Vintage Baseball Radio Interviews

1994 — Levy talks with his 1945 Cubs heroes Cavarretta, Pafko

Levy talks with his 1945 Cubs heroes Cavarretta, Pafko - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features interview with Marv Levy,Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pakfo.

Marv Levy (left) was re-united via radio with Andy Pakfo (center) and Phil Cavarretta (right), his Cubs heroes from the 1945 pennant-winning team.

Levy talks with his 1945 Cubs heroes Cavarretta, Pafko - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features interview with Marv Levy,Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pakfo.

Levy talks with his 1945 Cubs heroes Cavarretta, Pafko - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features interview with Marv Levy,Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pakfo.

By on January 2, 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.

In this edition, a July 16, 1994 interview with then-Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy, fresh from four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, is featured. Levy was linked up on the air with 1945 Cubs stars Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pakfo. Levy recalled being a “young serviceman” attending the ’45 World Series at Wrigley FIeld to watch Cavarretta and Pafko play against the Detroit Tigers.

“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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1994 — Broglio handles Brock trade disaster with good humor

Broglio handles Brock trade disaster with good humor - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features interview with ex-pitcher Ernie Broglio.

Ernie Broglio (background) has been a youth pitching instructor in recent decades, pictured here working with a special device that keeps the elbow elevated.

By on January 1, 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.

In this edition, a Dec. 17, 1994 interview with ex-pitcher Ernie Broglio is featured. Broglio came out on the short end of the infamous June 15, 1964 Cubs’ trade of Lou Brock to the Cardinals. The former curveball specialist recalls his physical condition at the time of the trade. He had elbow surgery after the ’64 season. Broglio also shares with good humor the fans’ reception years later when he and Brock were introduced in Chicago.

“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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2009: Brock recalls life as friendly door-to-door heating-oil salesman/furnace man

By on December 31, 2016

Brock recalls life as friendly door-to-door heating-oil salesman/furnace man - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features interview with Lou Brock.

Brock recalls life as friendly door-to-door heating-oil salesman/furnace man - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features interview with Lou Brock.

Left: In addition to his Hall of Fame career in St. Louis, Lou Brock went on to handle a number of different businesses. Right: Lou Brock fronted an ad for the heating-oil firm for which he worked. Spokesman status for a mainstream company was rare for an African-American in 1963. Click on image for larger view…

 

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.

In this edition, a 2009 interview with Hall of Famer Lou Brock is featured. Brock reveals an off-the-field side rarely recounted from his 1962-63 Cubs days — his winter job as a combination heating-oil salesman and furnace repairman.Interestingly, a Feb. 3, 1963 Chicago Sun-Times Sunday feature on ballplayers’ off-season jobs did not include Brock’s unusual assignments. The article included Sox pitcher Joel Horlen working as a ticket salesman for the team and Cubs outfielder Bob Will working for the Wrigley gum company. Brock, of course, departed the Cubs in an infamous June 15, 1964 trade for sore-elbowed pitcher Ernie Broglio.

“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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1972: Harry Caray interviews Dick Allen, Steve Carlton

Harry Caray interviews Dick Allen, Steve Carlton - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features all-time baseball announcer Harry Caray.

Dick Allen at U.S. Cellular Field in 2012, commemorating his MVP season.

By on December 30, 2016

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.

In this edition, interviews all-time baseball announcer Harry Caray conducted in spring training 1972 in Florida and early in the season in Chicago are featured. Two superstars who’d go on to earn honors in ’72 are queried: the White Sox’s Dick Allen, the eventual American League MVP, and the Phillies’ Steve Carlton, the National League’s Cy Young Award winner.

Renowned as a play-by-play Pied Piper who helped revive the White Sox then, Caray was also known as a good interviewer. He taped the segments and syndicated them around the country to radio stations. Scott Nelson, the Cubs’ longtime director of baseball operations until 2012, discovered several cassettes of Caray interviews at a sports collectors’ show in the late 1990s. A number of the interviews were replayed on Diamond Gems.

“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: Bob Hendley recalls duel with Koufax during perfecto as career apex

By on December 29, 2016

Sandy Koufax had to pitch the game of his life to beat Bob Hendley on Sept. 9, 1965. Both Koufax and Hendley took no-hitters in the seventh before “Sweet Lou” Johnson blooped a double to right off Hendley.

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.

In this edition, ex-Cub Bob Hendley re-lives his Sept. 9, 1965 duel with Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax during the latter’s perfect game at Dodger Stadium. Hendley was interviewed with five other big leaguers who had played in the perfecto for a special 40th anniversary “Diamond Gems” retrospective show. Hendley gave up just one hit, which had nothing to do with the unearned run scored against him. The one hit total allowed by both pitchers set a major-league record for fewest hits ever in a game. Both Hendley and Koufax took no-hitters into the seventh inning in what may be the greatest pitching duel in history.

“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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1972: Harry Caray interviews fellow big names in spring training

By on December 27, 2016

Harry Caray interviews fellow big names in spring training -This CBM vintage baseball podcast features interviews of Harry Caray.

Harry Caray in a familiar sight from the early 1970s, hobnobbing with the fans who loved his charismatic style with the White Sox (Photo courtesy of the Leo Bauby Collection).

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.

In this edition, interviews all-time baseball announcer Harry Caray conducted in spring training 1972 in Florida are featured. Renowned as a play-by-play Pied Piper who helped revive the White Sox then, Caray was also known as a good interviewer. He taped the segments and syndicated them around the country to radio stations. Scott Nelson, the Cubs’ longtime director of baseball operations until 2012, discovered several cassettes of Caray interviews at a sports collectors’ show in the late 1990s. A number of the interviews were replayed on Diamond Gems.

“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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1994: Melton, Wood, Herrmann have reunion 2 decades after Sox days

By on December 26, 2016

Melton, Wood, Herrmann have reunion 2 decades after Sox days - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features Bill Melton, Wilbur Wood and Ed Herrmann

Bill Melton (No. 14 at right) welcomes roommate Ed Herrmann to home plate after slugging a homer at Comiskey Park. (Photo courtesy of the Leo Bauby Collection).

Melton, Wood, Herrmann have reunion 2 decades after Sox days - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features Bill Melton, Wilbur Wood and Ed Herrmann

Wilbur Wood about to float one of his knuckleballs plateward as a 1970s White Sox ace. (Photo courtesy of the Leo Bauby Collection).

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.

In this edition, early 1970s White Sox teammates Bill Melton, Wilbur Wood and Ed Herrmann have an on-air reunion and a jolly good time recalling their South Side days. The segment originally aired March 12, 1994. Third baseman Melton and catcher Herrmann were roommates, while Wood’s knuckleball that netted him four 20-win seasons with the Sox sometimes baffled Herrmann along with the hitters.

“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: Sandberg trains as minor-league manager

By on December 25, 2016

Sandberg trains as minor-league manager - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features Ryne Sandberg

A decade-long Cubs double-play combo was re-united in Mesa, Ariz. as spring-training coaches in 2004: Shawon Dunston and Ryne Sandberg (right). Three years later Sandberg began his managerial career.

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.

In this edition, an Aug. 2007 interview with Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is replayed. Sandberg candidly reviews his first year as a pro baseball manager at Class A Peoria in the Midwest League. He would go on to miss out on the Cubs’ managerial job in 2011, after having risen through each level of the team’s farm system through 2010. Now Sandberg could be the near-future manager of the Phillies as the NL East team’s first-year third-base coach.

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1994: Last of the Comiskeys puts ownership in perspective

By on December 23, 2016

Last of the Comiskeys puts ownership in perspective : Chuck comiskeys - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features Chuck comiskey.

Chuck Comiskey behind the mic of WCFL-Radio, the Sox’s flagship station in the 1950s and 1960s (Photo courtesy of the Leo Bauby Collection).

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.

In this edition, timed with the historical aspects of SoxFest, Chuck Comiskey discusses the issues that affected his family’s ownership of the South Siders. The segment originally aired Sept. 24, 1994. Comiskey was the third and final generation of his family involved in management of the Sox.

“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: Teen-age Wood peers into a future that now includes ‘Winter Warm-up’

By on December 22, 2016

Teen-age Wood peers into a future that now includes 'Winter Warm-up' : Kerry wood - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features kerry wood.

Kerry Wood and wife sarah at the “Winter Warm-up” to benefit the Wood Family Foundation

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.

In this edition, the first interview with Cubs icon Kerry Wood after he was drafted No. 4 in the country in 1995 is replayed. Not even 18, Wood could still peer into the future for what turned out to be an eventful career that lasted through 2012.

Now Wood is an honored Cubs alum who gives back his adopted community. He was staging his second annual Winter Warm-up to benefit the Wood Family Foundation from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at Harry Caray’s Navy Pier in Chicago. Cubs players, Bears lineman J’Marcus Webb and Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan were expected to be among the guests and celebrity bartenders.

Tickets are $150 per person. Fans can reserve a booth for four people for $1,000 (includes tableside cocktail service). Parking is available for $10 after 5pm at the Navy Pier Garage. For additional information or ticket sales please visit www.woodfamilyfoundation.org.

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