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Good Seats Still Available

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

November 22nd, 2021

1:13:29

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

1:13:25

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

5:11

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

1:36:19

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

1:18:41

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

1:27:31

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

1:41:24

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

1:08:14

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

1:58:38

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

1:39:47

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

1:48:50

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

1:38:52

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

1:43:54

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

1:26:41

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

2:27:23

[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

1:54:35

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

2:00:35

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

1:35:04

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

1:41:40
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

1:34:05

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

FrontRowSoccer.com'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

1:36:18

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

1:32:21

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

1:26:22

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

1:37:43

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

1:34:44

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

1:31:45

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

1:45:29

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

1:31:36

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

1:28:54

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

1:26:25

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

1:37:43
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

1:28:46

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

2:11:56

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

1:16:04

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

1:28:24

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

1:34:42

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

1:37:26
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

1:44:01

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

2:34:09

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

1:32:43

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

1:16:09

[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

2:11:52

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

2:19:49

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

1:31:46

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

1:35:52
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

1:35:37

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

1:41:50

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

1:35:31
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

1:40:51

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

1:37:09

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

1:17:20

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

1:32:44

Logo archivist Chris Creamer (SportsLogos.net) 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

1:34:36

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

1:23:01

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

56:51

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

1:42:29

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

1:22:26

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

42:34

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

48:18

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

1:14:13

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

1:50:48

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

1:36:22

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

1:46:44

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

1:30:01

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

1:22:30

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

1:26:47

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

1:35:02

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

1:27:00

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

1:26:58

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

1:26:04

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

1:30:40

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

ESPN.com 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

1:22:04

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

1:59:29

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

1:50:06

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

1:22:20

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

1:17:37

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

1:14:15

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

1:14:59

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

1:06:59

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

1:22:15

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

1:18:10

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

1:18:24

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

1:10:32

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

1:15:48

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

1:52:13

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

1:50:21

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

1:37:34

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

1:16:09

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

1:23:02

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

1:00:44

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

1:53:02

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

1:21:43

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

1:23:32

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

1:24:02

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

1:35:56

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

1:35:58

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

1:42:54

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

2:00:04

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

1:24:52

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

1:40:46

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

1:35:56

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

1:18:18

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

1:11:37

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

1:22:16

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

1:26:19

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

55:48

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

1:44:51

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

1:40:20

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

1:21:31

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

1:22:55

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

1:23:48

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

1:22:52

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

1:36:21

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

1:40:30

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

1:32:15

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

118: The Continental Basketball Association – With David Levine

June 24th, 2019

1:36:36

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

1:23:24

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

1:17:21

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

1:46:18

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

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

May 27th, 2019

1:22:08

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

1:20:05

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

1:33:29

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

1:34:24

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

1:49:06

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

1:25:33

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

1:47:50

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

1:40:39

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

1:37:36

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

1:43:51

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

1:00:44

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

1:24:31

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

1:26:06

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

1:29:20

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

1:45:07

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

1:42:14

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

1:14:49

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

1:39:33

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

1:34:20

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

1:27:48

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

1:14:58

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

1:26:54

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

1:32:51

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

1:52:54

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

1:17:48

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

1:26:41

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

1:39:13

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

1:36:43

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

1:31:06

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

1:39:32

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

1:36:42

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

1:20:51

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

1:18:24

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

1:38:32

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

1:24:02

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

1:45:05

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

1:35:04

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

1:19:53

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

1:28:36

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

1:20:08

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

1:34:26

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

1:20:32

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

2:10:21

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

1:30:38

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

1:58:04

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

1:27:25

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

1:35:10

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

1:29:19

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

3:06:37

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

1:22:40

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

1:54:15

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

1:02:21

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

2:05:25

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

1:33:43

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

1:23:16

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

1:10:51

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

1:37:37

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

1:31:34

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

1:16:44

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

1:23:27

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

1:25:43

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

2:01:57

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

2:13:16

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

1:47:03

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

2:18:48

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

1:21:34

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

1:21:34

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

1:25:46

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

1:33:58

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

1:40:43

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

1:10:01

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

1:35:29

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

1:10:23

 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

1:24:19

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

1:32:59

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

1:09:55

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

1:22:29

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

1:31:34

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

1:09:46

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

1:23:38

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

1:21:38

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

59:53

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

1:17:47

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

1:08:52

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

1:24:07

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

1:09:28

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

55:36

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

1:15:00

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

1:13:29

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

2:24:40

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

1:34:09

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

1:23:13

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

1:30:17

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

1:46:08

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

1:14:33

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

1:09:06

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

1:19:58

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

1:30:24

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

54:45

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

59:54

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

38:23

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

1:13:36

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

1:33:43

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

57:44

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

56:01

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

1:20:08

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

1:39:21

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

1:21:13

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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