Backward K Podcast: Episode 01

Happy New Year to all of our loyal followers and readers here at Baseball Essential. We truly appreciate each and every one of you and are looking forward to some more fun in 2016! With the new year comes a ...

‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #40: 1975 World Series, Part 2

The excitement of the first five games of the 1975 World Series was nothing compared to what took place over the final two. On October 21, Fenway Park played host to arguably the greatest game in World Serie...

‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #39: 1975 World Series, Part 1

It wasn’t just one of the best-played World Series of all-time; it probably was the most impactful. Millions around the country were witness to a true Fall classic 40 years ago – a showdown between two talen...

‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #38: Frank Tanana

The story of Frank Tanana's major league career can be divided into two acts. He quickly rose to stardom with the California Angels as a strikeout pitcher – fanning as many as 269 in 1975. But a shoulder inj...

‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #37: Bob Wolff

The 56-game hitting streak for Joe DiMaggio. Cal Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive games played. Cy Young’s 511 victories. All are baseball records which will never be surpassed. Bob Wolff also holds an unbreakable...

‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #36: Rick Dempsey

In a career that covered 24 seasons and four decades, Rick Dempsey possessed endearing qualities as both a durable catcher and a unique personality. Our lineup of topics discussed with Rick includes: -His re...

‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #35: Dick Groat

The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates, as he put it, were a team of destiny. Dick Groat, the National League’s Most Valuable Player that season, was one of many key contributors who led the Bucs to their first title in 3...

‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #34: Heather Quinlan

The 1986 Mets didn’t just dominate the major league competition. They ruled New York City in a way that hasn’t been matched since. Filmmaker Heather Quinlan is in the late stages of developing a documentary ...

‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #33: Lindsay Berra

The list of accomplishments in the storied life of Lawrence Peter Berra is just about as long as the many endearing and humorous quotes that will forever make him the indelible Yogi. But there could very wel...

‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #31: Jeff Idelson

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony isn’t just a special time for those honored. It’s a focal point of the baseball calendar – when the sport has its eyes on Cooperstown and when many fans of the game make trek...