Vintage Baseball Radio Interviews

1994 — Local kid Foster achieves dream by making Cubs rotation

Local kid Foster achieves dream by making Cubs rotation: Kevin Foster - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features 1994 interview with Kevin Foster

Evanston’s Kevin Foster showed flashes of excellence, but not a lot of consistency, during parts of five Cubs seasons (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Cubs).

By on January 12, 2017

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition features a 1994 interview with Kevin Foster, one of the few Evanston natives to make the majors. Foster had just been called up to the Cubs, for whom he pitched in the starting rotation for all or parts of five seasons. With his proud parents chiming in on another phone connection, Foster talked about his aspirations. He would become a little better than a .500 pitcher, prone to the home-run ball, through 1998. Foster died too young, of renal cancer, at 39 in 2008. He was one of three members of the 1997 Cubs rotation to die at young ages. Frank Castillo and Jeremi Gonzalez died via a drowning accident and lightning strike, respectively.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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1998 — Bart Johnson recalls Sox days with Goose, Forster

Bart Johnson recalls Sox days with Goose, Forster - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features with Bart Johnson, hard-throwers the White Sox produced.

Bart Johnson would have been so much better at old Comiskey Park if he had stayed healthy (Photo courtesy of the Chicago White Sox).

By on January 11, 2017

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition features a 1998 interview with Bart Johnson, one of a trio of home-grown hard-throwers the White Sox produced at the dawn of the 1970s. Bart, nicknamed “Mr. Smoke,” recalls the start of his career and that of Hall of Famer Goose Gossage and lefty Terry Forster. Johnson went on to a three-decade-long run as a scout, thanks to support from Sox GM Roland Hemond.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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2005 — Torborg relives Koufax perfect game he caught

2005 -- Torborg relives Koufax perfect game he caught - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features 2005 interview with Jeff Torborg

Jeff Torborg in a more prominent role as White Sox manager in 1990. However, Torborg never experienced a more spectacular single event than, at 24, catching Sandy Koufax’s perfect game 25 years previously (Photo courtesy of Chicago White Sox).

By on January 10, 2017

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition features a 2005 interview with Jeff Torborg for the 40th-anniversary “Diamond Gems” retrospective of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965 in Los Angeles. Torborg was a young backup catcher who drew the start on that Thursday night, and fortunately was on the receiving end of history. The future Sox manager (1989-92) goes through Koufax’s mindset and the mounting drama as the perfect innings drew to a climax.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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1995 — Vin Scully recalls his own ‘clock’ calling no-hitters

Vin Scully recalls his own 'clock' calling no-hitters - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features 1995 conversation at Wrigley Field with Vin Scully

Vin Scully sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at spring training in 2008. Photo credit Craigfnp at en.wikipedia.

By on January 9, 2017

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition features a 1995 conversation at Wrigley Field with Hall of Fame broadcasters’ wing member Vin Scully. Regarded by many as the finest play-by-play announcer in history, the Dodgers’ Scully continues his own amazing feat, working in his 64th season since starting as Red Barber’s junior sidekick in Brooklyn. He explains how he developed the style of calling out the time and date during no-hitters, a description most pronounced in the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax’s Sept. 9, 1965 perfect game against the Cubs.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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2002 — Bob Uecker remembers his show-biz start, in the Cardinals’ bullpen

Bob Uecker remembers his show-biz start, in the Cardinals' bullpen - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features conversation with Bob Uecker.

“Mr. Baseball” honed his humor during idle time in the Cardinals bullpen circa 1964. Image credit John (Guano).

By on January 8, 2017

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition features a 2002 conversation with Hall of Fame broadcasters’ wing member Bob Uecker. In addition to his colorful play-by-play for the Milwaukee Brewers, Bob is one of the great funnyman in and out of the game, as exemplified by his many appearances with Johnny Carson on the “Tonight Show” a quarter-century ago. “Ueck” explains how he sharpened his humor whiling away the hours as backup catcher in the Cardinals bullpen, where he would do impressions of then-St. Louis radio voice Harry Caray.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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1998 — Bench recalls how Cubs had great shot at him in 1965 draft

Bench recalls how Cubs had great shot at him in 1965 draft : Jhonny Bench - 1998 interview of Hall of Famer Johnny Bench at Wrigley Field.

Johnny Bench had his big day at the plate in high school one day too late for the Cubs’ cross-checker. Photo credit Rafael Amado Deras.

By on January 7, 2017

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition features a 1998 interview of Hall of Famer Johnny Bench at Wrigley Field. Bench confirmed a story by longtime Cubs scout Bill Capps that the team knew all about him in high school in Binger, Okla. Capps recommended the Cubs pick Bench in the first-ever amateur draft in 1965. However, Bench had his best game when Capps’ boss decided to leave town and move on to the next prospect. The Cubs eventually passed over Bench twice in the first two rounds to pick pitcher Rick James and eventual backup catcher Ken Rudolph.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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2004 — Lee Arthur Smith put himself to sleep, then hitters

Lee Arthur Smith put himself to sleep, then hitters - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features 2004 interview with all-time closer Lee Arthur Smith.

Lee Smith in his Cubs prime in 1985. Photo credit Terren Peterson.

By on January 6, 2017

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition features a 2004 interview with all-time closer Lee Arthur Smith. Among the other subjects covered as Smitty talked about the art of working the ninth (and the eighth back in the 1980s) was his proclivity for a quick nap in the trainer’s room in mid-game. As long as he was awake and refreshed when summoned, managers did not care. The Chicago Baseball Museum heartily endorses Smitty’s candidacy for the Hall of Fame after 478 career saves, including 180 with the Cubs at the start of his career.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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2007 — Nancy Faust recalls start of ‘Na, na, hey, hey, good-bye’ organ serenade

Nancy Faust recalls start of 'Na, na, hey, hey, good-bye' organ serenade -This CBM vintage baseball podcast features interview organist Nancy Faust.

Nancy Faust at the U.S. Cellular Field organ in her final month playing in Sept. 2010.

By on January 5, 2017

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition features a 2007 interview with all-time White Sox organist Nancy Faust, on the 30th anniversary of her inauguration of “Na, Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Hey, Good-bye” as a kind of team anthem when opposing teams pulled their pitchers. Faust began playing the 1969 Steam one-hit wonder during a July 29-31, 1977 showdown series with the Kansas City Royals at old Comiskey Park.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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2007 — ‘Sweet Lou’ paints a self-portrait as wannabe low-key fella

By on January 4, 2017

'Sweet Lou' paints a self-portrait as wannabe low-key fella -This CBM vintage baseball podcast features interview with Lou Piniella aired in late July 2007.

'Sweet Lou' paints a self-portrait as wannabe low-key fella -This CBM vintage baseball podcast features interview with Lou Piniella aired in late July 2007.

Lou Piniella cut a colorful path with both body English and verbiage as Cubs manager (left). Much of what he applied in the dugout he learned while playing for the Yankees (right), several times for mentor Billy Martin. Photo credits Jauerback & Phil5329.

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition, culled from a long-form interview with then-Cubs manager Lou Piniella aired in late July 2007, looks at Piniella’s view of himself as a colorful baseball character. Piniella admitted he had a “red-ass” reputation, but preferred to stay out of the limelight — which proved impossible during his tumultuous Cubs tenure.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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Chicago’s Mottlow one of last re-creators of baseball games via Western Union ticker

Chicago's Mottlow one of last re-creators of baseball games via Western Union ticker -This CBM vintage baseball podcast features Red Mottlow.

Red Mottlow at his typewriter, not long before his death in 2003.

By on January 3, 2017

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition has the late 1990s recollection of longtime Chicago sportscaster Red Mottlow about the art of re-creating baseball games in the radio studio via the codes transmitted by Western Union ticker. Announcers would add sound effects and pauses for effect to their play-by-play from the ticker accounts of faraway games.

Mottlow, the first Chicago sportscaster to take a microphone into the city’s locker rooms for interviews in the 1960s, re-created such games in Minneapolis in the 1950s. He also re-created a Braves-Reds game in Cincinnati for WGN-Radio on Sept. 6, 1959, the tape of which the Chicago Baseball Museum hopes to air on this site in the future. Mottlow passed away at age 77 in May 2003.

One of the corps of re-creators in radio’s prime was future President Ronald Reagan with Cubs broadcasts on WHO-Radio in Des Moines in the mid-1930s.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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