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This episode we start with part one of our two part interview with Shane Draper of Grilla Grills.  A fantastic product with a unique design.  He tells us how he got started in the business and what it has become today.Also, listener email, a baseball rant and a Mariano Rivera story.  All this on this episode of Baseball and BBQCall the show at 516-855-8214Email - baseballandbbq@gmail.comComment on our Facebook pageCheck out the website - www.baseballandbbq.weebly.com 
In this roundtable episode, Gary Mack and Barry Newman join Len and Jeff to discuss the Baseball Hall of Fame candidates and some of our favorite BBQ foods.  A fun time was had by all and you will enjoy it too, even if you disagree with our views. Call the show - 516-855-8214 and leave a voice mail tweet us - @baseball_bbqFacebook - Baseball and BBQ (leave a comment)Website - www.baseballandbbq.weebly.comemail - baseballandbbq@gmail.com 
Len and Jeff go on the road. First to the burial site of Hall of Famer, John Montgomery Ward and while there discover another ballplayer, Arlie Latham.  Then go barbecue shopping, looking at pellet and gas grills and also check out the Big Green Egg.  Then get into a discussion of a Hall of Fame year in an Ordinary career.Call the show - 516-855-8214Email - baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter - @baseball_bbqLeave a comment on our Facebook pageWebsite - www.baseballandbbq.weebly.com
Its our one year anniversary special.  We discuss the Hall of Fame vote, Barbecue products, a little known Hall of Famer and a baseball rant.  We also look back at our first year and what we accomplished as well as looking forward to what we want to do.  Call the show - 516-855-8214Email - baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter - @baseball_bbqFacebook - baseball and bbqWebsite - www.baseballandbbq.weebly.com
We are joined this episode by fellow Podcaster, Gary Mack (Mets Musings, The Baseball Radio Talk Show, Talking Golf with Gary) and authors, Gregg Prince & Brett Topel.  Hear our take on topics such as expansion of rosters, inter-league play, Hall of Fame, retired number and more.  Call the show - 516-855-8214Email - BaseballandBBQ@gmail.comTwitter - Baseball_BBQWebsite - baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook - leave a comment
Jim Campanis Jr., author of Born Into Baseball joins Len and Jeff for a talk on his life in Baseball. From his grandpa Al to his dad (both former players) and his life at USC and journey through the minor leagues.  Great Stories told.  A must listen for any baseball fan. High School BBQ Teams?  In Texas, its a reality.Check out the  new website - baseballlandbbq.weebly.comCall us at 516-855-8214Twitter - baseball_bbqEmail - baseballandbbq@gmail.com
Baseball and BBQ Episode #134 features author, John Rosengren and pitmasters, Chris Lilly, Grant Pinkerton, and John Wheeler John Rosengren is an award-winning journalist and author.  His latest book is Classic Baseball:  Timeless Tales, Immortal Moments.  His feature articles, profiles, and essays have appeared in more than 100 publications.  The following is taken from the "About John" section of his website,  https://www.johnrosengren.net/  "I once interviewed a woman shot in the head by hijackers and left for dead on the tarmac.  I raced my bike against Greg LeMond in South Africa (and beat him). I played a tennis match against the world’s top-ranked wheelchair tennis player (and lost). I channeled a 330-pound Samoan, a retired NFL nose tackle who is gay (Esera Tuaolo, for his memoir). I played softball on snowshoes in the summertime (wood chips spread across the infield). I rapped a base hit off former Twins pitcher Rick Aguilera.  I listened to a nurse tell me the story of prying a shotgun shell out of Ernest Hemingway’s hand when he was intent on killing himself. I profiled a woman who is a Roman Catholic priest. I attended a powwow with LGBTQ Native Americans. I interviewed a mortician in the room where she embalmed my father. I talked to a 15-year-old boy in his hospital room after he tried to stop a school shooter."  The preceding is why we went into this interview knowing we would never be able to discuss all of his accomplishments in one sitting, so the first thing we did was extend an invitation to have him back. Chris Lilly, Grant Pinkerton, and John Wheeler are three outstanding pitmasters who have spent years honing their craft and earning well-deserved reputations for being among the best.  We were fortunate to meet them at Pig Beach BBQ in Queens, NY during the Jeff Michner Foundation BBQ Benefit.  Each interview is relatively short, but comes with their assurances that they will join us again.  The conversations may have been brief, but we still gathered some barbecue tips as well as getting a small glimpse into each of their lives and enjoy their delightful personalities, which were on display all day for the many people who paid to be there and experience these pitmasters signature dishes. We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces and Magnechef https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq
Episode #133 features Chef, Reuben Harley aka Big Rube and New York Yankees Public Address Announcer, Paul Olden, and an Extra Special Rant from Co-host, Jeff Reuben Harley is known to everyone as Big Rube.  We invited him on to discuss the product he created, Diamond Dirt Rub which is perfect for your grilled foods and can be found at baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com/products/big-rubes-diamond-dirt-rub.  Big Rube's love of fashion and baseball helped turn a passion for throwback jerseys into the marketing plan that helped Mitchell & Ness cross over from a niche supplier of old jerseys to older men into a pop-culture phenomenon. Throughout his career, Big Rube has used cooking to fuel his passion, selling homemade cakes, operating a food truck, and cooking in pop-ups to satisfy hungry customers. Over many acts of a varied career, Big Rube has become an accomplished photographer, a fashion designer, and a sought-after chef.  We talk about so many things, including his mother being a seamstress for Muhammad Ali's wife, his grandfather driving Jackie Robinson, his 35-year friendship with Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff, and his decision not to appear in their music video as to not lose out on tip money, and the perfect Philly Cheesesteak which he makes and serves at Philadelphia's, Pitchers Pub.        Paul Olden has had an incredible and distinguished career in the world of sports, which has led him to his current position as public address announcer for the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  The journey has included working as a radio and television play-by-play announcer for the Yankees, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, California Angels, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Eagles, UCLA Bruins, Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets, New Jersey Nets, and ESPN as well as serving as a sports update guy for WFAN radio.  Paul is another of our guests who have been a target of an infamous profanity-laden rant from the late, Los Angeles Dodgers manager, Tommy Lasorda.  From 1994 to 2005, Paul worked as the Super Bowl public address announcer.  We discuss all of this and so much more as Paul leads us through his wonderful life and career. Between the two interviews, Jeff has a rant you will not want to miss. We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces and Magnechef https://magnechef.com/ for excellent and unique barbecue gloves. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq
Episode #132 features New York Post columnist, Phil Mushnick and Magnechef founder, Alfredo Infante with his son, AJ Phil Mushnick is a newspaper sports columnist for the New York Post.  He writes it like he sees or hears it, and he is unafraid to speak his mind.  We have been long-time readers and on many occasions have purchased the newspaper exclusively for his column.  Surprisingly, he is the first guest to put our names together and ask us if we knew of a baseball player named, Jeffrey (Jeff) Leonard (Jeff Leonard played 14 seasons in the Major Leagues.)   We should probably call this episode fun with Phil.  We talk about the game of baseball and the various streaming services you have to pay for in order to watch all the games.  Doug Adler, Mike Francesa, John Sterling, pet peeves, instant replay, and the state of the media today; are just some things on which Phil offers his opinions.  Phil is candid, entertaining, and very funny.  This is an episode where complaining never sounded so good.  Alfredo Infante and his son AJ join us to talk about Magnechef for which Alfredo is the founder, and baseball.  The Magnechef product receiving the well-deserved bulk of the attention is their award-winning heat-resistant barbecue gloves.  The gloves come in a wide variety of colors and are extremely versatile.  Before we get to our discussion with Alfredo we speak to AJ who is eight years old and loves playing baseball (he likes hitting better than pitching and is a fast runner), and well as discussing his favorite team, the Miami Marlins. When Alfredo is not tending to Magnechef business, he is working as a firefighter in Miami, Florida.  Anyone who participates in live-fire cooking knows the importance of protecting their hands, and these gloves will become an essential part of your cooking equipment.  At the Magnechef website, https://magnechef.com/ you will find the gloves, a few additional products, and testimonials from actual Magnechef  glove users.  Alfredo talks about his experience on the Home Shopping Network, and we discuss the possibility that Magnechef will one day become a brand synonymous with BBQ.                      We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Ace and Bobo" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq
Baseball and BBQ Episode #131 features part 2 with Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Erica Blaire, Winner of BBQ Brawl, Season 2. Bob Kendrick is president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, https://nlbm.com/ and was our very first podcast guest.  We are so glad to have this incredible storyteller back.  Part two includes lots of information and stories about Negro League players who were great, but may not be as well known.  We talk about two-way players and how the Negro Leagues had a few who were absolutely amazing.  Bob shares his thoughts and feelings on his friend, Buck O'Neil who has received the long-overdue honor of being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as other players who finally received their due and those should get in but have not.  Just when you think we are ending the conversation, we get started on the very successful "tipping your cap" idea, which went viral.  Part two also features additional talk about Bob's incredible podcast, Black Diamonds, and what listeners have to look forward to. Erica Blaire is a lawyer, sommelier, pitmaster, and the season two winner of BBQ Brawl on the Food Network.  In part two, we learn how Erica defeated pitmasters with many more years of experience.  We discuss her specialty dish, Lomo al Trapo which translates to Beef in a Towel; the cooking process burns the towel, but what emerges from the its ashes is a delicious hunk of meat.  She speaks about winning a Preserve the Pit fellowship from Kingsford Charcoal.  We speak to Erica about the barbecue community and how everyone supports each other.  There is behind-the-scenes information on BBQ Brawl and what it was like to receive guidance from Bobby Flay as well as the other show mentors and judges.  Erica tells about the experience of filming a show during the pandemic, the competition, and how she became the Master of 'Cue.  At one point in the discussion, Erica jokes about growing up and needing to cook with whatever is in the fridge, even if it is Spam, Lucky Charms, and mustard.  After speaking with Erica, we are convinced the resultant dish would be delicious.          Jeff shares a rant in between the two interviews, but Leonard cannot stop himself from chiming in and ranting along. We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq
Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Erica Blaire, Winner of BBQ Brawl, Season 2 join us on episode 130. Bob Kendrick is president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, https://nlbm.com/ and was our first podcast guest.  We are so glad to have this remarkable storyteller back for a third visit.  With so much to discuss we divided our conversation into two parts.  In part one, we discuss April 15, 1947, the date that Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  We also talk about the greatness of Hank Aaron and the hellacious treatment, including numerous death threats, Aaron was forced to endure as he was close to breaking the famous career home runs record of 714 set 33 years prior by Babe Ruth.  Aaron breaking the record was an incredible accomplishment, but it could have turned into a tragedy, and Bob explains it all.  We also speak about Bob's amazing podcast, Black Diamonds, and what is coming up in the new season. Erica Blaire is a lawyer, sommelier, pitmaster, and the season two winner of BBQ Brawl on the Food Network.  This is another extremely entertaining interview we divided into two parts.  We have the feeling there is very little Erica cannot do when she makes the decision to try.  She tells us her origin story, which includes trying to help her father with an item on his post-retirement bucket list and this  leads to a barbecue class with famed pitmaster, Harry Soo.  Erica appears to do nothing half-assed.  With her, it is 100% or nothing at all.  She was a very good lawyer, a wonderful sommelier, and a great pitmaster; talented enough to beat some very experienced and talented competition in BBQ Brawl, season two, and become the Master of 'Cue.  Being fearless bodes her well, as she uses her boundless energy and spirit to tackle the numerous tasks she hopes to accomplish.  She talks about all of this, including a lot of her BBQ Brawl experience. We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you: Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq
Episode 129 is overflowing with guests as we are joined by Michael Massiglia known as Messy Mike, owner of Messy Mike's Barbecue & Catering, Shane McBride, and Matt Abdoo from Pig Beach BBQ talking about an important fundraiser,  and David Krell, noted baseball author. Michael Massiglia aka Messy Mike was an electrician for many years and, by his own admission, he was an ok one, but not great and certainly not happy in his chosen career field.  The story Messy Mike tells of how barbecue became his passion and lead him to his new career as the owner of a food truck/catering company called Messy Mike's Barbecue & Catering will make you question whether you heard things correctly.  It amazed and intrigued us as well, and yes you heard him right.  He did take his wedding money and purchased a very expensive smoker without having any idea what he was doing.  From there the story gets crazier.  His food truck is located at 161 Rockingham Road, Derry, NH, and is open from Thursday to Sunday during the hours of 11:00 am to 3:00 pm or until they are sold out.  Tell Messy Mike the folks at Baseball and BBQ sent you. Shane McBride and Matt Abdoo from Pig Beach BBQ are part of the wonderfully generous barbecue community.  They join us to discuss the Jeff Michner BBQ Benefit taking place at Pig Beach,  35 - 37 36th Street, Queens, NY 11106 on Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Jeff Michner suddenly passed away in the spring of 2018 at the age of 36, leaving behind his wife Sara, and his 16-month-old daughter Hayes. A foundation was created in Jeff's honor to keep his memory alive. The organization embraces the things he loved best: family, friends, and great food. The Jeff Michner Foundation creates scholarships for culinary students, supporting families managing loss and grief.  The Jeff Michner BBQ Benefit celebrates Jeff with an epic barbecue featuring some of the country's greatest pitmasters.  This event will be a dine-around, where each participating Pitmaster will prepare a tasting portion of their dish for the guest to sample.  Go to https://www.pigbeachnyc.com for more information, and we hope to see you there. David Krell is an author and baseball historian.  His latest work is 1962:  Baseball and America in the Time of JFK.  It is a fascinating look at a year when two new baseball franchises, the New York Mets and the Houston Colt .45s had their first seasons and NASA was launching men into space.  It was an extraordinary year in baseball, culture, and politics.  According to David, the book originally began with the idea of exploring the two new baseball teams, and it morphed into an amazing look at history which included baseball, but also encompassed so much more.  David did an extreme amount of research to give us a feel for what life in America was like in 1962.  As we like to say, he did the "heavy lifting" which benefits us immensely and we are grateful he did.  David made us feel as if we had taken a time machine back to 1962 as we enjoyed every month of the year from cover to cover. We recommend you go to baseballbbq.com https://baseballbbq.com for special grilling tools and accessories, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq
Sandy Alderson, New York Mets team president and Ray Sheehan, BBQ Buddha founder and cookbook author are exceptional and because of them, episode 128 is a Baseball and BBQ show you will not soon forget. Sandy Alderson is the New York Mets team president and previously served as the New York Mets general manager, putting together the team that played in the 2015 World Series.  Prior to that he enjoyed successful tenures as general manager for the Oakland Athletics and the chief executive officer for the San Diego Padres.  After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1969, Sandy joined the United States Marine Corps and served a tour of duty in Vietnam.  When his military service ended he attended Harvard Law School, became a lawyer, joined a law firm, and not more than five years later he followed one of the law firm's partners to the Oakland Athletics front office.  Sandy talks about what makes a good general manager,  being in the 1989 World Series when a powerful earthquake struck, and winning with a "small market" team.  Sandy also discusses what makes a good manager and baseball as it has changed during his time in the game.  After listening to Sandy you will have a much better appreciation for what it takes to run a Major League Baseball franchise and the special care which he gives to the many tasks he must handle.  Being curious drives Sandy and he says it has played a major part in his career, a career that has been absolutely incredible.         Ray Sheehan is the founder of BBQ Buddha, a multi-award winning, all natural barbecue sauce and spice blend company.  Ray is also the award-winning cookbook author of Award-Winning BBQ Sauces and How to Use Them:  The Secret Ingredient to Next-Level Smoking  and his newest book is Big Green Egg Basics from a Master Barbecuer.  We first met Ray in 2019 at the Atlantic City BBQ Expo and since then he has made numerous Baseball and BBQ show appearances.   Ray loves barbecue and has an immense wealth of knowledge which he is willing to share with anyone willing to listen.  In addition to running a sauce company and writing cookbooks, he is also a monthly contributor to Barbecue News Magazine.  Ray discusses his cooking experience, how he comes up with the wonderful recipes, and many of the things you never knew went into putting together a cookbook.  More about Ray and purchasing his wonderful sauces, rubs, and books can be found at https://bbqbuddha.com/ With baseball opening day comes tons of predictions and Jeff calls himself a very good guesser as he offers his picks for the season. We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.     Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq
Baseball and BBQ Episode #127 features former MLB pitcher, Steve Trachsel and special guest co-host/champion pitmaster, Doug Scheiding.  Trachsel enjoys talking baseball, but he seems to really love talking about barbecue and wine.  Great baseball and barbecue talk are found here. Steve Trachsel was a Major League pitcher for 16 years.  Known primarily for his time with the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets, he also played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Baltimore Orioles.  His baseball journey includes being a once-proud member of the Long Beach State Dirtbags and playing in the College World Series.  Steve hit three career home runs and his first was hit off of Curt Schilling.  He possessed an incredible ability to remain on the field and give his teams well-pitched innings, usually throwing more than 200 per year.  His bobblehead is rare, and it is one of the most sought after at the New York Mets Fantasy Camp.  16 years in the Major Leagues are bound to produce some memorable moments and excellent stories, and Steve has tons of them, including giving up Mark McGwire's record-breaking 62nd home run in 1998 and his feelings on Sammy Sosa and his other teammates reactions.  Steve was once nicknamed the "Human Rain Delay" and he discusses how it bothered him at first, but later embraced it and now uses it to his advantage.  Even how he chose his uniform number is a good story.  A lover of barbecue and wine (he even has a wonderful story about visiting Tom Seaver's California Vineyard), Steve is thrilled to talk with Doug and pepper him with lots of really good barbecue talk and some very good questions.         We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq
Episode 126 features Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich, former All American Girls Professional Baseball League players who inspired the movie, A League of Their Own and Amy Mills, known as the heiress of barbecue Maybelle Blair and Shirley Burkovich are women who loved playing baseball, were great at it, and were excited to have the opportunity to make money doing it.  If you are a fan of the movie, A League of Their Own which reintroduced America to the real-life All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) then you will enjoy listening to their wonderful stories.  Ask Maybelle how she is and she will say, "Pretty good for this old gal, and it is a good day when you wake up on this side of the grass."  Shirley played for three AAGPBL teams from 1949-1951, one of which is the famous Rockford Peaches.  Maybelle served as inspiration for the character, Mae Mordabito aka All the Way Mae played in the film by Madonna.  Ask Maybelle how much Madonna's character resembled her, and she will say not that much, but then Shirley pipes in affirming that the characterization fit Maybelle extremely well.  It is that back and forth good-natured ribbing that is so enjoyable and makes one appreciate the special bond they share.  At 95 and 89 years of age, they are not even close to letting up from achieving their dream of raising money for a women's baseball museum to be built in Rockford, Illinois.  Go to https://www.internationalwomensbaseballcenter.org/donate/ to make a donation or to learn more.  Amy Mills is known as a barbecue heiress as she is the daughter of champion pitmaster and Barbecue Hall of Fame inductee, Mike Mills, who was affectionately known as "The Legend."  Getting to everything was impossible, but we tried to at least scratch the surface with a conversation that included stories on the books she co-authored with her dad, including James Beard Foundation award-nominated and National Barbecue Association Award of Excellence winner, Peace, Love, and Barbecue and the book, Praise the Lard.  We talked about her incredible presentation at The Welcome Conference, which is labeled on YouTube as Amy Mills-Recognizing Right.  Amy explained the three principles which apply to her business, which include the two 17th Street Barbecue restaurants and Oncue Consulting:  (1) Generosity is a recipe for success.  (2) Barbecue is a culture, not a concept.  (3) Home is the most excellent place of all.  Amy did not always want to be in the family business, but she came back, is happy she did and credits a yellow post-it note for the push.  There is even a story involving George Wendt who played Norm on the TV show Cheers. We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com for unique baseball-themed grilling tools and accessories, the  Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq
Baseball and BBQ Episode #125 features a rare triple play as we speak with former Major League Baseball player, Nelson Figueroa, Barbecue Hall of Fame inductee, David Knight, and Los Angeles Angels spring training correspondent, Gary Looney Nelson Figueroa loves baseball, a fact that cannot be denied.  Drafted 833rd overall by the New York Mets in the 30th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball draft, the man affectionately known as Figgy spent the next 19 years playing in the Major Leagues as well as other leagues all over the world, not just for the money, but because he loved playing ball.  in 2015, shortly after hanging up his spikes for good, he began his second career phase as the pre and post-game analyst for the New York Mets broadcasts on SNY.  All of this is discussed on the show, but we will have to have him back on as a few days after we spoke he began career phase three as the new pitching coach for the Staten Island FerryHawks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. David Knight was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2016 in the business/industry category.  He is the President and founder of Ole Hickory Pits, a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential barbecue smoker ovens sold worldwide.  David is one of those rare individuals who knew from a very early age what he wanted to do for a career.  He started with a restaurant and later began manufacturing and selling his own pits.  You can learn more about Ole Hickory Pits at https://www.olehickorypits.com/   David has touched the lives of so many people, but is really so humble and respectful of the the numerous individuals who love live fire cooking and admire his role in BBQ.            Gary Looney makes his long awaited return.  Jeff first met Gary in 2020 at the Los Angeles Angels spring training camp complex in Arizona and a friendship quickly developed.  Gary appeared with us on episodes 56 and 87.  He once again offers great insight on a lockout delayed spring training and offers his thoughts on what to expect this season.  Having him on has become an annual tradition and his baseball knowledge is a great addition to any episode.            We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning sauces. We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" by the musician, Dave Dresser, and the poet, Shel Krakofsky. We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe. If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.   Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.com Facebook:  baseball and bbq
Jeff Mangold, strength and conditioning coach for the 1998-2000 World Series Champion, New York Yankees and Rusty Monson, Utah's Salt City Barbecue pitmaster and podcast host make episode #124 an outstanding show.   Jeff Mangold served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the New York Yankees from 1984-1988 and from 1998-2006.  During his tenure, the Bronx Bombers won nine straight American League East Titles, appeared in five World Series, and won three World Series Championships in 1998, 1999, and 2000.  Jeff also worked for the New York Mets from 1993 to 1996 and designed the strength and conditioning facilities at both Yankee and Shea stadiums.  Jeff is the author of Power and Pinstripes:  My Years Training the New York Yankees.  The book is filled with incredible stories from both of his times with the NY Yankees, which includes interactions with George Steinbrenner, Yogi Berra, Billy Martin, and Lou Piniella.  Jeff worked with the Core Four of the World Series Champions, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera.  Jeff shares many of those stories and also talks about how he ended up with a piece of baseball history which he sold for a pretty hefty sum.  Enjoy the interview and purchase the book.Rusty Monson has loved live fire cooking since he was a young child.  He has turned his passion for barbecue into his career and now is the proud owner of Utah's Salt City Barbecue food truck.  Besides competing in competition barbecue and running the food truck, Rusty can also talk quite eloquently on barbecue.  He shares his knowledge and interest in barbecue as a monthly embedded correspondent on The BBQ Central Show with host Greg Rempe.  In addition to his monthly correspondent duties, Rusty is a co-host along with Anthony Lujan on The Pitmaster's Podcast.  It may surprise you to hear what his top-selling food truck item is, but what is not surprising is how much you will enjoy all that Rusty has to offer on life and cooking.         We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award winning sauces.We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq
Baseball and BBQ Episode #123 features barbecue savant, Derrick Riches, guest co-host, Doug Scheiding, and The Metsian Podcast's, Mike Lecolant and Sam Maxwell.  Derrick Riches started writing about barbecue, on-line, more than 25 years ago.  He has reviewed tons of products, written hundreds of recipes, judged barbecue competitions, and has traveled the world exploring all aspects of grilled and smoked food.  Writer of several cookbooks, his latest is The Complete Guide to Smoking Meat:  100 Smokin' Good Recipes for BBQ and More.  Derrick's appearance is exactly what a podcast which is half dedicated to barbecue needs.  For more on Derrick go to https://www.derrickriches.comMike Lecolant and Sam Maxwell are Brooklyn, New York residents and proud New York Mets fans.  They offered their unique perspective on Gil Hodges and his Baseball Hall of Fame candidacy in episode 106.  When that portion of the interview was over we kept recording and learned more about their entertaining, The Metsian Podcast on which they appear with their other cohost, Rich Sparago.   The podcast can be found here, https://www.blogtalkradio.com/themetsianpodcastwsamrichandmike We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning saucesWe conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel KrakofskyWe truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214 Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 
Episode #122 features Mitch Benjamin, pitmaster, restaurateur, and cookbook author and Brett Mandel from the company, Baseball BBQ with a big announcement.  We refer to them as "perfect guests" as they talk about baseball and barbecue.    Mitch Benjamin got his dream job after college, working for the TaylorMade golf company in Kansas City, where he met Baseball Hall of Famer, George Brett while also discovering his love of barbecue and honing his outstanding pitmaster skills.  There are numerous stories along the way, but eventually all of this lead to Mitch becoming known as Meat Mitch, and that is just the beginning.  In addition to his barbecue competition wins, Mitch has wonderful stories to tell of the time he had his food, specifically ribs, devoured by former MLB player, John Kruk as well as cooking for Derek Jeter's retirement celebration.  He recently opened the restaurant, Meat Mitch BBQ and has an outstanding selection of Meat Mitch products, including rubs and sauces at https://meatmitch.com/  In addition to all of that, Mitch somehow found the time to write the cookbook, BBQ Revolution:  Innovative Barbecue Recipes from an All-Star Pitmaster with the foreword written by his good friend George Brett who refers to him as Mitchie.                Brett Mandel from the company, Baseball BBQ, https://baseballbbq.com/ is back to tell us about new merchandise and additional exciting big news that customers will love as they can now do even more with personalizing their grilling tools.  This is a fantastic company which we constantly rave about and continues growing and amassing amazing reviews.  They share our love for baseball and barbecue and are extremely supportive of the show.  Visit their website and purchase their products, which will surely become the center of attention at your next barbecue.            We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and BBQ Buddha, https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award-winning saucesWe conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https//baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq 
Baseball and BBQ #Episode 121 features former Major League Baseball catcher, Josh Thole and pitmaster, Matt Dallman from Live Coals Barbeque   Josh Thole is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays.  He has a special place in the heart of Mets fans as he was behind the dish for the first and, up to this point, only no-hitter in the 59-year franchise's history.  Josh has a great sense of humor and wonderful stories to share, one of which involves a garage full of people waiting for him to be selected in the MLB Draft.  Catching a knuckleball pitcher is one of the hardest things for a catcher, and Josh did it quite well as he became knuckleballer, R. A. Dickey's favorite receiver.  In 2012 Josh was part of the trade, along with Dickey and a few others that brought catcher, Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard aka Thor from the Blue Jays to the Mets.  We finished recording and Josh brings up his love of barbeque, which, along with being a great guest, gives us yet another reason to have him back.                Matt Dallman is a Texas transplant by way of Kansas City, MO who has made an indelible mark on the region's fanatical barbecue community.  In 2015 this self-taught pitmaster opened the BBQ restaurant, 18th & Vine in Dallas, Texas.  Since then, he has sold his interest in the restaurant and in the Summer of 2018 he started the catering operation, Live Coals Barbeque.  Matt has many stories and cooking tips.  We could not pass up the opportunity to talk some baseball once we learned of his Kansas City Royals fandom.  Matt is another guest we would like to come back, but rather than wait for his next appearance, if you want to learn more, go to https://thelivecoals.com/     We recommend you go to Fifth & Cherry, https://fifthandcherry.com for wonderful cutting boards, http://www.baseballbbq.com for grill tools and clothing for barbecue and baseball fans, the Pandemic Baseball Book Club, https://www.pbbclub.com  to find many of the wonderful books we have featured as well as some additional swag, and https://bbqbuddha.com/ for rubs and award winning sauces.We conclude the show with the song, "Baseball Always Brings You Home" from the musician, Dave Dresser and the poet, Shel Krakofsky.We truly appreciate our listeners and hope that all of you are staying safe.If you would like to contact the show, we would love to hear from you.Call the show:  (516) 855-8214Email:  baseballandbbq@gmail.comTwitter:  @baseballandbbqInstagram:  baseballandbarbecueYouTube:  baseball and bbqWebsite:  https://baseballandbbq.weebly.comFacebook:  baseball and bbq
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