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“Good Seats Still Available” is a curious little podcast devoted to the exploration of what used-to-be in professional sports. Each week, host Tim Hanlon interviews former players, owners, broadcasters, beat reporters, and surprisingly famous "super fans" of teams and leagues that have come and gon… read more

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337: The 1990-91 Minnesota North Stars - With Kevin Allenspach

February 19th, 2024


Veteran Minnesota sportswriter Kevin Allenspach (Mirage of Destiny: The Story of the 1990-91 Minnesota North Stars) takes to the ice with us this week, as we look back at one of the most improbable playoff runs …

334.5: The National Bowling League – With Dr. Jake Schmidt [ARCHIVE RE-RELEASE]

January 29th, 2024


[A dip into the archives for a fan favorite from 2019 - featuring a show-closing ode to the late, great 70s' TV game show "Celebrity Bowling"!]

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We hit the lanes this week to delve into the fascinating story of the …

334: Atlanta's "White Ice" - With Tom Aiello

January 22nd, 2024


Valdosta State University history professor (and Episode 244 guest) Tom Aiello ("Dixieball: Race and Professional Basketball in the Deep South") returns after a two-year absence - for an enlightening look at the …

333: "Soccer Tom" Mulroy

January 15th, 2024


We buckle up this week for a wild and revelatory ride across 50+ years of big-time soccer in the United States with one of the biggest unsung heroes of the American game - and unquestionably, one of its most …

332: Super Series '76 - With Ed Gruver

January 8th, 2024


We turn back the clock 48 years ago this week for a revisit of one of the most consequential contests in the history of the National Hockey League - with sports historian Ed Gruver ("The Game That Saved the NHL: The …

331: The NASL's San Antonio Thunder (+ More!) - With Derek Currie

January 1st, 2024


It's the adventure-filled story of how a late-60s-era Scottish top-league footballer helped start the first-ever professional soccer circuit in the …

330: The 4th Annual(-ish) Year-End Holiday Roundtable Spectacular!

December 25th, 2023


We press the rewind button on a most interesting 2023, and peer ahead into the uncharted waters of 2024 with our fourth-annual(-ish) Holiday …

329: The 1963 AFL San Diego Chargers - With Dave Steidel

December 18th, 2023


After last week's ugly, team-record 63-21 drubbing by the Las Vegas Raiders, and the subsequent dismissal of its head coach and general manager - it's been a (yet another) rough season for the NFL's Los Angeles …

328: Raycom Sports - With Founders Rick & Dee Ray

December 11th, 2023


We adjust our TV antenna rabbit ears back to the late 1970s for the origin story of one of the most influential firms in modern-day sports media - …

327: Scottish Soccer Summer Dalliances - With Mark Poole

December 4th, 2023


The 1960s were a tumultuous, but crucial period in the development of professional soccer in the United States and Canada - with teams from …

326: NFL/USFL Football "Survivor" Steve Wright

November 20th, 2023


11-year pro football offensive lineman and budding Renaissance man Steve Wright ("Aggressively Human: Discovering Humanity in the NFL, Reality TV, and Life") helps us check off a few new boxes in our obsessive quest …

324: Football's Enigmatic Coach George Allen - With Mike Richman

November 6th, 2023


Football biographer Mike Richman ("George Allen: A Football Life") joins us for a decades-long journey back into the old-school NFL (and USFL) …

323: Play-By-Play Pioneer Marty Glickman - With Jeffrey Gurock

October 30th, 2023


It's an episode that's hopefully as "Good! Like Nedicks!" - as we take a biographical look back at the rich and influential life of pioneering New …

322: The New York Cosmos' "Pelé Years" - With Charles Cuttone

October 23rd, 2023


Veteran New York-based sports writer/public relations pro Charles Cuttone has seen just about everything in his nearly 50 years of promoting professional sports across the Gotham sports scene - dating all the way back …

321: The 1970s - With Michael MacCambridge

October 16th, 2023


After an absence of over six years and more than 300+ episodes, sportswriter extraordinaire Michael MacCambridge ("Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports"; "America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation"; "

320: Fox Sports/MSG Networks Broadcaster Kenny Albert

October 9th, 2023


Veteran Fox Sports and MSG Networks play-by-play man Kenny Albert ("A Mic for All Seasons") joins host Tim Hanlon for a cornucopia of career memories from his 30+ year journey in sports broadcasting – including, of …

319: The 1994-95 Baseball Players' Strike - With Bob Cottrell

October 2nd, 2023


We explore the traumatic events of Major League Baseball's notorious 1994-95 players' strike - with Chico State history professor Bob Cottrell ("The Year Without a World Series: Major League Baseball and the Road to …

318: The WHA & Original NHL Winnipeg Jets - With Geoff Kirbyson

September 25th, 2023


We head "True North" to the Canadian province of Manitoba this week in search of heretofore undiscovered historical nuggets from the WHA and original NHL versions of hockey's Winnipeg Jets - with veteran …

317.5: The International Volleyball Association - With Jay Hanseth [ARCHIVE RE-RELEASE]

September 18th, 2023


[A scheduling snafu this week gives us a perfect excuse to re-release this hidden gem from November 2019 - enjoy!]

You can be forgiven if you never …

317: Before the NFL - With Gregg Ficery

September 11th, 2023


The National Football League is back in full swing, and what better way to celebrate than with a deep dig into the primordial ooze from which it and …

315: The Junior Basketball Association - With Brandon Williams

August 28th, 2023


While the NCAA is still the predominant pipeline for rookie basketball talent looking to break into pro hoops, the 2023 NBA Draft showed just how far legitimate alternate pathways have come - especially for eager high …

314: The UK (Hearts) the NFL - With Ben Isaacs

August 21st, 2023


Domestically, American football has never been more popular (or prosperous) than it is today - yet questions continue to circle among the ownership …

313.8: The Continental Basketball Association – With David Levine [ARCHIVE RE-RELEASE]

August 14th, 2023


[We round out our last week of summer vacation with a re-release of this listener-favorite episode from June 2019 - enjoy!]

Author and former SPORT magazine writer David Levine (Life on the Rim: A Year in the …

313.7: The Major Indoor Soccer League – With Co-Founder Ed Tepper [ARCHIVE RE-RELEASE]

August 7th, 2023


[A summer vacation re-release of a fan favorite episode from March 2019!]

We celebrate our second anniversary with the intriguing background story of the original Major Indoor Soccer League, with the man who started …

313.6: The NBA Buffalo Braves – With Tim Wendel [ARCHIVE RE-RELEASE]

July 31st, 2023


[A summer vacation re-release of a fan favorite episode from September 2018!]

The Buffalo Braves were one of three NBA expansion franchises (along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers) that began play …

313.5: The United Football League – With Michael Huyghue [ARCHIVE RE-RELEASE]

July 24th, 2023

[A summer vacation re-release of a fan favorite episode from January 2020!]

It's a return to the gridiron, and a revealing behind-the-scenes look at …

313: The NFL's Minneapolis Marines & Red Jackets - With R. C. Christiansen

July 17th, 2023


We discover the story of the Twin Cities' forgotten, but undeniably first, NFL franchise(s) with the help of football writer/historian R. C. Christiansen ("Mill City Scrum: The History of Minnesota's First Team in the …

312: The Vancouver Grizzlies - With Kat Jayme

July 10th, 2023


Younger fans of today's Memphis Grizzlies can be forgiven for thinking the NBA franchise has spent the entirety of its 28-year existence playing its …

310: "Mallparks" - With Michael Friedman

June 26th, 2023


University of Maryland physical cultural studies professor Michael Friedman ("Mallparks: Baseball Stadiums and the Culture of Consumption") cozies …

308: Soccer Sojourns - With Thomas Rongen

June 12th, 2023


American followers of the "beautiful game" undoubtedly know the name Thomas Rongen - but can easily be forgiven for not remembering just exactly how.

306: Miami Fusion Roundtable - With Joe Shaw, Jim Rooney & John Trask

May 29th, 2023


With the 28th season of Major League Soccer well under way - featuring the debut of the league's 29th franchise (St. Louis CITY SC) and the expansion announcement of its soon-to-be 30th (San Diego) - it's hard to …

305: "Goodbye Oakland" - With Andy Dolich

May 22nd, 2023


If anyone's qualified to weigh in with authority on the current Oakland A's relocation imbroglio, it is our guest this week - long-time professional …

304: Portland's CISL Pride & PSA/WISL Pythons - With Rob Hawksford

May 15th, 2023


We answer some of our voluminous viewer mail this week, as listener Rob Hawksford joins for an intriguing look back at Portland, Oregon's pro soccer …

303: The Huntsville Stars - With Dale Tafoya

May 8th, 2023


It's a reassignment back to the minors again this week, as baseball writer Dale Tafoya ("One Season in Rocket City") joins the 'cast for a look back at the unforgettable inaugural 1985 season of the Southern League's …

302: The NHL's Colorado Rockies - With Greg Enright

May 1st, 2023


With the New Jersey Devils still in contention in this year's NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, we turn the dials on our George Michael Sports Machine back to the late 1970s/early 1980s with hockey historian Greg Enright ("

301: "Last Comiskey" - With Matt Flesch

April 24th, 2023

Long-time Chicago White Sox fan and unwitting basement documentarian Matt Flesch joins the pod this week to discuss the story behind his extraordinary new three-part YouTube documentary "Last Comiskey" - a video love …

300: The "NASCAR 75 Years" Roundtable

April 17th, 2023


We celebrate our 300th trip around the track with a special roundtable conversation on the colorful history of NASCAR racing - with award-winning …

299: Charles Stoneham's New York (Baseball) Giants - With Rob Garratt

April 10th, 2023


We point the Good Seats Wayback Machine back a hundred years to the Roaring '20s - for a look at baseball's then-New York Giants and their larger-than-life owner Charles Stoneham - with baseball biographer Rob Garratt (

297: The Cincinnati Mohawks - With Eric Weltner

March 27th, 2023


It's more International Hockey League (1945-2001) memories this week as Episode 181 guest Eric Weltner returns for a look back at one of minor …

296: "Bill & Sue's Excellent Adventure" - With Bill Craib

March 20th, 2023


In 1991, twenty-something baseball fanatics Bill Craib and Sue Easler did something no one else had ever done before - they went to a game at all 178 major and minor league baseball parks in one season. Craib and …

295: "From the 55 Yard Line" - With Greg James (Vacation Special)

March 13th, 2023


It's an early Spring Break hiatus for us this week - but not before sitting down for a very fun interview with CFL America blog/podcast publisher …

294: California Dreaming - With Dan Cisco

March 6th, 2023


We head West this week to pay a visit to the "California Sports Guy" Dan Cisco ("California Sports Astounding: Fun, Unknown, and Surprising Facts from Statehood to Sunday"), and stir up a rich bouillabaisse of …

293: Shooting the WHA - With Steve Babineau

February 27th, 2023

Legendary Boston sports photographer Steve Babineau ("Behind the Lens: The World Hockey Association 50 Years Later") joins the pod this week to …

292.5: The Original XFL – With Brett Forrest (Archive Re-Release)

February 20th, 2023


[After an entertaining "inaugural" weekend of the XFL's third incarnation, we dig into the archives for this 2019 conversation with author Brett Forrest - and a rewind to the league's original season back in 2001!]

As …

292: Minor League Baseball's New York-Penn League - With Michael Sokolow

February 13th, 2023

On the eve of the most significant changes to Major League Baseball's rules and scheduling, we continue our lament of 2021's radical streamlining of …

291: The Savannah Bananas - With Jesse Cole

February 6th, 2023

We channel our inner yellow tuxedo this week for a revealing conversation with the inimitable minor league baseball impresario Jesse Cole - and a …

290.5: “Krazy” George Henderson [ARCHIVE RE-RELEASE]

January 30th, 2023


[It's a quick trip to the Bay Area this week for an archive fan favorite from 2017, featuring a true American sports original!]

America’s most famous professional sports cheerleader “Krazy” George Henderson (Still Krazy …

290: The Many Leagues of Women's Football - With Russ Crawford

January 23rd, 2023

While American tackle football has long been considered an exclusively male sport, this week's guest Russ Crawford ("Women's American Football: Breaking Barriers On and Off the Gridiron") takes us on an eye-opening …

289: The New Jersey Nets - With Łukasz Muniowski

January 16th, 2023

We point our GPS towards the Garden State this week, for a return to the days of pro hoops in places like the "RAC" (Piscataway's Rutgers Athletic Center), the "Rock" (Newark's Prudential Center), and the strangely …

288: Minor League & Independent League Baseball - With Miles Wolff

January 9th, 2023


In 2014, Major League Baseball's Official Historian John Thorn and veteran baseball journalist Alan Schwarz published an authoritative and thought-provoking list of "Baseball’s 100 Most Important People"​ - including …

287.5: CISL Soccer's Indianapolis/Indiana Twisters - With Kenn Tomasch [Archive Re-Release]

December 26th, 2022


[We kick off our holiday break this week with a deep descent into the "Good Seats" archives - and an eyebrow-raising revisit of the enigmatic …

287: Texas Stadium - With Burk Murchison & Michael Granberry

December 19th, 2022


​In 1966, when a still-young Dallas Cowboys franchise ended six years of NFL futility with its first winning season and a championship game appearance, the team’s founder/owner Clint Murchison, Jr. was already dreaming …

286: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium - With the "Ground Crew"

December 5th, 2022


​We're back from our extended Thanksgiving break with an inside look at the venerable sports venue that single-handedly elevated 1960s-era Atlanta to "major league" status, and cemented its place among the most …

285.6: Soccer Broadcaster JP Dellacamera [Archive Re-Release]

November 28th, 2022


[We near the end of our Thanksgiving leftovers this week with a June 2018 archive re-release favorite featuring US Soccer Hall of Fame broadcaster JP Dellacamera - currently in Qatar covering this year's FIFA World Cup …

285.5: The ABA's Oakland Oaks - With Pat Boone [Archive Re-Release]

November 21st, 2022


[Our Thanksgiving gift this week is a December 2017 archive re-release favorite with world-renowned singer/entertainer Pat Boone!]

We usher in the …

285: The Rise & Fall of Admiral Sportswear - With Andy Wells

November 14th, 2022


In 1974, a small Midlands underwear firm changed soccer forever when it won the contract as official kit supplier for England's national team - …

284: How New Orleans "Moved the Chains" - With Erin Grayson Sapp

November 7th, 2022


An important but surprisingly little-remembered story in the history of pro football - and a turning point in the city of New Orleans' eventually …

283.5 [PROMO DROP] "Don't Call It A Comeback"

November 3rd, 2022


There are few moments in sports more thrilling, compelling, or inspiring than a comeback story.  From the resurgence of a sports figure to a team that defies the odds for an unexpected win, to someone who never quite …

283: World Soccer's Intercontinental Cup - With Dan Williamson

October 31st, 2022


As preparations for next month's 2022 FIFA World Cup spectacle in Qatar enter their final stages, we turn our attention back to the pitch for an intriguing look back at a seminal international "friendly" tournament …

282: New York Baseball Stadiums of Yore - With Bob Carlin

October 24th, 2022


Fans of Americana music may recognize the name Bob Carlin as one of the country's leading practitioners of the classic "clawhammer" style of banjo.  His myriad recordings, historical writings and frequent performances …

281: "Where Pittsburgh Played" - With Dave Finoli

October 17th, 2022

​​Pittsburgh-native sports historian (and previous Episode 242 guest) Dave Finoli ("Where Pittsburgh Played: Oakland’s Historic Sports Venues") …

280: "Bleeding Green" - With Christopher Price

October 10th, 2022

​The Hartford Whalers were a beloved hockey team from the​ moment of their founding in 1972 as the World Hockey Association's New England Whalers.
Playing in the National Hockey League’s smallest market and arena …

279: Larry Csonka

October 3rd, 2022


He's enshrined as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame for his record-breaking, two-time consensus All-American fullback rushing career at …

278: Philly's "Last Sports Mogul" - With Alan Bass

September 25th, 2022


We welcome budding sports historian - and previous Episode 190 guest - Alan Bass ("Ed Snider: The Last Sports Mogul") back to our microphones this …

277: Winnipeg Jets & Phoenix Coyotes Hockey - With Curt Keilback

September 18th, 2022


Fans of the original NHL version (1979-96) of the Winnipeg Jets, as well as the first ten seasons (1997-2007) of their subsequent incarnation as the …

276: The Toledo Troopers - With Steve Guinan

September 12th, 2022


​Author/team biographer Steve Guinan (We Are the Troopers: The Women of the Winningest Team in Pro Football History) helps us celebrate the return of football this week - with a look back at ​​the unheralded story of …

275: Kansas City As & Houston Colt .45s Memories - With Addie Beth Denton

September 5th, 2022


As a young girl growing up in tiny, rural Throckmorton, Texas in the mid-1950s, memoirist Addie Beth Denton ("108 Stitches: A Girl Grows Up With Baseball") had only a vague understanding of what her father and uncle …

274: "Absurd" Pro Soccer History - With Pablo Maurer

August 29th, 2022


The Athletic Major League Soccer staff writer Pablo Maurer steps into our vortex of what-used-to-be in professional sports this week, with a look back at some of the more confounding and overlooked stories of the …

273: The WHA’s Minnesota Fighting Saints - With Dan Whenesota

August 22nd, 2022


Obscure trivia answers abound this week, as we return to the pro rinks of the 1970s with Twin Cities sports fan extraordinaire Dan Whenesota ("A Slap Shot in Time") for a look back at the not one, but two World Hockey …

272: "A League of Their Own" - With Desta Tedros Reff

August 15th, 2022


We spotlight the new Amazon Prime Video series "A League of Their Own" - an inventively reimagined telling of the story of the World War II-era All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (and originally made famous …

271: Minor League Baseball's "Grinders" - With Mike Capps

August 8th, 2022


Life has come full circle for TV news reporter-turned-Triple-A baseball play-by-play broadcaster Mike Capps ("Grinders: Baseball's Intrepid Infantry

270: US Soccer's "Generation Zero" - With Hal Phillips

August 1st, 2022


It wasn’t easy being a soccer fan in the United States in the 1980s. 

While the 24-team North American American Soccer League ushered in the decade …

268: Behind the Scenes - With Charlie Evranian

July 17th, 2022


Chicago sports fans of a certain age may remember the name Charlie Evranian atop the masthead of the executive suite (behind inimitable owner Lee Stern, of course) of the 1981 outdoor version of the North American …

266: The Series That Changed Hockey Forever - With Scott Morrison

July 4th, 2022


We're back from vacation with a 50th anniversary rewind of 1972's iconic "Summit Series" between "Team Canada" (featuring the NHL's best from north of the border) and the then-Soviet Union - with veteran sports …

265.5: MISL Memories - With Michael Menchel [Archive Re-Release]

June 20th, 2022


[A June 2017 archive re-release favorite with one of the true insiders behind the initial success of the legendary original 1970s/80s Major Indoor Soccer League!]

This week, Tim Hanlon buckles up for a wild ride through …

265: The Charlotte Hornets - With Muggsy Bogues

June 13th, 2022


It's a special "retcon" episode this week, as we dig into both the original and revisionist histories of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets - with the first incarnation's most recognizable player, and the second iteration's …

264: Baseball's Union Association - With Justin Mckinney

June 6th, 2022


Society for American Baseball Research historian/chronicler Justin Mckinney (Baseball's Union Association: The Short, Strange Life of a 19th-Century Major League) joins the podcast this week to weigh in on the debate …

263: "The Football History Dude" - With Arnie Chapman (Vacation Special)

May 30th, 2022


We're taking a few days of early summer vacation this week - but not before sitting down for a very fun interview with pro football enthusiast and …

262: The Cincinnati Royals - With Gerry Schultz

May 23rd, 2022


While more than a few generations of NBA fans believe the Sacramento Kings franchise began its life when the team played (and lost) its very first exhibition game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the …

261: Baseball's Most Unlikely Hall of Famer? - With Tom Alesia

May 16th, 2022


"Dave Bancroft should not be in the Hall of Fame."   That's how this week's guest Tom Alesia's new book "Beauty at Short: Dave Bancroft, the Most …

260: The World Football League - With Ryan Hockensmith

May 9th, 2022


We revisit the endlessly fascinating World Football League - and its enigmatic founder/first commissioner Gary Davidson - with senior writer Ryan Hockensmith ("The Renegade Who Took On the NFL [And the NBA and …

259: Howard Baldwin Returns!

May 2nd, 2022


Hollywood film producer (Ray; The Game of Their Lives; Sudden Death) and original New England/Hartford Whalers founder/owner Howard Baldwin (Slim and …

258: The (Original) USFL's Washington Federals - With Jake Russell

April 25th, 2022


With the rebooted (though still potentially trademark-infringing) USFL now in full swing, we take a look back at one of the clubs from the original …

257: New York's Shea Stadium - With Matthew Silverman

April 18th, 2022


It's the 60th year of New York Mets baseball, and we celebrate this week with a look back at the transformational multipurpose facility they called …

256: The Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) Player Roundtable

April 11th, 2022


We take it hard to the tin this week, with a lively roundtable reminiscence of the oft-overlooked, but undeniably influential Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL) of 1978-81 - with four of its pioneering players …

254: American League Baseball Expansion/Relocation History - With Andy McCue

March 28th, 2022


Long-time Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) contributor and "Mover and Shaker: Walter O'Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball's Westward Expansion" author Andy McCue joins the podcast to discuss his provocative …

253: "Out of Their League" - With Dave Meggyesy

March 21st, 2022


​A pro football​ player who protests against the actions of his government, is shunned by ​the league establishment, and eventually ​winds up out of …

252.5: The TVS Television Network - With Howard Zuckerman [Archive Re-Release]

March 14th, 2022


[A September 2017 archive re-release favorite with the production wizard behind behind early network TV coverage of the World Football League & North American Soccer League of the 1970s!]

On January 20, 1968, a …

252: "A False Spring" - With Pat Jordan

March 7th, 2022


Pat Jordan grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut where, in the mid-1950s, he became a highly pursued pro baseball prospect as a young pitching phenom in …

251: The Indoor Soccer Travails of Keith Tozer

February 28th, 2022


We traverse a fascinating litany of top-tier North American professional indoor soccer leagues with pioneering player, record-setting coach and now, current Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) commissioner Keith Tozer.   …

250: Arena Football's New York Dragons - With Gregg Sarra

February 21st, 2022


We reminisce about the original Arena Football League and its curious dalliances with the New York metropolitan area, with veteran Newsday sports …

249: New York Cosmos Soccer - With Werner Roth

February 14th, 2022


It's another bucket-list conversation with one of Tim's favorite players from the legendary New York Cosmos of the original North American Soccer League - defender extraordinaire​ (and de facto club keeper-of-the-flame) …

248.5: Baseball’s Continental League - With Professor Russ Buhite [Archive Re-Release]

February 7th, 2022


[We dig out from last week's major winter storm with a fan-favorite Archive Re-Release from 2018!]

By the summer of 1959, the absence of two former National League franchises from what was once a vibrant New York City …

248: 2004's Pro Cricket - With Steve Holroyd

January 31st, 2022


Fresh off his appearance on last month's Year-End Holiday Roundtable Spectacular, fellow defunct sports enthusiast Steve Holroyd returns to the show …

247: The St. Louis Browns - With Ed Wheatley

January 24th, 2022


After hiding in plain sight for the better part of five years, we finally take an initial swing at the deeply fascinating story of baseball's original "lovable losers" - the St. Louis Browns.   St. Louis native and …

246: The Pittsburgh Maulers - With Tom Rooney

January 17th, 2022


As we continue to debate the general wisdom of resurrecting the intellectual property of the original short-lived 1980s version of the United States Football League - as well as question the viability of launching yet

244: "Dixieball" - With Thomas Aiello

January 3rd, 2022


Valdosta State University Professor of History and African American Studies Thomas Aiello ("Dixieball: Race and Professional Basketball in the Deep South") joins our first podcast of the New Year - with an intriguing …

243.6: Arena Football League Founder Jim Foster - Part Two [Archive Re-Release]

December 27th, 2021


[More holiday fun with a re-release of a fan favorite episode from January 2018!]

We conclude our two-part journey into the early history of the …

243.5: Arena Football League Founder Jim Foster [Archive Re-Release]

December 20th, 2021


[We celebrate the holidays with a re-release of a fan favorite episode from January 2018!]

As the new year beckons, the fate of the Arena Football …

243: The 3rd Annual Year-End Holiday Roundtable Spectacular!

December 13th, 2021


We try to make sense of a decidedly bipolar 2021 with our third-annual Holiday Roundtable Spectacular - featuring three of our favorite fellow …

242: Pittsburgh's Civic Arena ("The Igloo") - With Dave Finoli

December 6th, 2021


Our "tour" of lost pro sports venues continues with another stop in the Keystone State, this time for a loving look back at the life and times of Pittsburgh's legendary Civic Arena - aka "The Igloo" - with Steel City …

241: Philadelphia's Spectrum - With Lou Scheinfeld

November 29th, 2021


Our GPS coordinates take us back to the "City of Brotherly Love" this week for a fond, first-person reminiscence of Philadelphia's legendary Spectrum - with one of its chief managerial architects, Lou Scheinfeld ("

240: The USFL Returns (Sort Of) - With Scott Adamson

November 22nd, 2021


After months of speculation, the first concrete pieces of confirmation of a possible return of the United States Football League were issued by Fox …

239: The Minneapolis Lakers & the NBA's First Dynasty - With Marcus Thompson

November 15th, 2021


The NBA's 75th anniversary season is well underway, and we take a reverential look this week at some of the league's most legendary dynasties, …

238.5: (PROMO DROP) "The Thom and Hawk Football Show"

November 11th, 2021


The Thom & Hawk Football Show is the only football podcast hosted by two long-time NFL vets, former teammates, AND current best friends. Each week, twice a week, join 10-time Pro-Bowler, Joe Thomas, and 7-year NFL …

238: The National Women's Football League - With Britni de la Cretaz & Lyndsey D'Arcangelo

November 8th, 2021


We return to the fascinating story of the pioneering National Women’s Football League (1974-88-ish) - and its overlooked role in the surprisingly …

237: Pro Sports in Atlanta - It's Complicated (With Clayton Trutor)

November 1st, 2021


By the time you hear this week's episode, the Atlanta Braves just may be celebrating their second-ever World Series trophy since moving from …

236: Las Vegas Motorsports & the Mob - With Randy Cannon

October 25th, 2021


It's off to Vegas this week, baby, as we dig in to the fascinating backstory of two short-lived racetracks that lived fast and died hard trying to bring top-flight motorsports to Sin City in the late 1960s and early …

235: The Hartford Whalers - With Pat Pickens

October 18th, 2021


We pick up where we left off in our previous episodes 62 (with the "Whaler Guys") and 100 (featuring WHA-version franchise founder Howard Baldwin) …

234: "Big-Time Soccer" - With Rachel Viollet

October 11th, 2021


We take another crack at the history and mythology of the late, great North American Soccer League - this time through the eyes of sports filmmaker …

232: DC Hoops History - With Brett Abrams

September 27th, 2021


It's a return to the Nation's Capital this week as we take a romp through Washington, DC's surprisingly rich pro basketball history with Brett …

231: The 1956 Los Angeles Angels - With Gaylon White

September 20th, 2021


We revisit LA's spirited pre-majors Pacific Coast League rivalry (begun in Episode 208: The Hollywood Stars - With Dan Taylor) with a look at the …

230: The 1981 Springbok Rugby Union Tour - With Derek Catsam

September 13th, 2021


University of Texas Permian Basin history professor Derek Catsam ("Flashpoint: How a Little-Known Sporting Event Fueled America's Anti-Apartheid Movement") joins to delve into the intriguing story of how a relatively …

229: US Soccer's First Pro Leagues - With Brian Bunk

September 6th, 2021


Quiz any fan of soccer in the US as to the origin of the professional game on American soil, and you're likely to get a myriad of answers - usually rooted in generational identity.   ​If you're under 30, the 1996 …

228: Candlestick Park - With Steven Travers

August 30th, 2021


Described as a "festive prison yard" by famed New Yorker baseball essayist Roger Angell during the 1962 World Series, San Francisco's famed Candlestick Park was equally loved and hated by sports teams and fans alike …

227: "Alliances Broken" - With Steven Potter

August 23rd, 2021


It's been more than two years since we last checked in on the spectacular flame-out of the Alliance of American Football back in April 2019 - …

226.5: Kyle Rote, Jr. (Archive Re-Release)

August 16th, 2021


[A re-release of a fan favorite episode from July 2017!]

National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee and three-time ABC-TV “Superstars” champion Kyle Rote, …

226: The New York Cosmos - With Steve Hunt

August 9th, 2021


Your humble host does his best this week to tamp down his inner fanboy as he sits down for a bucket-list conversation with one of his favorite players from the legendary New York Cosmos of the original NASL - winger …

225: The Cleveland Barons - With Gary Webster

August 1st, 2021


We close the gap between our previous explorations of the National Hockey League's former California Golden Seals and Minnesota North Stars with a …

224: "The Football Odyssey" - With Aron Harris (Vacation Special)

July 26th, 2021


We're absconding for a few days of summer vacation this week - but not before taking time to sit down for a thoroughly enjoyable interview with pro football enthusiast and friend-of-the-show Aron Harris - as a guest on …

223.5: Dennis Murphy, RIP (Archive Re-Release)

July 18th, 2021

We mourn last week's passing of legendary sports entrepreneur and challenger-league impresario Dennis Murphy with a special archive re-release of our two previous interviews from September 8, 2019 (Episode 129) and …

222: The Inaugural International Race of Champions - With Matt Stone

July 4th, 2021


As the debut season of the surprisingly entertaining Tony Stewart/Ray Evernham-led Camping World SRX Series nears its conclusion next week, we dive …

221: Can the MASL Recapture Indoor Soccer's Glory Days? - With Michael Lewis

June 28th, 2021

1:36:23's Michael Lewis returns after a two-year absence to help us dig into the news of the Major Arena Soccer League's hiring of three marquee names from pro indoor soccer's 1980s heyday - as it attempts to …

220: The National Girls Baseball League - With Adam Chu

June 21st, 2021


Most baseball fans are familiar with the World War II-era All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from the hit 1992 movie "A League of Their Own" - but most do not know that there was another pro women's …

219: Graham "Buster" Tutt

June 14th, 2021


We knock out a bunch of previously unexplored US soccer franchises of yore with the delightful Graham "Buster" Tutt ("Never Give Up: The Graham …

218: Baseball Goes to War - With Gary Bedingfield

June 7th, 2021


In our Episode 104 with David Hubler & Josh Drazen, we examined the existential crisis faced by organized baseball during the first half of the …

217: The Other Side(s) of Wilt - With Robert Cherry

May 31st, 2021


We dial up Robert Cherry, author of the definitive biography of legendary pro basketball great Wilt Chamberlain ("Wilt: Larger Than Life"), to delve into the lesser-known (but enormously fascinating) aspects of the "Big …

216: Auto Racing's "Indy Split" - With John Oreovicz

May 24th, 2021


The starting grid is set for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, and what better way to get ready than with a look back at the …

215: "Toffee Soccer" - With David France & Rob Sawyer

May 17th, 2021


We admit that when our friends at Liverpool's deCoubertin Books reached out recently with an advance look at their upcoming title devoted to the …

214: The Boston Minutemen & New England Tea Men - With Steve Gans

May 10th, 2021


American soccer insiders know Steve Gans as one of the sport's leading domestic corporate attorneys, with a long track record of legal representation from all sides of the ball - including as a former candidate for …

212: Horace Stoneham & the New York Giants - With Steve Treder

April 26th, 2021


Baseball historian Steve Treder ("Forty Years a Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham") steps up to the plate this week to delve into the oft-overlooked contributions of influential San Francisco (née New York) Giants …

211: The Short Life of Hughie McLoon - With Allen Abel

April 19th, 2021


The Roarin' Twenties was a time of Prohibition, jazz, gangland murder - and, for baseball, an age of superstitious magic - when even future Hall of …

210: An Unlikely Negro League Story - With Cam Perron

April 12th, 2021


There’s one question Cam Perron ("Comeback Season: My Unlikely Story of Friendship with the Greatest Living Negro League Baseball Players") has heard over and over again: “How does a white kid from a suburb of Boston …

209: The Eastern Professional Basketball League - With Syl Sobel & Jay Rosenstein

April 5th, 2021

Founded as the "Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League" for its first season in post-war 1946 - and later (1970-78) known as the Eastern Basketball Association before eventually morphing into the NBA's semi-official …

207: Basketball's Philadelphia SPHAs - With Doug Stark

March 22nd, 2021


International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum director Doug Stark (The SPHAs: The Life and Times of Basketball's Greatest Jewish Team) joins this week's 'cast for an authoritative exploration of one of his first loves - pro …

206: The Life & Teams of Johnny F. Bassett - With Denis Crawford

March 15th, 2021


Youngstown State professor Denis Crawford ("The Life and Teams of Johnny F. Bassett: Maverick Entrepreneur of North American Sports") joins the 'cast for a jam-packed deep dive into the life of one of the most …

205: Philly's "Vet" - With Tom Garvey

March 8th, 2021


We fire up the GPS for a trek back to the City of Brotherly Love this week for a fond - but decidedly one-of-a-kind - remembrance of Philadelphia's oddly beloved "octorad"-styled outdoor sports mecca known as Veterans …

203: Seattle's Once (+ Future?) SuperSonics - With Jon Finkel

February 22nd, 2021


After a severely challenging, COVID-hampered 2020, it wasn't altogether surprising to hear NBA Commissioner Adam Silver openly muse with reporters at year's end about the potential for adding a new franchise or two to …

202: The Hilldale Club - With Neil Lanctot

February 15th, 2021


We continue our dogged pursuit of the history of baseball's Negro Leagues with a stop this week in the suburban Philadelphia borough of Darby, PA - for a look at the famed Hilldale Club with SABR Seymour Medal-winning …

200: C.C. Pyle's "Bunion Derby" - With Geoff Williams

February 1st, 2021

Author Geoff Williams (C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America) joins for the stranger-than-fiction story of the cross-country long-distance running event/endurance …

199: The 1974 "Forgotten" Summit Series - With Craig Wallace

January 25th, 2021


After overwhelming response to our Episode 194 exploration ​of hockey's epic 1972 "Summit Series," we gas up the Zamboni for a return visit into Canada/Russian competition lore - this time for the equally intriguing …

198: Johnny Buss

January 18th, 2021


We sit down with the eldest scion of Los Angeles' legendary Dr. Jerry Buss family sports empire for a wide-ranging discussion about its early construction, day-to-day operations, eventual unwinding - and its ongoing …

196: Baltimore's "Ghosts of 33rd Street" - With Troy Lowman

January 4th, 2021


Filmmaker and Maryland-native Troy Lowman ("The Ghosts of 33rd Street") helps us kick off the new year with a look back at the pro football franchise …

195.5: Musician Steve Ferrone (Archive Re-Release)

December 28th, 2020


[A re-release of fan favorite episode from January 2020!]

Prolific rock/R&B drummer/musician Steve Ferrone (Average White Band, Tom Petty and the …

195: Second-Annual Year-End Holiday Spectacular!

December 21st, 2020


We bid an emphatic good riddance to a crappy 2020 with our second-annual holiday roundtable spectacular featuring the return of fellow defunct sports …

194: Hockey's 1972 "Summit Series" - With Rich Bendell

December 14th, 2020


Just about any Canadian of a certain age will be able to tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing on September 28, 1972.

That's …

193: Ebbets Field Flannels - With Jerry Cohen

December 7th, 2020


A guilty pleasure this week, as we go deep into the story of iconic vintage sportswear retailer Ebbets Field Flannels - the world leader in researching, sourcing and creating 100% authentic athletic apparel - with its …

192: The Oakland/California Clippers - With Derek Liecty

November 30th, 2020

For the first time since Episode 47 with Dennis Seese, we dial back to US pro soccer's optimistic but tenuous late 1960's reboot, with Derek Liecty - …

191: National League Baseball's 1900 Contraction - With Bob Bailey

November 23rd, 2020


We celebrate the Society for American Baseball Research's fiftieth anniversary with a look back at one of the most pivotal events in major league baseball history - and featured in the group's newly-released …

190: Philadelphia Hockey Beyond the Flyers - With Alan Bass

November 16th, 2020


When anyone brings up the topic of pro hockey in Philadelphia, the conversation quite naturally starts (and often stops) with the Flyers - one of the six franchises added to the NHL in the league's 1967 "Great …

189: The Houston Oilers - With Fr. Ed Fowler

November 9th, 2020

We consult a higher authority this week to help us dig into the story of the NFL's former Houston Oilers - one of the American Football League's …

188: The Original National Lacrosse League - With Dave Coleman & Steve Holroyd

November 2nd, 2020


Our resident lax experts Dave Coleman and Steve Holroyd ("Two for the Show") return to help us dig deeper into the largely untold story of the …

187: The Original World Team Tennis - With Steven Blush

October 26th, 2020


Pop culture writer/filmmaker Steven Blush ("American Hardcore") joins the festivities this week to (at long last) help us delve into the enigmatic …

186: Negro Leaguers & Baseball's Hall of Fame - With Steven Greenes

October 19th, 2020


When legendary Red Sox slugger Ted Williams gave his induction speech at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 25, 1966, he unexpectedly …

185: NHL Hockey by Design - With Chris Creamer & Todd Radom

October 12th, 2020


Logo archivist Chris Creamer ( and graphic brand designer Todd Radom (Todd Radom Design) join this week's show to dive into the rich and fascinating visual story of the National Hockey League's nearly …

184: Birmingham's Quixotic Quest for Pro Pigskin - With Scott Adamson

October 5th, 2020


Veteran sportswriter and Birmingham, AL native Scott Adamson (The Home Team: My Bromance with Off-Brand Football) joins the pod to discuss his curious decades-long relationship with the various attempts at rooting …

183: Negro League Baseball's "Invisible Men" - With Donn Rogosin

September 28th, 2020


From the book jacket of the 2007 reissue of Invisible Men: Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues - the seminal 1983 book by this week's guest Donn Rogosin:

182: National League Baseball's Cleveland Spiders - With Eric Nusbaum

September 21st, 2020


Writer/author (and Episode 158 guest) Eric Nusbaum ("Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between") returns for a second visit, this time to help us obsess about the curious story of the …

181: Columbus' IHL Hockey Heritage - With Eric Weltner

September 14th, 2020


Little did we know when we dropped our minor league hockey tribute to the 1990s ECHL Columbus Chill in our Episode 169 with David Paitson & Craig …

180: Washington NFL Football's "R-Word" - With Rich King

September 7th, 2020


Columbia College Chicago cultural studies professor Rich King (Redskins: Insult and Brand) joins the podcast this week to discuss the roots and …

179: WHA Hockey "Lost & Found" - With Dennis Murphy

August 31st, 2020


If we ever get around to creating a Good Seats Still Available "Hall of Fame," this week's return guest will most certainly be part of its inaugural class of inductees.

Dennis Murphy (“Murph: The Sports Entrepreneur …

178: "PF's Tape Recorder" - With P.F. Wilson (Vacation Special)

August 24th, 2020


We steal away for a little summer vacation time this week - but not before sitting down for a massively enjoyable interview with fellow defunct sports enthusiast and long-time friend-of-the-show P.F. Wilson - as a guest …

177: The (Original) Winnipeg Jets – With Curtis Walker

August 17th, 2020


We cross the virtual border northward this week to obsess about the original incarnation of hockey's Winnipeg Jets - with author/team completist Curtis Walker ("Winnipeg Jets: The WHA Years Day By Day"; "Coming Up …

176: The Continental Indoor Soccer League – With Ronnie Weinstein

August 10th, 2020


By popular demand, former Los Angeles Lazers president and Episode 166 guest Ronnie Weinstein returns for an eagerly-awaited "part two" conversation …

175: Cycling's Tour de Trump – With Peter Nye

August 3rd, 2020


Cycling writer/historian Peter Nye (Hearts of Lions: The History of American Bicycle Racing) joins the podcast this week to help us understand the long and curious backstory behind the 1989 launch of the Tour de Trump - …

174: WUSA, WPS & NWSL Soccer – With Beau Dure

July 27th, 2020


As the National Women's Soccer League concludes its deftly assembled 2020 Challenge Cup tournament (with congrats to the Houston Dash on their first-ever major trophy), we enlist sportswriter/soccer insider Beau Dure ("

173: Ontario Speedway, The International Race of Champions & More – With Dave Lockton

July 20th, 2020


Longtime sports/information technology entrepreneur/executive Dave Lockton joins this week to discuss his managerial adventures in the geographically …

172: The Forgotten Pro Teams of New Orleans – With Nick Weldon

July 13th, 2020


We point our GPS coordinates this week to the endearingly enigmatic city of New Orleans, for an overdue look into the Big Easy’s chaotic pro sports …

170: The 1969 Washington Senators – With Steve Walker

June 29th, 2020


When the original version of the modern-era Washington Senators announced its intention to relocate to Minneapolis-St. Paul in 1960 to become the …

169: The Columbus Chill – With David Paitson & Craig Merz

June 22nd, 2020


We take a rare dip into the minors this week with the intriguing story of hockey’s Columbus Chill – the 1990s sensation that took the East Coast …

167: The “Down Goes Brown” History of the NHL – With Sean McIndoe

June 8th, 2020


While we ruminate on what a potential resumption of the National Hockey League’s delayed 2020 regular season (and playoffs) might look like in the …

166: MISL Soccer’s Los Angeles Lazers – With Ronnie Weinstein

June 1st, 2020


The Major Indoor Soccer League’s rocket red ball bounces back our way this week for an Eighties-style rewind into the story of the Los Angeles Lazers – as seen through the eyes of one of its chief front office …

165: Pioneers of AAGPBL Baseball – With Kat Williams

May 25th, 2020


It’s our deepest dive yet into the legendarily one-of-a-kind All-American Girls Professional Baseball League with Marshall University Professor of Women’s Sport History Kat Williams (The All-American Girls After the …

164: Negro League Baseball’s Atlantic City Bacharach Giants – With Jim Overmyer

May 18th, 2020


The curious story of baseball’s Atlantic City (NJ) Bacharach Giants originates from a unique intersection of racism, tourism, and politics.

In …

163: Once Again, The XFL is Done (Or Is It?) – With ESPN’s Kevin Seifert

May 11th, 2020

1:10:59 NFL Nation reporter Kevin Seifert stops by to help us perform a preliminary autopsy on the surprisingly sudden death of the XFL – WWE founder Vince McMahon’s second attempt at creating a viable alternative …

162: Les Expos de Montréal – Avec Danny Gallagher

May 4th, 2020


We journey north of the border this week to get our first at-bats with the 35-year adventure formerly known as the Montreal Expos, with author and de facto team historian Danny Gallagher (Always Remembered: New …

161.5: Basketball’s Marvin “Bad News” Barnes – With Mike Carey (Archive Re-Release)

April 30th, 2020


We mourn the unexpected passing of longtime Boston-area sportswriter & Marvin "Bad News" Barnes biographer Mike Carey ("Bad News": The Turbulent …

161: Jim Bouton: Baseball Original – With Mitch Nathanson

April 27th, 2020


From the day he first stepped into the New York Yankee clubhouse in 1962 at the age of 23, Jim Bouton was baseball’s deceptive revolutionary.  Behind …

160: “Soccertown USA” – With Tom McCabe & Kirk Rudell

April 20th, 2020


Film producers Tom McCabe and Kirk Rudell (“Soccertown USA”) join the podcast this week to discuss their newly released documentary about the modest working-class New Jersey town with an outsized influence on the …

159: Chronicling Pro Sports’ “Major” Leagues – With Tom Brucato

April 13th, 2020


Industrial writer and fellow defunct sports enthusiast Tom Brucato (Major Sports Leagues) joins this week’s installment of the podcast to delve deep into his all-new update of what can only be described as the

158: “Stealing” Dodger Stadium – With Eric Nusbaum

April 6th, 2020


LA’s Dodger Stadium – opened in April 1962, and now the third-oldest home ballpark in Major League Baseball – is an American icon.  But the story of …

157: The NASL’s Chicago Sting – With Willy Roy (Part Two)

March 30th, 2020


When 32-year-old Willy Roy and two of his NASL St. Louis Stars teammates were acquired by the still-yet-to-play expansion Chicago Sting in February …

156: National Soccer Hall of Famer Willy Roy

March 23rd, 2020


Though he was born in Germany and still retains the distinctive vocal stylings to prove it, National Soccer Hall of Fame player/coach great Willy Roy has always been a Chicago kid in both heart and heritage.   

A …

155: The Continental Basketball Association’s Albany Patroons – With Brendan Casey

March 16th, 2020


With the entirety of pro sports in unprecedented lock-down mode, we offer some respite with a rewind back to the curiously borderline major league Continental Basketball Association (1946-2009), and one of its most …

154: The National Women’s Football League’s Houston Herricanes – With Olivia Kuan

March 9th, 2020


Hollywood cinematographer and documentary filmmaker Olivia Kuan (Brick House) joins to discuss the revealing story of the Houston "Herricanes" of the …

152: The Senior Professional Baseball Association – With Peter Golenbock

February 24th, 2020


Spring training is finally under way, and we celebrate the National Pastime with a return visit to the 1989-90 curiosity known as the Senior Professional Baseball Association – with one of its few dedicated chroniclers, …

151: “God Save the (Wichita) Wings” – With Adam Knapp & Mike Romalis

February 17th, 2020


We gear up for this week’s world premiere of God Save the Wings – the long-awaited documentary about one of the original Major Indoor Soccer League’s most improbable success stories – with co-producers Adam Knapp (Out …

150: Major League Baseball Expansion – With Fran Zimniuch

February 10th, 2020


Baseball writer Fran Zimniuch (Baseball's New Frontier: A History of Expansion, 1961-1998) help us sketch out a nearly forty-year survey of the major …

149: “America’s” Soccer League – With Steve Holroyd

February 3rd, 2020


Society for American Soccer History board director Steve Holroyd returns to help us decipher the last decade of the enigmatic second incarnation of …

148: The NHL’s Atlanta Flames (& More!) – With Dan Bouchard

January 27th, 2020


For 1970s-era NHL hockey fans who remember the eight-year adventure known as the Atlanta Flames, few are likely to forget Dan Bouchard.  A tenacious, slightly eccentric and occasionally fight-prone French-Canadian …

147: The Dodgers & Giants Bolt West – With Lincoln Mitchell

January 20th, 2020


Following the 1957 season, two of baseball's most famous teams – the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants – left the city they had called home …

146: The NY Cosmos Theme Song – With Musician Steve Ferrone

January 13th, 2020


Prolific rock/R&B drummer/musician Steve Ferrone (Average White Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) joins to delve into the backstory of …

145: The United Football League – With Michael Huyghue

January 6th, 2020


We kick off the new year with a return to the gridiron, and a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the brash, but ultimately ill-fated United Football …

144.5: New York Yankees Broadcaster John Sterling (Archive Re-Release)

January 1st, 2020


We celebrate the arrival of 2020 with an archive re-release of one our favorite interviews of 2019 - New York Yankees broadcaster John Sterling.

144: Year-End Holiday Spectacular – With Paul Reeths & Andy Crossley

December 23rd, 2019


We put the wraps on an event-filled 2019 with our first-annual holiday roundtable spectacular featuring the return of fellow defunct sports …

143: Negro League Superstar Oscar Charleston – With Jeremy Beer

December 16th, 2019


Baseball biographer Jeremy Beer (Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player) joins the podcast this week to discuss the life and career of one of baseball’s greatest, though largely …

142: Birmingham’s Black Barons – With Bill Plott

December 9th, 2019


Journalist-author/Alabama native Bill Plott (Black Baseball's Last Team Standing: The Birmingham Black Barons) joins the show to help us discover more about the legendary Negro League franchise regarded by most baseball …

141.5: The WHA Hall of Fame With Tim Gassen (Archive Re-Release)

December 6th, 2019


We mourn the unexpected passing of University of Arizona men's ice hockey media broadcaster & World Hockey Association history flamekeeper Tim Gassen - with our previous Episode 75 interview from August 18, 2018.

141: The National Bowling League – With Dr. Jake Schmidt

December 2nd, 2019


We hit the lanes this week to delve into the fascinating story of the nation’s first and only attempt at a professional team bowling league – a seemingly anachronistic idea by today’s standards, but a concept that made …

140: NFL Football’s Chicago Cardinals – With Joe Ziemba

November 25th, 2019


Author and unwitting pro football historian Joe Ziemba (When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL) help us set the record straight on the often-misunderstood history of the first …

138: The International Volleyball Association – With Jay Hanseth

November 11th, 2019


You can be forgiven if you never heard of the International Volleyball Association – the mid-1970s co-ed pro circuit that aimed to draft off the …

137: Basketball’s Marvin “Bad News” Barnes – With Mike Carey

November 4th, 2019


Marvin “Bad News” Barnes was considered a future Hall of Fame basketball player before he even graduated from college.  A standout at Providence …

136: Kansas City vs. Oakland – With Matt Ehrlich

October 28th, 2019


We amp up the intellectual quotient this week with University of Illinois journalism professor emeritus Matt Ehrlich (Kansas City vs. Oakland: The Bitter Sports Rivalry That Defined an Era), who joins for a heady …

135: The Curse of the Clippers – With Mick Minas

October 21st, 2019


We pick up where we left off in Episode 89 (The NBA Buffalo Braves – With Tim Wendel), with the continuing story of one of pro hoops’ most forlorn franchises – today known as the Los Angeles Clippers.

Author Mick …

134: The World League of American Football’s London Monarchs – With Alex Cassidy

October 14th, 2019


By popular request, we begin our exploration of the enigmatic 1990s international experiment known (initially) as the World League of American …

133: Baseball’s Original Miami Marlins – With Sam Zygner

October 7th, 2019


We “celebrate” the 2019 Miami Marlins’ National League-worst 57-105 season with a look back to colorful 1950s-era Triple-A minor league franchise …

132: ABA Basketball Memories – With Hall of Famer Dan Issel

September 30th, 2019


Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame legend Dan Issel joins this week’s ‘cast to discuss his All-Star career in the American Basketball Association with two of the league’s most (relatively) stable franchises – the …

131: Calling Balls & Strikes in Baseball’s Negro Leagues – With Byron Motley

September 23rd, 2019


Multi-talented singer-songwriter, photographer, and soon-to-be sports history documentarian Byron Motley joins the show this week to discuss his late …

130: St. Louis: The Original Soccer City USA – With Dave Lange

September 16th, 2019


On August 20, 2019, the city of St. Louis, MO was officially awarded the 28th franchise in Major League Soccer, with an anticipated inaugural season beginning in 2022.  And while the club begins its efforts to get its …

129: ABA Basketball's Origin Story – With Founder Dennis Murphy

September 9th, 2019


The American Basketball Association was not founder Dennis Murphy’s original intent. 

Thwarted in his attempt to get the fast-growing city of Anaheim, CA (he was mayor of nearby Buena Park) into the fledgling American

128: NASL Soccer’s Chicago Sting – With Mike Conklin

September 2nd, 2019


Prolific Chicago Tribune sportswriter Mike Conklin (Goal Fever!; Transfer U.) joins the podcast to help us go deep into the story of the North …

126: CBA Basketball’s Fort Wayne Fury – With Rob Brown

August 19th, 2019


After extraordinary listener response to our Episode #118 with David Levine a few months back, we bounce-pass our way back to the endlessly intriguing Continental Basketball Association for this week’s conversation – …

125: San Jose Sharks Broadcaster Randy Hahn

August 12th, 2019


Before embarking on his incredible 29-year (and counting) run as play-by-play lead for NHL hockey’s San Jose Sharks, NBC Sports California sportscaster Randy Hahn was first known to 1980s pro soccer audiences as the …

124: The CFL’s Baltimore Stallions – With Ron Snyder

August 5th, 2019


Sportswriter Ron Synder (The Baltimore Stallions: The Brief, Brilliant History of the CFL Champion Franchise) joins to delve into the story of the mostly-forgotten team that revitalized Baltimore’s pro football history …

123: Ballpark Architecture and the American City – With Paul Goldberger

July 29th, 2019


We amp up the intellectual quotient this week with Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger (Ballpark: Baseball in the American City

122: Black Pioneers of the NASL – With Patrick Horne

July 22nd, 2019


Brooklyn College women’s soccer head coach and former NASL (Memphis Rogues, New England Tea Men) and ASL (New Jersey Americans) pro player Patrick …

121: More Milwaukee Braves Baseball – With Patrick Steele

July 15th, 2019


It’s been nearly two years since our first look at baseball’s still-revered Milwaukee Braves, and this week – courtesy of author/historian Patrick Steele (Home of the Braves: The Battle for Baseball in Milwaukee) – we …

120: The Portland Timbers’ Origin Story – With Michael Orr

July 8th, 2019


As the 2019 version of the Portland Timbers celebrates its 10th season in Major League Soccer, we spin the WABAC Machine dial back 44 years earlier to 1975 – when the club’s original namesake became an overnight …

119: The Alliance of American Football Saga Continues – With Michael Rothstein

July 1st, 2019


We veer back this week into the still-unfolding mess that is (or was) the Alliance of American Football with “NFL Nation” reporter Michael …

118: The Continental Basketball Association – With David Levine

June 24th, 2019


Author and former SPORT magazine writer David Levine (Life on the Rim: A Year in the Continental Basketball Association) joins the ‘cast to give us our first taste of the quirky minor league basketball circuit that …

117: The Chicago Cubs Origin Story – With Jack Bales

June 17th, 2019


University of Mary Washington research librarian and baseball historian Jack Bales (Before They Were the Cubs: The Early Years of Chicago's First Professional Baseball Team) joins the podcast to help us dig into the …

116: A Thinking Man’s Guide to Defunct Leagues – With Stephen Provost

June 10th, 2019


This week, we offer a refresher course in the history of forgotten pro sports leagues with veteran newspaper editor, current long-form author and fellow defunct sports enthusiast Stephen Provost – whose recent book A …

115: The North American Soccer League’s Rochester Lancers – With Michael Lewis

June 3rd, 2019


After more than 40 years of covering the “beautiful game,” Newsday sportswriter and editor Michael Lewis (Soccer for Dummies) …

114: New York’s Polo Grounds – With Stew Thornley

May 27th, 2019


We cap off the long Memorial Day holiday weekend with a look back at one of the New York metropolitan area’s most memorable sports stadiums of yore – …

113: The Alliance of American Football – With Conor Orr

May 20th, 2019


Just weeks after its sudden collapse, we take our first look at the brief life of the Alliance of American Football with Sports Illustrated football …

112: The Once & Future Soccer Legacy of Ft. Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium – With Jeff Rusnak

May 13th, 2019


Long-time South Florida Sun-Sentinel soccer columnist Jeff Rusnak joins to discuss the rich past, transitional present and promising future of one of …

111: Pro Football’s “League That Didn’t Exist” – With Gary Webster

May 6th, 2019


WKKY-FM radio personality and sports author Gary Webster (The League That Didn’t Exist) helps us return to the curious story of the All-America Football Conference – the well-funded upstart that competed directly with …

109: The NASL Players’ Strike of 1979 – With Steve Holroyd

April 22nd, 2019


Professional union labor lawyer and Society for American Soccer History sports historian Steve Holroyd returns to the podcast to go deep into one of …

108: The “Almost Yankees” of 1981 – With David Herman

April 15th, 2019


We’re stuck in the minors again this week – this time with Microsoft News senior managing editor and former newspaper sportswriter David Herman (Almost Yankees: The Summer of ’81 and the Greatest Baseball Team You’ve …

106: Seattle’s “Sonicsgate” – With Filmmakers Jason Reid & Adam Brown

April 1st, 2019


Documentary filmmakers Jason Reid and Adam Brown (Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team) join host Tim Hanlon to discuss the long, tortuous and acrimoniously messy departure of the NBA’s iconic Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma …

105: The World Football League’s Detroit Wheels – With Mark Speck

March 25th, 2019


In a league uniquely rich in comic misadventures and financial disasters, perhaps no one franchise from the World Football League’s inaugural 1974 …

104: Big League Baseball in WWII Wartime Washington – With David Hubler & Josh Drazen

March 18th, 2019


On a cold and ominous Sunday, December 7, 1941, Major League Baseball’s owners were gathered in Chicago for their annual winter meetings, just two …

103: MISL Indoor Soccer's Origin Story – With Co-Founder Ed Tepper

March 11th, 2019


We celebrate our second anniversary with the intriguing background story of the original Major Indoor Soccer League, with the man who started it all – Ed Tepper. 

A commercial real estate developer by trade, Tepper …

101: New York Yankees Broadcaster John Sterling

February 25th, 2019


Legendary New York Yankees baseball play-by-play man John Sterling joins host Tim Hanlon for a cavalcade of career memories from his 50+ year journey in sports broadcasting – including a treasure trove of stops along …

100: WHA Hockey’s New England Whalers – With Former Owner Howard Baldwin

February 18th, 2019


We celebrate our 100th(!) episode with one of the founding owners of the pioneering World Hockey Association – and the man ultimately responsible for …

099: Sports Broadcaster Bob Carpenter

February 11th, 2019


You know him today as the long-time television play-by-play voice of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. 

But before becoming one of the baseball’s most admired and durable broadcasters, Bob Carpenter cut his …

098: The Original XFL – With Brett Forrest

February 4th, 2019


As another NFL season closes, we shift gears toward the forthcoming Alliance of American Football – the first of two new leagues attempting to again extend the pro game into viable Spring season play – where the USFL, …

097: Pro Football’s Dynastic Cleveland Browns – With Andy Piascik

January 28th, 2019


Win or lose in next week’s Super Bowl LIII, the five-time NFL champion New England Patriots are already guaranteed a spot in the annals of pro football history as one of the sport’s most dominant teams – especially when …

096: The National Pastime in the Nation’s Capital – With Fred Frommer

January 21st, 2019


We throw another chunk of firewood into our baseball hot stove this week, as we warm up with the surprisingly long and rich history of the National Pastime in the Nation’s Capital with sports PR veteran Fred Frommer (

095: The MISL’s Denver Avalanche – With Former Owner Ron Maierhofer

January 14th, 2019


It was December 1979, and Denver-area IT marketing and sales executive Ron Maierhofer was having what some would consider to be a mid-life crisis.  …

094: Major League Baseball’s Seattle Pilots – With Bill Mullins

January 7th, 2019


We kick off the New Year with our first-ever discussion about one of Major League Baseball’s most enduring enigmas – the ephemeral, one-season Seattle Pilots.

However, as we discover in our conversation with this week’s …

093: National Soccer Hall of Famer Bobby Smith

December 24th, 2018


We close out an amazing second season of episodes with a special year-end conversation featuring the US pro soccer pioneer who is, at least indirectly, responsible for the creation of this little podcast.  

Just weeks …

092: “Retro” Pro Lacrosse History – With Steve Holroyd & Dave Coleman

December 17th, 2018


We celebrate the (labor dispute-delayed) opening weekend of the National Lacrosse League’s 2018-19 season – as well as the return of the iconic Philadelphia Wings franchise – with two of pro box lacrosse’s most ardent …

091: NASL Soccer Video Archeology – With Dave Brett Wasser

December 10th, 2018


The images are grainy, the commentary earnestly naïve, and the theme music disco-infused, but the bigger picture is clear – it’s American soccer history, in all its VHS videotape glory.

Gleaned from a simpler, pre-HD …

090: The National Football League’s Origin (and Survival) Story – With John Eisenberg

December 3rd, 2018


Author John Eisenberg (Ten-Gallon War: The NFL’s Cowboys, the AFL’s Texans, and the Feud for Dallas’s Pro Football Future) returns, this time to guide us through the fascinating formative years of the National Football …

089: The NBA Buffalo Braves – With Tim Wendel

November 26th, 2018


The Buffalo Braves were one of three NBA expansion franchises (along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers) that began play in the 1970–71 season. 

Originally owned by a wobbly investment firm with few …

088: The 1968-69 AFL New York Jets – With Bob Lederer

November 19th, 2018


On January 12, 1969, the American Football League champion New York Jets stunned the sports world when they beat their heavily favored NFL …

087: New York’s Shea Stadium’s Curious 1975 – With Brett Topel

November 12th, 2018


It was, unwittingly, the center of the New York professional sports universe in 1975.

The official home of both Major League Baseball’s Mets and AFL-then-NFL football’s Jets since 1964, Shea Stadium was always a busy …

086: The Battle for Dallas: The AFL Texans vs. The NFL Cowboys – With John Eisenberg

November 5th, 2018


By the end of the 1958 NFL season – one punctuated by an iconic, nationally televised “Greatest Game Ever Played” championship – interest in professional football had risen to unprecedented levels across the country, …

085: Houston’s Iconic Astrodome – With Bob Trumpbour

October 29th, 2018


When it debuted to the public on April 9, 1965 (with an exhibition Major League Baseball game featuring the newly-renamed Houston Astros and Mickey Mantle’s New York Yankees), the Astrodome – audaciously dubbed the …

084: The 1960s-Era NFL Baltimore Colts – With Jack Gilden

October 22nd, 2018


The third incarnation of the Baltimore Colts – the second as an official member of the NFL – produced some of the most memorable and dominant teams …

082: AFL & NFL Football All-Star Ron McDole

October 8th, 2018


In a nearly 20-year playing career across the 1960s American Football League and 1970s NFL, defensive end Ron McDole (The Dancing Bear: My Eighteen …

080: The AAFC, AFL & the NFL’s Formative 1950s – With Economist David Surdam

September 24th, 2018


After barely surviving World War II, the National Football League of the late 1940s was not only on tenuous financial footing, but also facing an existential threat from an ambitious new challenger with deep-pocketed …

079: The NHL’s New York/Brooklyn Americans – With Dale Morrisey

September 17th, 2018


On September 21, 2013, a crowd of 14,689 Brooklyn hockey fans cheered when the NHL’s New York Islanders played a pre-season exhibition against the New Jersey Devils in the sleekly modern Barclays Center – the first-ever …

078: The United States Football League – With Jeff Pearlman

September 10th, 2018


Multiple New York Times bestselling sports book author Jeff Pearlman (Gunslinger; Boys Will Be Boys; The Bad Guys Won!; Sweetness) joins the pod this …

077: Before the NHL’s “Original Six” – With Andrew Ross

September 3rd, 2018


When quizzed on the historical origins of the National Hockey League, most fans reflexively default to the hagiographic construct known as the …

076: National Soccer Hall of Fame Coach Gordon Jago

August 27th, 2018


We continue our march towards the upcoming 50th anniversary reunion of the North American Soccer League (as part the rechristening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, TX on October 19-21, 2018), with one …

075: The World Hockey Association Hall of Fame with Tim Gassen

August 20th, 2018


Buckle up for our sophomore excursion into the legendary World Hockey Association, as we chat with the passionate founder and meticulous curator of …

074: NASL Soccer's Chief Architect Clive Toye

August 13th, 2018


Famed Soccer America columnist Paul Gardner summed up this week's Hall of Fame guest in his May 2015 commentary:

“The debt owed by American soccer to …

073: The Union Association’s Wilmington Quicksteps – with Jon Springer

August 6th, 2018


Professional baseball was barely into its adolescence in 1884 when a hard-playing, hard-drinking minor league club out of tiny Wilmington, …

072: Baseball’s “Miracle” Boston Braves with Historian Charlie Alexander

July 30th, 2018


When you’re the oldest continuously operating franchise in baseball (or in all of American professional sports, for that matter), you’re bound to …

071: National Soccer Hall of Fame Coach Al Miller - Part Two

July 23rd, 2018


We conclude our conversation with National Soccer Hall of Fame coach Al Miller, who shares a wide array of additional recollections, anecdotes, …

070: National Soccer Hall of Fame Coach Al Miller

July 16th, 2018


In February 1973, the suddenly ascendant North American Soccer League hurriedly awarded a new franchise to Philadelphia construction magnate Thomas McCloskey, despite the league’s fast-approaching season start date of …

069: The “Rebel” World Hockey Association with Ed Willes

July 9th, 2018


Fresh off of kicking pro basketball’s establishment in the teeth with the launch of the upstart American Basketball Association in 1967, inveterate …

068: The Birth of Major League Baseball’s World Series with SABR Historian Steve Steinberg

July 2nd, 2018


At the beginning of the 20th century, the professional game of baseball had already taken on much of its modern shape – where pitching and managerial strategy dominated, and “manufactured” offense meant taught and tense …

067: Behind-the-Scenes Tales from the Front Office with Thom Meredith

June 25th, 2018


Our World Cup fever has yet to break, and we spend this week reveling in some of the heretofore unexplored (at least on this podcast) nooks and crannies of modern-day American pro soccer history with one of its most …

066: Sports Broadcaster JP Dellacamera

June 18th, 2018


Fox Sports soccer play-by-play broadcaster extraordinaire JP Dellacamera joins the podcast this week to discuss a pioneering career in sports announcing spanning over 30 years – including calling this year’s 2018 FIFA …

065: The CFL’s American Expansion Experiment with Sportswriter Ed Willes

June 11th, 2018


As Johnny Manziel’s pro football comeback journey wraps up a promising pre-season with the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, we take a moment this week to reminisce on the approaching 25th anniversary of …

064: American Soccer’s “Dark Ages” with Writer Michael J. Agovino

June 4th, 2018


It wasn’t easy being a soccer fan in the United States in the 1980s. 

While the 24-team North American American Soccer League ushered in the decade …

063: Baseball's Federal League with Author Dan Levitt

May 28th, 2018


In late 1913, the newly formed Federal League of Base Ball Clubs – more simply known as the “Federal League” – declared itself a third major professional baseball league in competition with the established circuits of …

062: The Whaler Guys

May 21st, 2018


It’s been 21 years since the National Hockey League’s Hartford Whalers abruptly bolted for the (supposedly) greener pastures of North Carolina and a …

061: Sports Promoter Doug Verb

May 14th, 2018


If someone ever decides to build an American sports promotion Hall of Fame, the inaugural class will undoubtedly be led by this week’s special guest, Doug Verb.  In a career spanning more than 40 years in professional …

060: Baseball’s League That Never Was: The Continental League with Professor Russ Buhite

May 7th, 2018


By the summer of 1959, the absence of two former National League franchises from what was once a vibrant New York City major league baseball scene …

059: Pro Soccer’s Dean of Media Relations, Jim Trecker

April 30th, 2018


With a career spanning more than four decades, the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s 2017 Colin Jose Media Award-winner Jim Trecker has been part of the …

058: The Intersection of Sports & Art with Artist/Designer Wayland Moore

April 23rd, 2018


Internationally acclaimed multi-media artist/illustrator/designer Wayland Moore joins the podcast from his studio in suburban Atlanta to discuss his …

057: The Pro Football Life of Upton Bell

April 16th, 2018


Upton Bell grew up at the knee of the National Football League’s second-ever commissioner – his father, the legendary Bert Bell – who not only saved professional football from financial ruin in the aftermath of World …

056: The Players’ League of 1890 with Professor Bob Ross

April 9th, 2018


With Major League Baseball finally back in full swing, we dial the Wayback Machine all the way back to the year 1890, when the professional version …

055: Russ Cline and the Birth of Modern-Day Indoor Box Lacrosse

April 2nd, 2018


Our first-ever (and long-overdue) exploration of the sport of professional lacrosse begins with a conversation with one of the godfathers of the modern indoor game, Russ Cline – founder (along with partner and fellow …

054: Effa Manley & the Negro National League’s Newark Eagles with Biographer Bob Luke

March 26th, 2018


Baseball historian Bob Luke (The Most Famous Woman in Baseball: Effa Manley and the Negro Leagues) joins host Tim Hanlon to delve into the intriguing story of the first (and still only) woman to be inducted into the …

053: NHL Hockey’s Minnesota North Stars with Author Adam Raider

March 19th, 2018


In this week’s episode, we skate back to the National Hockey League’s 1967 “Great Expansion,” when the league ambitiously doubled in size from its “Original Six” to incorporate a half-dozen new franchises – including …

051: The Wild & Wacky World Football League with Author Mark Speck

March 5th, 2018


Perhaps no defunct league in modern-day professional sports history endured a more ignominious storyline and spectacular demise than that of the …

050: National League Baseball’s Detroit Wolverines with Author Brian “Chip” Martin

February 26th, 2018


While the Detroit Tigers hold the record as the oldest continuous one-name, one-city franchise in the American League (debuting as one of the …

049: “Rock & Roll” NASL Soccer with Author Ian Plenderleith

February 19th, 2018


By many accounts, the North American Soccer League was a one-of-a-kind phenomenon in the history of the world game – and, during its 1970s heyday (although it began shakily in 1968 and ended in shambles after the 1984 …

048: How the ABA’s Indiana Pacers Helped “Change the Game” – with Bob Netolicky & Robin Miller

February 12th, 2018


Four-time American Basketball Association All-Star Bob Netolicky and former Indianapolis Star sportswriter Robin Miller join host Tim Hanlon to share …

047: US Pro Soccer’s 1960s-Era Rebirth with Author Dennis Seese

February 5th, 2018


The history of professional soccer in the United States is richer and far more complex than today’s generation of Major League Soccer fans might …

046: The United States Football League with Author Paul Reeths

January 29th, 2018


For the first time since Episode #11, we return to the brief, but unforgettable streak of pro football lightning known as the United States Football …

044: Arena Football League Founder Jim Foster - Part Two

January 15th, 2018


We conclude our two-part journey into the early history of the Arena Football League with founder and inventor Jim Foster, who recounts some of the most notable events of the league’s formative years – including a …

043: Arena Football League Founder Jim Foster

January 8th, 2018


As the new year beckons, the fate of the Arena Football League – one of America’s most innovative modern-day professional sports concepts – hangs in the balance.  With only four teams (the mutually-owned Washington …

042: Entertainer Pat Boone and the ABA’s Oakland Oaks

January 1st, 2018


We usher in the holidays and round out our debut season with the inimitable Pat Boone – an American entertainment legend and inveterate business …

042: Entertainer Pat Boone and the ABA’s Oakland Oaks

December 25th, 2017


We usher in the holidays and round out our debut season with the inimitable Pat Boone – an American entertainment legend and inveterate business …

041: ABA Basketball’s Indiana Pacers with Sportswriter Mark Montieth

December 18th, 2017


Long-time Indianapolis pro hoops beat reporter Mark Montieth (Reborn: The Pacers and the Return of Pro Basketball to Indianapolis) joins host Tim …

040: The Three Acts of Pro Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes with Columnist Gary Singh

December 11th, 2017


Long-time Metro Silicon Valley columnist and San Jose, California native Gary Singh (The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy) joins host …

039: The Continental Indoor Soccer League’s Indianapolis Twisters with Broadcaster Kenn Tomasch

December 4th, 2017


Former sportscaster and fellow defunct pro sports enthusiast Kenn Tomasch joins host Tim Hanlon to dig deep into the two-season saga of the Indiana …

038: Women’s Professional Baseball with Film Producer/Director Jon Leonoudakis

November 27th, 2017


Documentary film producer/director Jon Leonoudakis (The Wrecking Crew!) joins Tim Hanlon to discuss Season Three of his digital video series The Sweet Spot: A Treasury of Baseball Stories – devoted to the plight of …

037: The NHL’s California Golden Seals with Author Steve Currier

November 20th, 2017


Ice hockey makes its long-awaited return to the podcast, as host Tim Hanlon revisits the legendarily forlorn California Golden Seals franchise of the …

036: Dead-Ball-Era Baseball’s “Chief” Meyers & the New York Giants with Author Bill Young

November 13th, 2017


 Author/historian Bill Young (John Tortes “Chief” Meyers: A Baseball Biography) returns to the podcast to discuss the life and legacy of one of Major League Baseball’s most intriguing personalities from the sport’s …

035: National Soccer Hall of Famer Paul Child

November 6th, 2017


Former NASL, MISL, CISL (and even ASL) soccer great Paul Child becomes the fifth National Soccer Hall of Famer to join the podcast – and regales host …

034: The National Basketball League with Author Murry Nelson

October 30th, 2017


Basketball historian and Penn State professor emeritus Murry Nelson (The National Basketball League: A History) returns to the podcast – this time to dive into the deep end of one of the modern-day NBA’s  most important …

033: Early Baseball’s National Association with Author Bill Ryczek

October 22nd, 2017


Author Bill Ryczek (Blackguards and Red Stockings: A History of Baseball’s National Association) makes a return visit to the podcast – this time to regale host Tim Hanlon in the intriguing story of the raucous early …

032: Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Braves with Documentarian/Writer Bill Povletich

October 16th, 2017


The lineage behind what is today’s Atlanta Braves is one of the longest, deepest and most uniquely enduring in all of professional baseball.  With early roots dating back to the launch of 1871’s National Association …

031: Indoor Soccer’s Wichita Wings with Mike Romalis and Tim O’Bryhim

October 9th, 2017


Wichita, Kansas natives Mike Romalis and Tim O’Bryhim (Make This Town Big: The Story of Roy Turner and the Wichita Wings) join host Tim Hanlon to talk about their current book – and upcoming documentary – focused on the …

030: The Senior Professional Baseball Association with Author David Whitford

October 2nd, 2017


Inc. Editor-at-Large David Whitford (Extra Innings: A Season in the Senior League) joins host Tim Hanlon to retrace his journalistic odyssey covering the inaugural season of the short-lived, Florida-based Senior …

029: The American Soccer League’s Cincinnati Comets with Writer/Photographer Ronny Salerno

September 25th, 2017


While the meteoric rise of the United Soccer League’s FC Cincinnati franchise caught many pro sports observers by surprise, keen observers of soccer’s unique history in the Queen City note that the foundation of the …

028: Women’s Pro Basketball’s “Machine Gun” Molly Kazmer

September 18th, 2017


The history of women’s professional basketball in the US pre-dates the modern-day WNBA by at least two decades, when inveterate pro sports entrepreneur Bill Byrne launched the Women’s Professional Basketball League …

027: Jim Thorpe’s Oorang Indians with NFL Films’ Chris Willis

September 11th, 2017


At the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, the National Football League was a mere footnote in the American sports scene, when matchups were played on dirt …

026: The TVS Television Network with Producer/Director Howard Zuckerman

September 4th, 2017


On January 20, 1968, a frenzied crowd of 52,693 packed the Houston Astrodome to witness the #2-ranked University of Houston Cougars nip the #1 (and …

025: Early Pro Football’s Memphis Tigers with Author Wylie McLallen

August 28th, 2017


The Memphis Tigers professional football team of the late 1920s and early 1930s never played a down in the National Football League, but that didn’t …

024: Soccer “Renaissance Man” Dr. Joe Machnik

August 21st, 2017


Fox Sports soccer rules analyst and newly minted National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Joe Machnik has done just about everything across the …

023: The AFL’s New York Titans with Author Bill Ryczek

August 14th, 2017


Before the modern-day New York Jets of today’s NFL – before Joe Namath, before the infamous “Heidi Game,” before the guaranteed Super Bowl III victory – there were the New York Titans.  A charter member of the upstart …

022: The Life of George Best with Documentary Filmmaker Daniel Gordon

August 7th, 2017


Award-winning British documentarian Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough; 9.79*; The Game of Their Lives) joins Tim Hanlon from London to discuss his new ESPN Films 30 for 30 feature George Best: All By Himself – and the …

021: Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics with Author David Jordan

July 31st, 2017


Author/historian David Jordan (The Athletics of Philadelphia: Connie Mack's White Elephants; The A's: A Baseball History) joins Tim Hanlon to discuss the first incarnation of one of Major League Baseball’s most …

020: George Steinbrenner’s Cleveland Pipers with Sportswriter Bill Livingston

July 24th, 2017


Award-winning Cleveland Plain Dealer sports columnist Bill Livingston (George Steinbrenner’s Pipe Dream: The ABL Champion Cleveland Pipers) joins Tim …

019: American Soccer “Superstar” Kyle Rote, Jr.

July 17th, 2017


National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee and three-time ABC-TV “Superstars” champion Kyle Rote, Jr. joins Tim Hanlon from his home in Memphis for an in-depth and wide-ranging conversation about his trailblazing journey as …

018: Pro Football Historian Ken Crippen & the All-America Football Conference

July 10th, 2017


Pro Football Researchers’ Association president Ken Crippen (The Original Buffalo Bills: A History of the All-America Football Conference Team; The All-America Football Conference: Players, Coaches, Records, Games & …

017: Abe Saperstein & the American Basketball League with Author Murry Nelson

July 3rd, 2017


Penn State University professor emeritus Murry Nelson (Abe Saperstein and the American Basketball League, 1960–1963: The Upstarts Who Shot for Three and Lost to the NBA) joins Tim Hanlon to discuss the oft-forgotten …

016: National Soccer Hall of Famer Rick Davis

June 26th, 2017


National Soccer Hall of Fame legend Rick Davis joins Tim Hanlon direct from his family-owned/operated Ellsworth Steak House in Ellsworth, KS for a revealing conversation about his pioneering career as one of America’s …

015: MISL Memories with Michael Menchel

June 19th, 2017


This week, Tim Hanlon buckles up for a wild ride through the tumultuous early years of the original Major Indoor Soccer League with sports PR veteran …

014: Radio Personality Terry Hanson’s Formative Years in NASL Soccer

June 12th, 2017


Syndicated morning radio personality Terry Hanson (The Big Show with John Boy & Billy) joins Tim Hanlon to discuss the formative years of his renaissance career in sports and media, across three of the original …

013: Author Bill Young & the Baseball Legacy of J.L. Wilkinson's Kansas City Monarchs

June 5th, 2017


Religious studies professor-turned-baseball-historian Bill Young (J.L Wilkinson & the Kansas City Monarchs: Trailblazers in Black Baseball) joins Tim Hanlon to discuss the life and legacy of one of baseball’s most …

012: Author Jim Sulecki & the NFL’s Cleveland Rams

May 22nd, 2017


Author and Cleveland native Jim Sulecki (The Cleveland Rams: The NFL Champs Who Left Too Soon) joins Tim Hanlon to discuss his Pro Football …

011: The USFL’s Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars with Publicist Bob Moore

May 15th, 2017


Long-time Kansas City Chiefs public relations director Bob Moore joins Tim Hanlon to recount his pre-NFL baptism-by-fire tenure as communications …

010: The American Soccer Sojourn of Clyde Best

May 8th, 2017


Perennial NASL and MISL soccer all-star Clyde Best (The Acid Test: The Autobiography of Clyde Best) joins Tim Hanlon from his native Bermuda to discuss his 1970s/80s soccer adventures in the United States, emanating …

009: Documentarian Mike Jacobs & the International Volleyball Association

May 1st, 2017


Award-winning ESPN 30 For 30 sports documentarian Mike Jacobs (The High Five; The Pittsburgh Drug Trials) joins Tim Hanlon to discuss his new film Bump & Spike, which recounts the curious tale of the 1970s …

008: Documentarian Dan Forer & the ABA’s Spirits of St. Louis

April 24th, 2017


Emmy Award-winning TV producer and ESPN 30 For 30 sports documentarian Dan Forer (Free Spirits; Mike and the Mad Dog) joins Tim Hanlon to discuss the curious two-year odyssey of the American Basketball Association’s …

007: “Krazy” George Henderson & The Art of Pro Sports Cheerleading

April 17th, 2017


America’s most famous professional sports cheerleader “Krazy” George Henderson (Still Krazy After All These Cheers) joins Tim Hanlon to discuss some of the wackiest adventures from his 40+ years of live performances – …

006: Columnist Paul Gardner & the Original North American Soccer League

April 10th, 2017


Legendary Soccer America columnist Paul Gardner (The Simplest Game: The Intelligent Fan's Guide to the World of Soccer; Soccer Talk: Paul Gardner on …

005: Bobby Moffat & and the 1970s NASL Dallas Tornado

April 3rd, 2017


Former Dallas Tornado defensive stalwart Bobby Moffat (The Basic Soccer Guide) joins Tim Hanlon to reminisce about life in the 1970s North American Soccer League, and how his commitment to nurturing the game’s grass …

004: Author Matthew Algeo & the NFL’s 1943 “Steagles”

March 27th, 2017


Author Matthew Algeo (Last Team Standing: How the Steelers and the Eagles – "The Steagles" – Saved Pro Football During World War II) joins Tim Hanlon all the way from Maputo, Mozambique to discuss the marriage of …

003: Author Michael MacCambridge on Lamar Hunt & the American Football League

March 20th, 2017


Sports author/historian Michael MacCambridge (America’s Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation; Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports) joins Tim Hanlon to discuss the legacy of Lamar Hunt – the most unlikely …

002: Sports Executive Andy Crossley & the WPS Boston Breakers

March 13th, 2017


Fellow defunct pro sports enthusiast (Fun While It Lasted) and former Boston Breakers General Manager, Andy Crossley, joins Tim Hanlon to discuss his …

001: Documentarian Mark Greczmiel & the NHL’s California Golden Seals

March 6th, 2017


TV producer Mark Greczmiel (E! True Hollywood Story) joins Tim Hanlon to discuss his labor-of-love documentary The California Golden Seals Story, and …

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