are receiving in the early stages of spring training. It seems the media is determined to ask every player what they think about the cheating scandal. But I say enough! The Astros are not going to crawl on their hands and...

Duration:00:23:48