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In 1985, first baseman Steven Patrick Garvey (born December 22, 1948) established a Major League Baseball record for most consecutive errorless games by an infielder. This record stood until April 2, 2008, when it was bested by Kevin Youkilis.

Garvey played football and baseball at Michigan State University. Garvey played his entire career in the National League West for two teams; the Los Angeles Dodgers (1969-82) and the San Diego Padres (1983-87). He batted right and threw right. In a 19-year career, Garvey was a .294 hitter with 272 home runs and 1308 RBI in 2332 games played. Garvey was part of the longest starting infield to play together with Ron Cey, Bill Russell and Davey Lopes.

Garvey is one of only two players to have started an All-Star Game as a write-in vote, doing so in 1974.

Garvey set a National League record with 1207 consecutive games played, from September 3, 1975, to July 29, 1983. The streak ended when he broke his thumb in a collision at home plate against the Atlanta Braves.

In the 1978 National League Championship Series, Garvey hit four home runs, and added a double for five extra base hits, both marks tying Bob Robertson's 1971 NLCS record; Jeffrey Leonard would tie the NLCS home run record in the 1987 NLCS.

In 1981, at a point in his career when it looked like he would one day rank among the game's all-time greats, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included him in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time.

On his first trip to Los Angeles as a Padre, he took out a full-page newspaper ad thanking fans for their past support.

On October 6, 1984, during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, Garvey hit a two-run walk-off home run off of Lee Smith in the 9th inning to give the Padres a 7 to 5 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The next day, the Padres won the National League pennant for the first time in franchise history.

Garvey's jersey #6, worn when he was both a Padre and Dodger is retired by the Padres. His number 6 was displayed at the site of his 1984 NLCS home run in right field at Qualcomm Stadium.

Since 1988, he has been running Garvey Communications, mainly involved in television production, including infomercials. He is also the host of Baseball's Greatest Games. In addition he is hired out to do motivational speaking, mainly for corporations.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in June 1987.

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Wade Anthony Boggs' hitting in the 1980s and 1990s made him a perennial contender for American League batting titles, in much the same way as his National League contemporary Tony Gwynn. Boggs was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. With 12 straight All-Star appearances, Boggs is third only to Brooks Robinson and George Brett in number of consecutive appearances as a third baseman. His finest season was 1987 when he set career highs in HR(24), RBI(89), and slugging percentage(.588). Also in that season he batted .363 and held a .461 OBP, both stats leading the league.

A left-handed hitter, Boggs won five batting titles starting in 1983. He also batted .349 in his rookie year which would have won the batting title, but was 121 plate appearances short of the required minimum of 502. From 1982 to 1988, Boggs hit below .349 only once, hitting .325 in 1984. From 1983 to 1989, Boggs rattled off seven consecutive seasons in which he collected 200 or more hits, an American League record for consecutive 200-hit seasons that was later matched by Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki.

Boggs signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for the final two seasons of his career, in 1999 collecting his 3,000th hit. Despite his deserved reputation as a singles hitter with limited power, he is the first and only member of the 3,000-hit club whose 3,000th hit was a home run. Boggs retired in 1999 after sustaining a knee injury, leaving with a career batting average of .328 and 3,010 hits.

He is credited with teaching the Yankees their current pitch-selection technique; swinging only at perfect pitches and fouling off close but tough to hit pitches, forcing teams to go to their usually weak bullpens. Before Boggs joined the Yankees, they were 14th in pitches per plate appearance, and 4th and then 1st after he joined. In addition, the Yankees were 12th and 8th in on base percentage the two years prior to Boggs joining the team and 2nd the year he came on board (1993), followed by 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 1st.

In 1987, Boggs – who was up for a new contract following the season – hit 24 home runs, easily the most in any year of his career.

His "#12" has been retired by the Tampa Bay Rays. Although he has not had his number retired by the Boston Red Sox, he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2004.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in May 1987.

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Alvin Glenn Davis was a first baseman/DH who played for the Seattle Mariners and the California Angels.

Davis played college baseball at Arizona State and broke into the Majors with the Mariners in 1984 and remained there until 1992 when he played one season for the Angels before retiring. He was the 1984 winner of the American League Rookie of the Year Award, he also an All-Star in his season debut.

Davis was a career .280 hitter with 160 home runs and 683 RBI in 1206 games. He hit 20-plus homers in three seasons and drove in over 100 runs in two.

Though Davis' statistics are by no means mind-blowing, he was well-known by Mariners fans and held just about every offensive team record for quite a few years. He burst onto the major league scene in 1984, homering in his first two big-league games and collecting three doubles in his third. He won his team's MVP award that season and was named American League Rookie of the Year after posting .284, 27HRs, 116 RBI. Davis, who was nicknamed "Mr. Mariner", was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame in 1997.[1]

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Darrell Evans is a former third and first baseman in who played from 1969 to 1989 with the Atlanta Braves (1969-76, 1989), San Francisco Giants (1976-83) and Detroit Tigers (1984-88). Overshadowed in his prime by fellow National League third baseman Mike Schmidt, he has been described by author Bill James as the most underrated player in baseball history, primarily because his defensive skill, home run power, and ability to draw walks in a long career were offset by a low career batting average of .248.

Evans became the first player to hit 40 home runs in both leagues, and at 38 became the oldest player ever to lead the league in home runs. Evans hit over 20 home runs in 10 different seasons and drew over 100 walks 5 times, with a career high 126 in 1974. In 1988, he hit his 400th home run, becoming the 22nd player to reach that milestone. He retired after having joined Reggie Jackson in becoming only the second player to hit 100 home runs with three different teams, and ranking in 11th place among all-time walks leaders. Evans hit 60 home runs in his 40s, a major league record. He later served as a coach with the New York Yankees in 1990.

A two-time All-Star (1973 and 1983), Evans was selected as the third baseman on the 1973 Sporting News National League All-Star team. He won the 1983 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership.

Evans gained unusual attention when he stated in 1984 that he and his wife had witnessed a UFO in 1982 at their home in Pleasanton, California.

He also works as a consultant for Netamin Communcation Corporation, ensuring accuracy as the gaming company develops Ultimate Baseball Online 2007, the first-ever Massively Multiplayer Online Sports Game (MMOSG).

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in May 1987.

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Johnny Lee Bench (born December 7, 1947) is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.

Bench was a key member of the Reds' 1975 and 1976 World Series championship teams known as "The Big Red Machine."

Bench was a standout baseball player for Binger High School, in the small western Oklahoma town of Binger, the seat of Caddo County, formerly known as Hoss Spit Flats. His father advised him that the fastest route to the majors was being a catcher. He was drafted in the second round of the 1965 amateur draft and was called up in August, 1967 where he hit just .163, but impressed many with his defensive prowess and strong throwing arm. Among those he impressed during his first taste of big league ball was Hall of Famer Ted Williams, who signed a baseball for him: "A Hall of Famer for sure!"

He won the 1968 National League Rookie of the Year Award, batting .275 with 15 home runs and 82 RBIs, and the honors and accomplishments only continued to pile up. In his career, Bench earned 10 Gold Gloves, was the 1970 and 1972 Most Valuable Player and was named to the National League All-Star team 12 times. He also won such awards as the Lou Gehrig Award (1975), the Babe Ruth Award (1976), and the Hutch Award (1981). His most dramatic home run was likely his ninth inning lead-off opposite field home run in the final game of the 1972 NLCS vs. Pittsburgh. The solo shot tied the game 3-3, allowing the Reds to win later in the inning on a wild pitch, 4-3. It was hailed after the game as "one of the great clutch home runs of all time."

Bench was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1989, appearing on 96% of the ballots — the third-highest ever at the time.

He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1989 and had his #5 retired.

In 1999, he ranked Number 16 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, the highest-ranking catcher, and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

Starting with the 2000 college baseball season, the best collegiate catcher annually receives the Johnny Bench Award.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in October, 1987.

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Charles William Tanner (born July 4, 1929 in New Castle, Pennsylvania) is a former left fielder and manager. After spending five seasons as a special assistant to the general manager of the Cleveland Indians, Tanner was named a senior advisor to new Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington in the autumn of 2007.

A left-handed batter and thrower, Tanner signed his first contract with the Boston Braves. He played for eight seasons (1955 – 1962) for four different teams: the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels, as well as the Braves (then based in Milwaukee) and the Indians. In 396 games played, Tanner batted .261 with 21 home runs.

In 1963 he began managing in the Angels' minor league system, where in 1970 he led the AAA Hawaii Islanders to 98 wins in 146 games and the Pacific Coast League pennant. He then received his first major league managing assignment in 1970 with the Chicago White Sox.

With the White Sox, Tanner managed such star players as Wilbur Wood, Carlos May, Bill Melton, and the temperamental Dick Allen. His most successful season with the Sox came in 1972, when he managed them to a close second-place finish in the American League Western Division behind the eventual World Series champion Oakland Athletics. Tanner managed the Sox until 1975, when he was fired and replaced by Paul Richards.

In 1976, Charles Finley hired Tanner to manage the Oakland Athletics. With speedy players such as Bert Campaneris, Bill North, and Don Baylor, Tanner made the A's into a running team, stealing a major league-record 341 bases. The A's, however, lost out in the division race to the Kansas City Royals.

Before the 1977 season, the A's were in the process of trading off many of their stars of the great team that won three straight championships from 1972-74. Part of the sell-off was the trading of Tanner's services to the Pittsburgh Pirates for an aging Manny Sanguillen. This was the second instance in major-league history where a manager has been part of a baseball trade (Joe Gordon and Jimmie Dykes were traded for each other in the 1960s; Lou Piniella of the Seattle Mariners was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays almost 30 years later).

He reached the pinnacle of his managerial career in 1979 as the skipper of the World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Tanner was well known for his unrelenting optimism, which permeated his teams. The Pirates were able to win in 1979 after falling behind, three games to one in the World Series. Tanner left Pittsburgh after the 1985 season and finished his managerial career with the Atlanta Braves.

He is the father of former major league player and coach Bruce Tanner. In 2006, he was invited to be a coach in the 2006 All Star game by NL manager Phil Garner, who played for the Pirates during Tanner's tenure as Manager. Prior to the start of the game, Tanner threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Tanner rejoined the Pirates organization in 2007 as a special advisor to general manager Neal Huntington. Tanner had previously been an advisor in the Milwaukee Brewers and Cleveland Indians organizations. He continues to live in his home town of New Castle.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in August 1987.

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Michael "Mickey" Hatcher was, most notably, Kirk Gibson's replacement for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1988 World Series, batting .368 (7/19) with two home runs and five RBI. He is from Mesa, Arizona.

He is admired for his fun-loving approach to playing baseball, particularly on the World Champion 1988 Dodger team, and was featured in various presentations to the tune of the "Mickey Mouse Club" song. He would sprint to first base after drawing walks, like Pete Rose, and garnered a lot of media attention in the 1988 World Series by hitting a first-inning home run in Game 1 and sprinting full-speed around the bases instead of jogging. This prompted NBC broadcaster Vin Scully to say "He's a Saturday Evening Post character!" and "He's running like he's afraid they're going to take it off the board!" Hatcher had only hit one home run in that 1988 season, but hit two in the World Series.

He is currently the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, with whom he won his second World Series title, in 2002. The Angels are managed by Mike Scioscia, Hatcher's teammate from the 1988 World Championship team.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in April 1987.

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George Lee "Sparky" Anderson is fifth on the all-time list for manager career wins in Major League Baseball (behind Connie Mack, John McGraw, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox) and is the first manager to win the World Series while leading clubs in both leagues. He piloted the National League's Cincinnati Reds to the 1975 and 1976 championships, then added a third title in 1984 with the Detroit Tigers of the American League.

Either manager in the 1984 Series would have been the first to win in both leagues, since San Diego Padres (NL) manager Dick Williams had previously won the series with the Oakland Athletics (AL) in 1972 and 1973.

Anderson was a "good field, no-hit" middle infielder as a player. After playing the 1955 season with the Texas League Fort Worth Cats as an apprenticeship in the farm system of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he played one full season in the major leagues, as the regular second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1959. However, a .218 average with no power ended his big-league career at that point.

Anderson won 102 games and the pennant in his first Major League season as manager, but then lost the 1970 World Series in five games to the Baltimore Orioles. After an injury-plagued 1971, the Reds came back and won another pennant in 1972, losing to the Oakland Athletics in the World Series. They took the National League West division title in 1973, then finished a close second to the Los Angeles Dodgers a year later.

Finally, in 1975, the Reds blew the division open by winning 108 games, swept the National League Championship Series and then edged the Boston Red Sox in a drama-filled, seven-game World Series. They repeated in 1976 by winning 102 games and ultimately sweeping the New York Yankees in the Series. During this time, Anderson became known as "Captain Hook" for his penchant for taking out a starting pitcher at the first sign of weakness and going to his bullpen, relying heavily on closers Will McEnaney and Rawly Eastwick.

When the aging Reds finished second to the Dodgers in each of the next two seasons, Anderson was fired. The Reds won the division title again in 1979 but lost three straight to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the League Championship Series. They would not make the playoffs again until they won the World Series in 1990.

On May 28, 2005, during pre-game ceremonies in Cincinnati, Anderson's jersey number, 10, was retired by the Reds. Anderson's number in Detroit, 11, has been inactive since 1995. However, it has not been officially retired by the Tigers.

Anderson currently resides in Thousand Oaks, California.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in April 1987.

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Nicknamed "Molly" and "The Ignitor," Paul Molitor was elected as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, 2004. He played for 21 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays and his Minnesota Twins.

Molitor started out as a shortstop, then moved to second base when the briefly-retired Robin Yount returned. During the latter half of his career, he was used primarily as a designated hitter, with occasional games at first base and in the outfield. He played nearly half of his career as a DH.

Molitor was part of a young Milwaukee Brewers team that lost the 1982 World Series in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals but batted .355 during the series. In Game 1 of the '82 Series, he had five hits, which set a Major League record. During that season, he hit .302 and led the American League with 136 runs scored. Molitor also attracted national media attention during his 39-game hitting streak, which ended with Molitor in the on-deck circle when Rick Manning got a game-ending hit to beat the Cleveland Indians on August 26, 1987. Fans booed Manning for driving in the winning run and thus depriving Molitor of one last chance to reach 40 games. The streak continues to stand as the fifth-longest in modern-day baseball history, and remains the longest since Pete Rose's 44 game hit streak in 1978.

Molitor was a key part of the Blue Jays second World Championship in 1992. Molitor won the World Series MVP Award and tied a World Series record by batting .500 in the six game series.

He left the Blue Jays after the 1995 season and joined his hometown Minnesota Twins for the final three seasons of his career, where he acquired his 3,000th hit. He is the only player to reach the 3000 hits plateau with a triple. Molitor was relishing the opportunity to play with Twins superstar Kirby Puckett, but Puckett developed career-ending glaucoma during spring training in 1996 and never played again. In 1996, Molitor became the first 40-year-old to have a 200-hit season with 225.

Molitor's lifetime statistics include 2,683 games played, 1,782 runs scored, 3,319 hits, 234 home runs, 1,307 runs batted in, a .306 batting average, and 504 stolen bases. He batted .368 in 5 postseason series and was an all-star seven times.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in April 1987.

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Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew celebrates the 53rd anniversary of his first big league appearance, which occurred on June 23, 1954. As a pinch runner, he couldn't believe that he was on the same field with some of his childhood heroes.

This episode originally aired June 23, 1987.

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He has been nicknamed "Sweet Lou," both for his swing as a major league hitter and, facetiously, to describe his demeanor as a player and manager.

Piniella grew up in West Tampa, Florida. His Asturian grandparents immigrated to Florida from Asturias, Spain. As a child, he played PONY League Baseball alongside Tony La Russa.

Piniella played for the Kansas City Royals from 1969-73, and was the American League's AL Rookie of the Year in 1969. He was the first player to come to bat in Royals history. On April 8 of their first season, he led off the bottom of the 1st and doubled to left field, then scored on an RBI single by Jerry Adair.

After the Royals, Pinella was a member of the New York Yankees for 11 seasons, where they won five AL East titles (1976-78, 1980 and 1981), four AL pennants (1976-78 and 1981), and two World Series championships (1977-78). After centerfielder Mickey Rivers was traded, during the 1979 season, Piniella became the Yankees leadoff hitter. One of the more underrated players of the 1970s (he made just one all star team), he compiled 1705 lifetime hits despite not playing full time for just under half of his career.

After retiring as a player, Piniella managed the Yankees from 1986 to 1987 and for most of 1988 before briefly serving as the club's general manager for the rest of the 1988 and 1989 seasons. Piniella managed the Cincinnati Reds between 1990 and 1992, a tenure that included winning the 1990 World Series against the heavily-favored Oakland Athletics.

From 1993-2002, he managed the Seattle Mariners, winning the AL Manager of the Year Award in 1995, and again in 2001 when he led the Mariners to a record-tying 116 wins. They lost their chance to go to the World Series when they were beat by the Yankees in the ALCS. The Mariners have not reached the playoffs since. In the Mariners' 30-season history, they have had nine winning seasons and reached the playoffs four times. Seven of the winning seasons and all of the playoff appearances occurred during Piniella's ten years with the Mariners.

In his first two seasons with the Devil Rays, Piniella was able to improve the team somewhat, and they won a franchise-record 70 games in 2004, which was also their first season in which they did not finish last in their division.

On October 16, 2006, Piniella agreed to a three-year contract to manage the Chicago Cubs. The contract is for $10 million over three seasons with a $5 million option for a fourth year.

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Harmon Clayton Killebrew had a 22 year major league career, and retired as the career leader in home runs by a right-handed batter (the record has since been broken).

Killebrew became one of the American League's most feared power hitters of the 1960s, belting 40 homers in a season eight times. In 1965 he helped the Twins reach the World Series, where they lost to Don Drysdale's Los Angeles Dodgers. Killebrew had his finest season in 1969, hitting 49 home runs, driving in 140 runs, and winning the MVP Award. Killebrew led the league in home runs six times, in RBI three times, and was named to eleven All Star teams. As a result, he was nicknamed "Killer" – a portmanteau linking the first 5 letters of his last name with his legendary hitting ability.

With exceptional upper-body strength, Killebrew was known not just for home run frequency but also significant "tape measure homer" distance. He hit the longest measured home runs at the ballparks in Minnesota and Baltimore, and was the first of just four batters who cleared the left field roof at Detroit.

Despite his "Killer" nickname and his powerful style of play, Killebrew was in fact a quiet, kind man who was not much given to the partying lifestyle enjoyed by his peers. Asked once what he liked to do for fun, Killebrew replied, "Well, I like to wash dishes, I guess."

Killebrew never hit 50 home runs in a single season, but he did hit 49 homers in a season twice (1964, 1969). He hit the most home runs for any player in the 1960s. For his entire career, he hit 573 home runs (ninth best all time, most by an American League right-hander, and second in the AL only to Babe Ruth, as of 2005) and drove in 1,584 runs. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, the first Minnesota Twin to be so honored.

Following his retirement, Killebrew was a television broadcaster for the Twins from 1976 to 1978, the Oakland Athletics from 1979 to 1982, the California Angels in 1983 and back with Minnesota from 1984 to 1988. While with Oakland, he also served as a major- and minor-league hitting instructor. In 1990 he retired from business to pursue endorsement and charity work, especially in the fields of preventive and palliative health care charities and international causes. Killebrew currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he chairs the Harmon Killebrew Foundation.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in October 1987.

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Billy Herman (July 7, 1909 – September 5, 1992) played second base during the 1930s and 1940s for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates. He also managed the Pirates and the Red Sox.

Herman broke into the majors in 1931 with the Chicago Cubs and asserted himself as a star the following season, 1932 by having 206 hits, 102 runs and a .314 batting average. A fixture in the Chicago lineup over the next decade, Herman was a consistent hitter and solid producer. He regular hit .300 or higher (and as high as .341 in 1935) and drove in a high of 93 runs in 1936.

Herman missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons to serve in World War II, but returned to play in 1946 with the Dodgers and Boston Braves (after being traded mid-season). He was traded again prior to the 1947 season to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he assumed managerial duties, but only played 15 games. His final record as a major league manager was 189-274 (.408).

Herman finished his career with a .304 batting average, 1163 runs, 47 home runs, 839 RBI and a minuscule 428 strikeouts. He won four National League pennants (in 1932, 1935, 1938 and 1941) but no World Series championships, and was 189-274 as a manager.

Herman holds the National League records for most putouts in a season by a second baseman and led the league in putouts seven times. He also shares the major league record for most hits on opening day, with five, set April 14, 1936.

Herman was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.

This episode originally aired October 5, 1987.

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Robin Evan Roberts' (born September 30, 1926) years with the Philadelphia Phillies (1948-61) led to his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Roberts also pitched for the Baltimore Orioles (1962-65), Houston Astros (1965-66) and Chicago Cubs (1966).

Roberts was born in Springfield, Illinois. After World War II, Roberts returned to Michigan State University—where he had attended an Army Air Corps training program—to play basketball, not baseball. Almost by accident he became a baseball pitcher for MSU. After playing for MSU and spending his second summer playing in Vermont with the Barre-Montpelier Twin City Trojans, he was signed by the Phillies.

Roberts had his major league debut on June 18, 1948.

In 1950 he led his Phillies "Whiz Kids" team, the youngest major league baseball squad ever fielded, to its first National League pennant in 35 years. Roberts started three games in the last five days of the season, defeating the heavily favored Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, in a pennant-deciding, 10-inning game. It was his 20th victory, becoming the Phillies' first 20-game-winner since Grover Cleveland Alexander did it in 1917. Since then, the 1950 Phillies have been known as the "Whiz Kids."

Between 1950 and 1955 Roberts won 20 games each season, leading the NL in victories from 1952 to 1955. Six times he led the league in games started, five times in complete games and innings pitched, and once pitched 28 complete games in a row. During his career, Roberts never walked more than 77 batters in any regular season. In addition, he helped himself as a fielder as well as with his bat, hitting 55 doubles, 10 triples, and five home runs with 103 RBI.

His 28 wins in 1952, the year he won the The Sporting News Player of the Year Award, are the most in the National League since 1935, the year Dizzy Dean also won 28 games.

Despite his 28 victories in 1952, Roberts enjoyed his best season in 1953, posting a 23-16 record and leading the NL pitchers in strikeouts with 198. In a career-high 346⅔ innings pitched he walked just 66 batters, and his 2.75 ERA was second in the league behind Warren Spahn's 2.10, narrowly missing the Triple Crown.

Roberts was the only pitcher in major league history to defeat the Boston Braves, the Milwaukee Braves and the Atlanta Braves.

Robin Roberts was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in October 1987.

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Joe Morgan was signed by the Houston Colt .45's as an amateur free agent in 1962. Early in his career, Morgan had trouble with his swing because he kept his back elbow down too low. Teammate Nellie Fox suggested to Joe that while at the plate he should flap his back arm like a chicken to keep his elbow up. Morgan followed the advice, and his flapping arm became a familiar sight to baseball fans.

Although Morgan played with distinction with Houston, the Astros wanted more power in their lineup. As a result, they traded Morgan to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a blockbuster multi-player deal on November 29, 1971, announced at baseball's winter meetings. While the Astros got power-hitting Lee May, the deal is now considered one of the most one-sided trades in baseball history. The deal facilitated a shift in Reds team philosophy towards speed over power, with Morgan and outfielder Pete Rose now two central pieces, batting back-to-back. The trade is now referred to, by one author, as the best trade in Reds history. Conversely, it is considered one of the worst, if not the worst, trades in Astros history. Morgan, along with teammates Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Pérez and Dave Concepción, led the Reds to consecutive championships in the World Series. He drove in the winning run in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series, now ranked as one of the great World Series of all time.

Morgan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990 and is currently an Emmy-winning commentator for ESPN television and radio.

This episode originally aired September 19, 1987.

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Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is well-known both for his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it.

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Strawberry was one of the most feared sluggers in the game, known for his prodigious home runs and his intimidating presence in the batter's box with his 6-foot-6 frame and his long, looping swing. During his 17-year career, he helped lead the New York Mets to one World Series championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three World Series championships in 1996, 1998, 1999.

A popular player during his career, Strawberry was voted to the All-Star Game eight straight times from 1984-1991.

In 1985, despite missing 40 games due to an injury to his right thumb, he hit 29 home runs but the Mets fell 5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL East.

In 1986, Strawberry hit 27 homers and had 99 RBIs as the Mets won the 1986 World Series.

Strawberry signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1991, inking a lucrative five-year $22.25 million contract. In California, he was named Big Brother of The Year for that year. After hitting 28 home runs and bringing in 99 runs batted in a successful first year for the Dodgers, injuries and personal problems kept him sidelined for much of the next two seasons, hitting five home runs in each season.

William Hayward "Mookie" Wilson (born February 9, 1956) played with the New York Mets (1980–89) and Toronto Blue Jays (1989–91). He was a switch hitter, known for his impressive speed and positive attitude. Fans would frequently chant "Mooooo-kie" in appreciation of him.

Born in Bamberg, South Carolina, Wilson played college baseball at Spartanburg Methodist College and then the University of South Carolina. Later, in 1996, he earned a bachelor's degree from Mercy College in New York.

In twelve seasons, Wilson was a .274 hitter with 67 home runs, 438 RBI, and 327 stolen bases in 1403 games. Wilson held the Mets record for career stolen bases (281) and career triples (62) until Jose Reyes broke both marks during the 2008 season.

Wilson is the batter who, in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, avoided being hit by a wild pitch, allowing the tying run to score in the bottom of the 10th. His ground ball later in the same at bat went through the legs of Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, allowing the winning run to score. The ball that rolled through Buckner's legs is now housed in the Seth Swirsky baseball collection.

When the Mets decided to rebuild, Wilson requested a trade. The Mets accommodated him by trading him to the Blue Jays in exchange for Jeff Musselman and Mike Brady on August 1, 1989.

Wilson was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2005, Wilson managed the single A team Brooklyn Cyclones. Previously, he managed the Rookie League Kingsport Mets team and was a coach for the New York Mets from 1997 to 2002.

In 1999, Wilson obtained a license to drive tractor-trailer trucks and began hauling freight in the offseason, a job he stated his intention to keep if and when he left professional baseball.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in October 1987.

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Ted Simmons (born August 9, 1949, in Highland Park, Michigan) played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1968-80), Milwaukee Brewers (1981-85) and Atlanta Braves (1986-88). Simmons (nicknamed "Simba") was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed.

In a 21-season career, Simmons compiled a .288 batting average with 2,472 hits, 248 home runs and 1389 RBI in 2456 games.
* 8-time All-Star (1972-74, 1977-79, 1981, 1983)
* Silver Slugger Award (1980)
* 7-time hit .300 or more (1971-73, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983)
* Caught two no-hitters (Bob Gibson in 1971, Bob Forsch in 1978)
* Twice led the National League in intentional walks (1976-77). He ranks 15th in the All-Time list with 188.
* After his playing days were over, Simmons continued in the game as a front office executive. He served two seasons (1992-93) as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but stepped down for health reasons. He also was Director of Player Development for both the Cardinals and San Diego Padres, and a scout for the Cleveland Indians. He was named the bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers starting with the 2008 season.

In 1993, only 17 baseball writers voted for Ted Simmons to get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Being less than the 5% required to remain eligible, Simmons was taken off the ballot. Under the rules in effect at that time, he was thus permanently ineligible for Hall of Fame selection.

Ted Simmons had 2472 career hits, which was ranked # 1 all time for a catcher, until 2008, when he was surpassed by Iván Rodríguez.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in June 1987.

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Charles Ray Knight (born December 28, 1952, in Albany, Georgia) was primarily a third baseman, although he did see some action at first base, second base, designated hitter, shortstop and in the outfield. He played for the Cincinnati Reds (1974–1981), Houston Astros (1982–1984), New York Mets (1984–1986), Baltimore Orioles (1987), and the Detroit Tigers (1988). He is now a studio analyst for MASN's coverage of the Washington Nationals.

While Knight is notable as being a very high quality hitter, making the Top 10 leaderboard in batting three times, he is mostly known for his role in the 1986 World Series, when he not only scored the winning run in Game 6 on Mookie Wilson's famous grounder through Bill Buckner's legs, but he also hit the tie breaking home run in Game 7. Due to his contributions Knight won the World Series MVP award, and then became the first player to join a new team the season after winning the award, signing with the Orioles in 1987. The Mets granted Knight free agency after it was decided that Howard Johnson would be the Mets' everyday third baseman. His all-time statistics in the postseason include a .279 BA, with 1 home run and 7 RBIs.

In 1986, Knight also won the Babe Ruth Award for the National League and The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award. He was also a winner of the Hutch Award in 1983.

In a 13-season career, Knight put together a .271 batting average with 84 home runs and 595 RBIs in 1495 games. He had 490 runs and 14 career stolen bases. He accumulated 266 doubles and 1311 hits in total, in 4829 at bats.

In Knight's managerial career, he is 125-137, managing the Reds from 1996-97 and in 2003 for one game. In 1997, he forgot how many outs there had been in a half-inning in which the Reds were at bat and called for a bunt at an inopportune time. He later fined himself $250 for the incident. The team's lack of success would lead to his eventual firing and his replacement with Jack McKeon.

Knight is married to LPGA star Nancy Lopez, and briefly caddied for her after retiring.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in July 1987.

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Pitcher Mike Krukow had a solid, if unspectacular career in the major leagues. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 8th round of the 1973 draft and Krukow played Major League baseball for the Chicago Cubs (1976–1981), the Philadelphia Phillies (1982) and the San Francisco Giants (1983–1989).

Krukow's best season was in 1986, posting a record of 20-9 with a 3.05 ERA pitching for the San Francisco Giants. Giants fans can not argue Krukow should have won the Cy Young Award in 1986 as he finished third behind Mike Scott and Fernando Valenzuela, each of whom had better statistics on the season. Krukow was selected to the National League All-Star team that season. He was awarded the Willie Mac Award in both 1985 and 1986 honoring his spirit and leadership. In 1987, Krukow helped lead the Giants to their first division championship in 16 years. His final game was June 4, 1989.

Krukow is currently a broadcaster for the San Francisco Giants. He is a five-time Emmy award winner. "Kruk," who was named as the starting right-handed pitcher to the 1980s Giants All- Decade Team in a vote by Bay Area media in 1999, is noted for his deep knowledge of the game and tremendous sense of humor

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This episode originally was broadcast in April 1987.

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Donald Howard Sutton (born April 2, 1945) was born in Clio, Alabama, a small town in Barbour County, and on the same date as former Dodger teammate Reggie Smith. Clio is also the birthplace of the late Alabama governor George Wallace. He was born to sharecroppers at the end of World War II, in a tar-paper shack. At the time he was born his father was 18 and his mother was 15. Sutton's father, Howard, gave him the strong work ethic that he had throughout his career. His father tried logging and construction work, and in looking for work, moved the family to Molino, Florida, just north of Pensacola.

A right-handed pitcher, Sutton played for the Sioux Falls Packers as a minor leaguer, and entered the major league at the age of 21. Don Sutton's major league debut was on April 14, 1966, the same day that future 300-game winner Greg Maddux was born. In the majors, he played 23 years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, and California Angels. He won a total of 324 games, 58 of them shutouts and five of them one-hitters, and he is eighth on baseball's all-time strikeout list with 3,574 K's. He also holds the major league record for number of consecutive losses to one team, having lost 13 straight games to the Chicago Cubs.

He was known for doctoring baseballs. His nickname was "Black & Decker"; legend has it that when Sutton met notorious greaseballer Gaylord Perry, Perry handed him a tube of Vaseline, and Sutton responded with a thank-you, then handed him a sheet of sandpaper.

A 4-time All-Star, Sutton was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. His candidacy and subsequent election were controversial, with critics pointing out that he had never won a Cy Young Award, had won 20 games only once, and had rarely led his league in any statistical category. However, supporters noted that no pitcher with either 300 victories or 3000 strikeouts had ever failed to be elected to the Hall of Fame, and that his 324 wins were, at the time of his retirement, the most by any right-handed pitcher since the 1920s, and many pitchers with worse records were in the Hall of Fame.

Sutton holds the modern record for most at-bats (1,354) without ever hitting a home run.

Sutton's legacy of consistency and longevity is an amazing feat in itself, in an age before pitching counts would lift pitchers well before nine innings. He was the mainstay of a ball club with a pitching-rich tradition, a career that spanned from the Drysdale-Koufax era (1966) to Fernando Valenzuela (1980). In the final game of the 1980 season, Sutton was called on to complete a game winning save, 4-3, over Houston, forcing a one-game playoff — a poetic conclusion to a brilliant span of 15 years in L.A.

Sutton started his broadcasting career in 1989 with the Atlanta Braves on TBS, a position that he held through 2006. He left TBS after the 2006 season, mainly because the network will broadcast fewer games in future seasons. Sutton is now a color commentator for the Washington Nationals on the MASN network. This data was drawn from Wikipedia.

This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in May 1987.

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Bowie Kuhn served as the 5th commissioner of Major League Baseball between February 4, 1969 to September 30, 1984. In 1972, baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson's contribution on the 25th anniversary. Kuhn remembers working with Robinson and his impact.

This episode originally aired August 9, 1987.

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Bowie Kuhn served as the 5th commissioner of Major League Baseball between February 4, 1969 to September 30, 1984. In 1972, baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson's contribution on the 25th anniversary. Kuhn remembers working with Robinson and his impact.

This episode originally aired August 9, 1987.

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Hall of Famer Roy Campanella reflects on the quality of Jackie Robinson's character and his impact on American history.

This episode originally aired June 21, 1987.

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Henry "Hank" Aaron broke into professional baseball in 1951 for the Indianapolis Clowns. One year later, the 18 year old helped the team with the Negro League's World Series. One year later, Aaron was playing for the Boston Braves, who later moved to Milwaukee. These were not easy times for black baseball players and Aaron will never forget Jackie Robinson's contribution to breaking down the color barrier and the impact it had on his life.

This episode originally aired July 20, 1987.

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Bowie Kuhn served as the 5th commissioner of Major League Baseball between February 4, 1969 to September 30, 1984. In 1972, baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson's contribution on the 25th anniversary. Kuhn remembers working with Robinson and his impact.

This episode originally aired August 9, 1987.

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Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider played in his first Major League game in 1947 for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was also the first big league game he ever saw. That day was also important in American History, and he tells why.

Bowie Kuhn served as the 5th commissioner of Major League Baseball between February 4, 1969 to September 30, 1984. In 1972, baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson's contribution on the 25th anniversary. Kuhn remembers working with Robinson and his impact.

This episode originally aired August 9, 1987.

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Harmon Clayton Killebrew had a 22 year major league career, and retired as the career leader in home runs by a right-handed batter (the record has since been broken).

Killebrew became one of the American League's most feared power hitters of the 1960s, belting 40 homers in a season eight times. In 1965 he helped the Twins reach the World Series, where they lost to Don Drysdale's Los Angeles Dodgers. Killebrew had his finest season in 1969, hitting 49 home runs, driving in 140 runs, and winning the MVP Award. Killebrew led the league in home runs six times, in RBI three times, and was named to eleven All Star teams. As a result, he was nicknamed "Killer" – a portmanteau linking the first 5 letters of his last name with his legendary hitting ability.

With exceptional upper-body strength, Killebrew was known not just for home run frequency but also significant "tape measure homer" distance. He hit the longest measured home runs at the ballparks in Minnesota and Baltimore, and was the first of just four batters who cleared the left field roof at Detroit.

Despite his "Killer" nickname and his powerful style of play, Killebrew was in fact a quiet, kind man who was not much given to the partying lifestyle enjoyed by his peers. Asked once what he liked to do for fun, Killebrew replied, "Well, I like to wash dishes, I guess."

Killebrew never hit 50 home runs in a single season, but he did hit 49 homers in a season twice (1964, 1969). He hit the most home runs for any player in the 1960s. For his entire career, he hit 573 home runs (ninth best all time, most by an American League right-hander, and second in the AL only to Babe Ruth, as of 2005) and drove in 1,584 runs. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, the first Minnesota Twin to be so honored.

Following his retirement, Killebrew was a television broadcaster for the Twins from 1976 to 1978, the Oakland Athletics from 1979 to 1982, the California Angels in 1983 and back with Minnesota from 1984 to 1988. While with Oakland, he also served as a major- and minor-league hitting instructor. In 1990 he retired from business to pursue endorsement and charity work, especially in the fields of preventive and palliative health care charities and international causes. Killebrew currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he chairs the Harmon Killebrew Foundation.

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in July 1987.

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George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia), a third baseman, was the youngest of four sons of a sports-minded family which included his oldest brother Ken, a major-league pitcher who had pitched in the World Series in 1967 at 19 years old. Brothers John and Bobby had brief careers in the minor leagues. Although George was born in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, the Brett family moved to the Midwest and later to El Segundo, a suburb of Los Angeles, just south of Los Angeles International Airport. George grew up hoping to follow in the footsteps of his three older brothers. He graduated from El Segundo High School in 1971 and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the second round (29th overall) of the 1971 baseball draft. His high school teammate was pitcher Scott McGregor.

His 3,154 career hits are the most by any third baseman in major league history, and 15th all-time. Baseball historian Bill James regards him as the second-best third baseman of all time, trailing only his contemporary, Mike Schmidt. Brett was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999, with what was then the fourth-highest voting percentage in baseball history (98.2%), trailing only Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Ty Cobb. In 2007, Cal Ripken Jr. passed Brett with 98.5% of the vote. His voting percentage was higher than all-time outfielders Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, and Joe DiMaggio. That same year, he ranked Number 55 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. Brett is one of four players in MLB history to accumulate 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and a career .300 batting average (the others are Stan Musial, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron). Most indicative of his hitting style, Brett is sixth on the career doubles list, with 665 (trailing Tris Speaker, Pete Rose, Stan Musial, Ty Cobb, and Craig Biggio). Combining his superior hitting skill with his great defensive ability and team focus (and humility), George Brett is arguably one of the most complete baseball players of all time.

Following the end of his baseball career, Brett became a vice president of the Royals and has worked as a part-time coach, as a special instructor in spring training, filling in as the batting coach, and as a minor league instructor dispatched to help prospects develop. In 1998, an investor group headed by Brett and his older brother, Bobby, made an unsuccessful bid to purchase the Kansas City Royals. He also runs a baseball equipment company, Brett Bros., with Bobby and, until his death, Ken Brett. He has also lent his name to a restaurant on the Country Club Plaza.

In 1992, Brett married the former Leslie Davenport and they currently reside in the Kansas City suburb of Mission Hills, KS. The couple has three children: Jackson (named after the ballplayer's father), Dylan, and Robin (named for fellow Hall of Famer Robin Yount of the Milwaukee Brewers).

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This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in July 1987.

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Despite playing most of his 21 year career with Milwaukee, Hall of Famer Paul Molitor's favorite All-Star game memory was in his home town of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Few major leaguers come from that area, but for this All-Star game, Paul remembers how three local heroes shined.

This episode originally aired July 14, 1987.

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Among many firsts in Fred Lynn's career that lasted from 1974-1990, he's the first player ever to hit a grand slam in an All-Star Game. In this episode, he remembers when he realized what he did.

This episode originally aired July 1, 1987.

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Al Kaline never spent time in the minor leagues and played his entire career for the Detroit Tigers. His biggest thrill in the majors was fulfilling a life long dream of wearing a big league uniform

This episode originally aired April 20, 1987.

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Tommy Lasorda has always been known as a great ambassador to Baseball, and the long time manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He'll be the first to tell you that he was a quality Major League pitcher who shouldn't have been sent down to the minors in 1955. He remembers the bad choice the Dodgers management made in sending him down and who took his spot in the rotation.

This episode originally aired July 17, 1987.

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Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. (born January 31, 1947) is a former American right-handed pitcher who played in a major league record 27 seasons for the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers, from 1966 to 1993.

Ryan, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, threw pitches that were regularly recorded above 100 mph, even past the age of 40. The media tagged him, or more specifically his pitching, as "The Ryan Express" (a reference to the 1965 film Von Ryan's Express).

Ryan was an eight-time MLB All-Star, and his 5,714 career strikeouts rank first in baseball history. He leads the runner-up by over 1,000 strikeouts as of early in the 2007 season. The pitcher in second place as of early 2007 varies between Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson, who are both active and who are both over the 4,600-strikeout mark. Similarly, Ryan's 2,795 bases on balls lead second-place Steve Carlton by 962—walking over 50% more hitters than any other pitcher in Major League history.

Ryan is also the all-time leader in no-hitters with seven, three more than any other pitcher. He is tied with Bob Feller for the most one-hitters with 12. Ryan also pitched 18 two-hitters.

This episode originally aired September 11, 1987.

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Nicknamed "King Carl" by the fans and "The Meal Ticket" by his teammates, Carl Hubbell played his entire career for the New York Giants between 1928-1943. With a slow delivery of his devastating screwball, Hubbell recorded five consecutive 20-win seasons for the Giants (1933-37), and helped his team to three NL pennants and the 1933 World Series title.

In the 1934 All-Star game played at the Polo Grounds, Hubbell set a record by striking out in succession five batters destined for Cooperstown: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin. For the 50th anniversary of this legendary performance, Hubbell was on hand at the 1984 All-Star Game at the Giants' Candlestick Park in San Francisco to throw out the first pitch (a screwball of course).

Hubbell died due to injuries sustained in an auto accident in Scottsdale, Arizona at 85 years of age in 1988.

This interview, recorded during the Giants' 1987 Spring Training camp, features Hubbell talking about his first game in the Major Leagues and being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

This episode originally aired August 24, 1987, 44 years after his final game.

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Roger Clemens big league debut with the Boston Red Sox was May 15, 1984. In this interview conducted during Spring Training of 1987, he recalls a cold night against Cleveland.

This episode originally aired May 12, 1987.

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After Pete Rose completed his playing career as one of the most celebrated baseball players ever, he became a playing manager, then managed the Cincinnati Reds from 1984-1987. Beyond playing, Rose had a tremendous knowlege of baseball history. He shares his thoughts on the game's greatest player.

This episode originally aired May 14, 1987.

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Kirby Puckett had only played in the Major Leagues for two seasons when this interview was recorded during Spring Training of 1987. His career lasted through 1995.

In 1987, Puckett led the Twins to the World Series. Their second since relocating to Minnesota (1965 loss to the LA Dodgers) came after batting .332 with 28 home runs and 99 RBI in the regular season. His performance was even more impressive in the seven-game Series upset over the St. Louis Cardinals, batting a whopping .357. (wikipedia)

This episode originally aired the second week of May, on Mother's Day, 1987.

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"A ballpark is an empty place until you put people in it." Warren Spahn loved the sounds and anticipation of Opening Day and shares his memories of his 21 seasons.

This episode originally aired the first week of the 1987 baseball season.

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Whitey Ford pitched for the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the 1955 World Series. One of the most famous pieces of historic footage of that game was when the Dodgers' Jackie Robinson stole home, Whitey remembers that moment.

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Hall of Fame Shortstop Pee Wee Reese was from Louisville, Kentucky and never knew a black person until Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Pee Wee remembers that day and his teammate fondly.

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“A safe, decent, affordable home is like a vaccine — it literally keeps children healthy,” says Dr. Megan Sandel, Co-Principal Investigator at Children’s Health Watch; Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Public Health at Boston University Schools for Medicine and Public Health; and Medical Director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. In this month’s episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Dr. Sandel joins host Joanne Greene in a lively and informative discussion on the impacts of what Dr. Sandel calls “housing insecurity”– overcrowded conditions, frequent moves, unsafe or unsanitary conditions, and inability to keep up with rents–on the health of children, particularly those between the ages of zero and three.

RESOURCES

* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast at EdenHousing.org
* For additional information on this topic, visit:
* ChildrensHealthwatch.org
* Medical-LegalPartnership.org
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Jennifer Peck, founding member and Executive Director of the Oakland, CA based Partnership for Children & Youth joins Affordable Housing Podcast host Joanne Greene to discuss this organization’s services and accomplishments that started in 1997. Their primary goal is to connect schools and their community partners in underserved Bay Area communities with available public and private resources. They’re also committed to improving the effectiveness of funding streams and services for low-income children so that all children have the learning, health and social support they need to succeed in school and in life.

RESOURCES
* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast on Eden Housing’s website.
* For more information on Partnership for Children & Youth, please visit PartnerForChildren.org.
* For resources on back to school services you may also visit SummerMatters2You.net
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Larry Minnix, President and CEO of Leading Age, a Washington, D.C. based association dedicated to making America a better place to grow old. LeadingAge focuses on advocacy, education and applied research, promoting adult day services, home health, hospice, community-based services, and Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, known as PAC. Host Joanne Greene invites Larry to discuss their work on senior housing, assisted living, continuing care communities, & nursing homes as well as technology solutions and practices that support the health and well-being of seniors, children and those with special needs.
LeadingAge members comprise 6,000 not-for-profit organizations, 39 state partners, hundreds of businesses, research partners, consumer organizations, foundations and a broad global network of aging services organizations that reach more than 30 countries.
Eden Housing has promoted senior housing and aging in place throughout its history.

RESOURCES
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* For more information on Leading Age, please visit LeadingAge.org.
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Dianne Spaulding, Executive Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) returns to discuss the challenges and opportunities of inclusionary housing in California. Creatively implemented by cities and counties throughout the Country, inclusionary housing policies are an innovative solution to fund the development of greatly needed affordable housing for lower-income residents. These policies, tailored by local jurisdictions to meet their unique community needs, require developers to offer lower-priced units in otherwise market-rate developments, or encourage their inclusion through incentives.

NPH has gained a national reputation for many of its capacity building initiatives including the areas of technical assistance and training, inclusionary zoning, housing element campaigns, community acceptance strategies planning and other groundbreaking approaches to boosting the supply of affordable housing production.

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* For more information on Inclusionary Housing, please visit www.nhc.org.
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When California’s redevelopment agencies were eliminated, affordable housing took a crushing blow. Advocates throughout the State are mobilizing to create a new dedicated funding source for affordable housing through the California Homes and Jobs Act. On this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, brought to you by Eden Housing, host Joanne Greene speaks to our guest California Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Chairman of the Housing and Transportation Subcommittee and sponsor of SB 391, the California Homes and Jobs Act. SB 391 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on April 9, 2013.

As chair of Transportation and Housing, Senator DeSaulnier has fought for greater accountability on the state’s transportation infrastructure projects. Through other committee assignments Senator DeSaulnier has been a strong advocate for California’s more vulnerable populations, introducing legislation to support underserved, homeless and foster youth.

In late 2011 – early 2012, the California Supreme Court rendered a set of decisions that resulted in the elimination of redevelopment agencies. That effectively eliminated a billion dollars a year that local governments were using to help create and preserve affordable housing. Senator DeSaulnier was a leader in efforts to save housing funding.

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* For more information on SB 391, please visit www.cahomesandjobsact.org.
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Severely wounded American Veterans are returning home from years of service to our Country and facing huge challenges with housing, employment, and support services. Our guest on this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast is Mike Conklin, founder of the nonprofit organization Sentinels of Freedom. Mike, the father of three Army Rangers, describes to host Joanne Greene how Sentinels of Freedom connects permanently disabled Veterans with caring community volunteers who pool their resources to provide four years of housing, an accessible vehicle, a suitable job, ongoing community support, and self-sufficiency services.

For information on how to get involved, please visit http://SentinelsOfFreedom.org

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This episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast kicks off our sixth year of podcasting with a look at the current state of federal housing policy and the challenges we face now and in the future. Our guest is David Gasson, Executive Director of the Housing Advisory Group, an organization founded in 1993 to advocate on behalf of affordable housing issues in Washington, D.C. Federal housing programs such as those administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the mortgage interest deduction, and Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC) are discussed. Gasson is also the VP and Director of Corporate Communications for Boston Capital, a diversified, real estate investment and advisory firm, serving clients nationwide and internationally.

For more information on how you can help protect and preserve the Housing Credit, visit http://rentalhousingaction.org.

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The National Housing Conference (NHC) has helped to ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all people in the United States since 1931. This episode features a conversation with the new NHC President and CEO, Chris Estes. Chris speaks with host Joanne Greene about his new role, the current state of housing issues and challenges, and how we can all work toward more effective housing policy and improved federal funding.

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The world has gone digital, and like everything else, access to digital technology and adoption isn’t as accessible in low income communities. It is becoming increasingly imperative for educational advancement, health improvement, employment, and well-being to have access to a computer and the Internet. Nearly three of four California households have broadband Internet connections at home, which represents a 33 percent increase in home adoptions since 2008. California is leading the nation, but there is more work to do to connect unserved and underserved communities.

This special edition of the Affordable Housing Podcast brings you a panel discussion that highlights critical efforts and bold successes in bridging the digital divide. Guests include Luis Arteaga, Director of Emerging Markets of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF); Rachelle Chong, Regional Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast’s California region; Linda Mandolini, President of Eden Housing; and host Joanne Greene.

RESOURCES

· Learn more about CETF at CETF.org

· For more information about Internet Essentials which provides affordable Internet access, a low-cost computer, and free Internet training for eligible families,

o Call 1.855.846.8376 or visit internetessentials.com

o For Spanish speakers, call 1.855.765.6995 or visit Internetbasico.com

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, we travel back down under for part 2 of “Affordable Housing in Australia”. We welcome back Ken Marchingo in a engaging discussion with host Joanne Greene about the Australia’s housing landscape, the cost of not providing affordable housing, and how Haven; Home Safe partners with the government as a solution in affordable housing. Ken, founder and CEO of Haven; Home, Safe, is a pioneer in the field of social housing and housing affordability. Haven; Home, Safe is Australia’s only vertically integrated affordable housing association and homelessness services provider.

For more information, visit:

www.ahuri.edu.au
www.haven.org.au
www.powerhousingaustralia.com

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On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, David Smith, founder and Chairman of Recap Real Estate Advisors shares his insights on current and potential initiatives to improve the health of affordable housing in the U.S.A. Smith is also founder of the global non-profit Affordable Housing Institute, which develops sustainable housing financial ecosystems worldwide.

For more information, visit:

* Recap Real Estate Advisors
* Affordable Housing Institute

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In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast we travel down under to learn about affordable housing in Australia. Joining us is Ken Marchingo, founder and CEO of Haven; Home, Safe. Marchingo is a pioneer in the field of social housing and housing affordability. Haven; Home, Safe is Australia’s only vertically integrated affordable housing association and homelessness services provider.

For more information about affordable housing in Australia, visit www.ahuri.edu.au.

To learn more about Haven; Home, Safe, visit haven.org.au.

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Buildings account for 42% of all U.S. GHG emissions. Reducing occupant energy consumption through behavior change can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. Behavioral changes have little to no cost and require no regulation to achieve. Recent studies show that simply giving office building occupants a web page where they can track their energy usage can lead to a 15% reduction in individual usage. Also, it has been shown that when given feedback, college students reduce their energy usage by between 12-40%.

The Climate, Buildings, and Behavior (CBB) Project, a component of the Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) program at the Garrison Institute in New York, helps real estate developers, managers and owners to utilize knowledge from the neuro, behavioral and social sciences to design effective energy consumption behavior change programs. Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Ph.D discusses the work of the CMB with host Joanne Greene.

For more information on the CMB, visit:

http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/cmb-video
http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/cbb-video
http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/ccb-video

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In February 2012, President Obama submitted a $3.8 trillion budget to Congress with $4 trillion in long-term deficit reduction measures that included spending cuts, tax increases and other measures of tax reform. The President called for $44.76 billion to be spent on programs in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a 3.2% increase over the previous year’s budget.

Affordable Housing Podcast host Joanne Greene discusses the potential impact of these budgets with Ali Solis, Senior Vice President and Public Policy and Corporate Affairs Executive for Enterprise Community Partners.

For more information, visit http://EnterpriseCommunity.org or http://RentalHousingAction.org.

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Homelessness is one of the sadder outcomes of our economic crisis. Child homelessness is, perhaps, the most tragic result. According to America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010, a report by The National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH), more than 1.6 million American children, or one in 45 children, are homeless each year – a 38% increase in child homelessness from 2007 to 2010.

On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, we welcome back Dr. Ellen Bassuk, founder and president of NCFH and discuss highlights from this groundbreaking report, including trends in child and family homelessness across America and state and federal policy priorities for 2012.

For more information, visit
http://www.familyhomelessness.org.

Download a copy of the report and details regarding each state
http://www.homelesschildrenamerica.org/reportcard.php

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As part of its effort to balance the budget in 2011, the Governor and the State Legislature voted to eliminate local Redevelopment Agencies throughout the State of California. The legislation passed two trailer bills along with the budget – AB 1×26 eliminated redevelopment agencies and AB 1×27 would have allowed them to continue to exist if they made payments to the State to help balance the budget in this fiscal year and future years. The Redevelopment Agencies sued the State of California in an effort to strike down both pieces of legislation. On December 29th, the Supreme Court ruled that AB 26, the bill to eliminate redevelopment agencies is legal and struck down AB 27, ruling that under Proposition 22, it is illegal to force the localities to pay the State. This is the worst possible outcome for affordable housing because 20% of Redevelopment Funding, nearly $1 billion a year, was dedicated to affordable housing production in 400 jurisdictions throughout the State.

The Affordable Housing podcast has been following this issue closely and we have invited back Lynn Hutchins, a partner at Goldfarb and Lipman LLP, a leading redevelopment law firm in California, to discuss the short and long term implications of the Court’s decision.

Previous Affordable Housing Podcast episodes on this subject can be listened to on Eden Housing’s website at http://www.edenhousing.org/podcast.asp.

For more information, visit:

· Senator President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg’s website http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/,
· Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California http://nonprofithousing.org,
· Housing California http://www.housingca.org, or
· Goldfarb and Lipman LLP http://goldfarblipman.com

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Earlier this year, California passed two pieces of legislation – ABX 126 and 127 – that could have major consequences for affordable housing. On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, we focus on the pending State Supreme Court decisions on the legality of these bills and, more generally, how the future looks for redevelopment agency financing. Host Joanne Greene speaks with Michael Kiely, a partner in the Real Estate and Land Use and Natural Resources Practice Groups of the firm Sheppard Mullin in Los Angeles. Michael has extensive experience in real estate development transactions with a public/private emphasis, including redevelopment, relocation, mixed-use and transit-oriented development projects, and public finance, including tax increment financing.

Michael is a regular blog contributor at http://SheppardMullin.com

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Since 1968, NeighborWorks America has been a national leader in affordable housing and community development with a great track record of creating opportunities for lower income people to live in affordable homes in safe, sustainable neighborhoods. On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, NeighborWorks Chief Executive Officer Eileen Fitzgerald discusses the organization’s history, the housing challenges around the country, and how NeighborWorks is helping to revitalize and strengthen communities.

NeighborWorks America can be found at http://nw.org

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Since 1975 California Housing Finance Agency (Cal HFA) has served first-time homebuyers by creating loans that meet the needs of lower income buyers and financing multi-family housing. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast from Eden Housing, host Joanne Greene speaks with Cal HFA Executive Director Claudio Cappio, recently appointed by Governor Brown, about the Cal HFA’s programs, the housing challenges in California and her views on the current administration’s thoughts on moving forward in the State’s housing policies.

Visit http://calhfa.ca.gov.
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The State of California approved a budget that eliminates redevelopment agencies throughout the State. Agencies can “opt” to stay alive by making payments to the State that help fill the budget deficit. Lynn Hutchins of Goldfarb and Lipman, one of California’s leading real estate law firms in affordable housing and redevelopment, joins host Joanne Greene to discuss the details.

For more information, visit http://www.calredevelop.org/, or http://goldfarblipman.com/.
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This month on the Affordable Housing Podcast, we’d like to bring you the majority of a panel discussion sponsored by Eden Housing, Enterprise Community Partners and StopWaste.org in coordination with the East Bay Housing Organization’s Affordable Housing Week and the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development. The topic of this panel recorded on May 13, 2011 us “Greening the Affordable Housing Portfolio: Upgrading Multi-Family Housing and Encouraging Tenant Involvement”.
The Keynote address and panel moderation is provided by Ophelia Basgal, HUD Regional Director. Panelists included Linda Mandolini, Executive Director of Eden Housing. Maryann Leshin, Director, Northern California Programs of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., and Karen Kho, Senior Program Manager for StopWaste.Org.

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It is difficult to address affordable housing without considering the issues of poverty and unemployment. They’re inextricably connected and, often, the most successful programs are those that address more than one aspect of the vicious cycle that prevents so many people from being able to attain the dignity and security that make for a productive life. This episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast features a conversation with Carla Javits, President of REDF – Roberts Enterprise Development Fund- which has pioneered a model to employ individuals who are overcoming chronic poverty, homelessness, criminal history, substance abuse or mental illness. REDF helps to create and grow “double bottom line” enterprises that earn income while employing people with high barriers.

For more information about REDF, please visit http://www.redf.org.

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In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy for Consumer Federation of America, addresses President Obama’s call for the unwinding of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the future of Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs).

For more information, visit the Housing page at http://consumerfed.org .

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EH#45 As we work to protect housing funding here in California, the Federal Government is working on the budget for Federal Housing Programs, many of which will also face cuts in the coming year. The ripple effects on affordable housing production look to be severe. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Barbara Burnham, Vice President of Federal Policy for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Washington DC, offers an overview of the 2011 and 2012 Federal Housing budgets being proposed by the House of Representatives and the Obama Administration.

More information can be found at LISC.org. A list of helpful websites can be found at http://edenhousing.org/library/helpfulwebsites.pdf

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EH#44 How can we shift people’s behavior in buildings to be greener? Three of the nation’s leading experts in the field of affordable housing and green building, Linda Mandolini, Executive Director of Eden Housing; Dana Bourland, VP of Green Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners; and Jonathon Rose, CEO and Founder of the Jonathon Rose Companies join host Joanne Greene for a lively panel discussion on engaging residents and staff to change their behavior to create healthier and greener buildings.

More information can be found at GarrisonInstitute.org and EnterpriseCommunity.org

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The nonprofit National Housing Conference helps ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all by advocating for effective housing policy solutions at the local, state and national levels. Its research arm, the Center for Housing Policy, develops solutions. Keith Wardrip, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Housing Policy discusses with host Joanne Greene a recent report, “Building California’s Future”, that analyzed housing construction and its economic impact in California. The findings overall, indicated that California’s economy benefits substantially when a new home is built even with the economic downturn and declining home values. For more information or to access the full report, visit the National Housing Conference website at www.nhc.org.

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Ophelia Basgal, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Western Region, talks to host Joanne Greene about HUD’s mission and HUD’s priorities in the SF Bay Area and country, including sustainability, foreclosure prevention, and affordable housing preservation. For more information, go to www.HUD.gov.

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Executive Director of On Lok, Robert Edmondson, talks with host Joanne Greene about the PACE program which provides comprehensive care for low income elderly including medical, social and supportive services to frail seniors. Eden Housing is partnering with On Lok Lifeways on Peralta Senior Housing, a new community in Fremont that will provide 98 new affordable apartments for seniors. The project will also include 9,035 sq. ft. of clinic and day center space for On Lok Lifeways where the PACE program will be offered.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

Chris Gouig, Executive Director of the Alameda County Housing Authority and host Joanne Greene discuss PETRA- the Preservation, Enhancement and Transformation of Rental Assistance Act – as proposed by the Obama Administration. Through PETRA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development aims to preserve and renovate thousands of public housing units throughout the country For more go to www.HUD.org/petra.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

Kevin Zwick, Executive Director of the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County (HTSCC) discusses with host Joanne Greene how HTSCC has invested over $33 million and leveraged more than $1.7 billion to create more than 7,800 housing opportunities. HTSCC’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2), funded by a $25 million federal grant, is helping to stabilize neighborhoods affected by the foreclosure crisis and helping low to moderate income earners purchase a home. Find out more at http://housingtrustscc.org/

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

The downturn in the economy has created significant strain on many non-profit organizations, including non-profits that develop affordable housing. The economic situation that non-profit affordable housing developers face nationally and in the State of California is unprecedented. The single largest program that developers use, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, has seen a drop in investment from $9 billion to $4 billion and the State’s primary funding program Proposition 1C is scheduled to run out of bond funds by year end. In the fall of 2009, Citizens Housing, a Bay Area based housing developer that owned more than 2,000 apartment units looked out at the challenges in the funding environment and decided that the long-term prospects for expansion were limited.

Rather than shrinking its operations to subsistence level or waiting for crisis, the Board made a difficult decision to go out of business while at the same time meeting the ultimate goal of assuring the long-term affordability and quality of their portfolio. They reached out to two local non-profits, Eden Housing and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) to help with the transition.

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, leaders from Citizens Housing, Eden Housing, and TNDC join host Joanne Greene in a panel discussion regarding Citizens’ recent transition that preserves over 2,000 affordable homes. They include:

-Noreen Beiro, Former Interim CEO for Citizens
-Don Falk, Executive Director of TNDC
-Dan Lopez, Interim CEO for Citizens and served 15 years on the Citizens Board, with the last 10 years as Board Chair
-Linda Mandolini, Executive Director of Eden Housing

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is investing in a program that will help facilitate the adoption of solar technology in the multifamily affordable housing sector. Host Joanne Greene speaks to Andrew Yip, Supervisor of PG&E’s Solar and Customer Generation Group about MASH, an acronym that stands for Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing Program. For more information on MASH, visit http://www.pge.com/csi/.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

Years ago, California voters wisely passed two ballot initiatives – Props 46 and 1C – and the result was aa $4.1 Billion of affordable housing production. That funding is scheduled to run out at the end of 2010. This episode’s guest is Dianne Spaulding, Executive Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, talks with host Joanne Greene about efforts to create another funding program.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

The proposed FY2011 Obama Administration’s budget include strengthening the housing market, meeting affordable RENTAL housing needs, improving quality of life, continuing the Choice Neighborhood’s Initiative, and transforming the way HUD does business. Paul Weech, Senior Vice President for Policy, at the Housing Partnership Network and Stewards of Affordable Housing joins Joanne Greene of the Affordable Housing Podcast to help decipher what the new budget has in store for affordable housing advocates and nonprofit developers like Eden Housing. Paul is a federal housing policy advocate with more than 25 yrs of experience in housing & financial services. He was a consultant for Innovative Housing Strategies, served as VP for mission strategy & execution at Fannie Mae, chief of staff at the Small Business Administration, & staff director for the Subcommittee on Housing & Community Development for the Senate committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. For more information on the budget go to http://www.budget.gov or http://www.hud.gov

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

The American Dream as defined by Chinese immigrant Bailin Zheng consists of educating your children and having your own home. Scholarships have enabled Miriam Torres to graduate college and contribute enough for her family live in a safe environment. 94 year old Josephine Lopez believes that affordable housing has been a blessing to help her maintain independence.

These are a few of the Eden Housing residents you’ll meet in this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast.

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We are pleased this month to bring you an interview with Carol Galante, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Carol is also the former President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing and served as the second Executive Director of Eden Housing from 1982 to 1987. In this edition of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Carol talks about the Obama Administration’s efforts to promote and preserve affordable housing, the improvement of existing programs and new programs on the horizon.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

Bruce Mast, Program Director for Build It Green <http://BuildItGreen.org> joins host Joanne Greene to talk about this membership supported, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy, energy and resource-efficient building practices in California and beyond.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

Affordable housing for moderate income workers, including teachers, nurses, firefighters, government workers and police officers affects about 40% of the population in high cost cities like Washington D.C, Boston, and San Francisco. Janine Cuneo, VP of Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing discusses their research on the relationship between the transportation costs and housing in the Washington DC area. They invite you to try the Terwilliger Housing + Transportation Calculator, which is a new tool designed to calculate combined housing and transportation costs in the greater Washington, D.C. region. <http://www.uli.org/CostCalculator>

California’s Redevelopment Agencies quietly and effectively revitalize neighborhoods and are a vital tool for creating thousands of affordable housing units in California. Redevelopment Agencies stand to lose more than $2 billion over the next two years under the latest state budget. Host Joanne Greene talks to John Shirey, Executive Director of the California Redevelopment Association about the long term impact of these budget cuts on California’s residents and communities.

Elaine de Coligny, Executive Director of EveryOneHome shares the results of the 2009 Homeless Count for Alameda County with Joanne Greene. 200 volunteers surveyed over 1,200 individuals in January to update local data on how many people and the characteristics of those who are homeless and at-risk of homelessness. Their findings also examine housing situations ranging from on the streets, in shelters, at imminent risk of eviction, staying with friends or relatives on a temporary basis, and in permanent housing using local safety net services.

The negative impact of substandard housing on children and the frail elderly is tremendous. On the is episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with Dr. Sandra Newman, Director and Professor of Policy Studies at John Hopkins University about her research on affordable housing and its impact on these two important elements of society.

The federal economic recovery bill, also known as the Stimulus Package, provides unprecedented funding for building energy retrofits. On this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with Dvora Lovinger, Senior Director of Government Affairs for Enterprise Community Partners, about the specific programs that will help to rehabilitate public housing units, provide grants or loans to owners of “HUD-assisted” housing, help low income homeowners to weatherize their homes, and more.

Partnerships are key to the development of affordable housing and lenders like Wells Fargo Bank play an indispensable role in insuring that projects are completed and services are provided to residents. These days, banks also play an important role in helping customers to understand their options when they’re unable to make payments on their mortgage loans. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, host Joanne Greene speaks with Eden Housing Board member Tim Silva, Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Community Development for Wells Fargo Bank, who explains what the bank is doing to assist customers in avoiding foreclosure.

Internet access and computer education are key components to the services provided to residents of affordable housing developments. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with Alan Greenlee, Vice President of One Economy California, an organization that helps to provide broadband access to low income individuals and other underserved populations. Alan speaks about the funds allocated to broadband in the federal economic stimulus package approved by Congress.

There’s much to be learned from the current housing crisis, according to Wellesley College Economist Karl Case. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, he and host Joanne Greene discuss how we can move forward and take advantage of some of what’s happened to create more affordable housing. Case say the primary lessons are that markets don’t solve all problems, housing prices don’t always go up, and the use of leverage must be controlled.

California ranks 48th in the new state report card on child homelessness, “America’s Youngest Outcasts”. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with Ellen Bassuk, president of the National Council on Family Homelessness, about the new study, how homelessness impacts children adversely, and what is being done throughout the country to address this growing problem, particularly in view of the increased number of home foreclosures.

Though credit has been extremely tight, there has been plenty of activity of late in the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with David Stark, Public Affairs Director for the Bay East Association of Realtors, a trade association serving over 5000 real estate professionals throughout the Bay Area. With a special focus on central and southern Alameda County, Stark assesses the market, what we can anticipate in the months to come, and the impact of foreclosures on the sale of homes.

Details of President Obama’s foreclosure relief plan have been announced and on this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, George Duarte, Vice Chairman of the California Association of Mortgage Brokers, explains how the plan will assist some homeowners in avoiding foreclosure. From his vantage point as both a mortgage and real estate broker, Duarte offers an assessment of where we are in the credit crunch and how things are moving.

There’s much that can be done on the county and city level to aid those who face foreclosure. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia talks about counseling to help residents to maintain their homes as well as efforts to deal with the numerous homes that have been lost in the crisis and are now empty. Supervisor Gioia addresses short term as well as long term solutions to the problem and shares his optimism that things will improve in the new presidential administration.

In her work leading the Child Health Impact Assessment Working Group, Dr. Lauren Smith, Medical Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, has uncovered many links between safe, appropriate affordable housing and children’s health. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Dr. Smith explains the ways in which children’s health suffers when they’re denied stable housing and how connecting the dots will hopefully inform policy to improve access to acceptable affordable housing for low income families.

Substantial investment in affordable housing constitutes economic stimulus that would create not only housing but jobs. In California alone, there are more than 32,000 shovel ready affordable homes that could be started this year, leading to the creation of an estimated 37,000 badly needed jobs. Matt Schwartz, President of the California Housing Partnership Corporation, explains the provisions in the stimulus package that would be most beneficial for affordable housing and asks all advocates to contact their representatives and senators as soon as possible to ask that these funding measures be included.

While an increasing number of families face foreclosure, Santa Clara County’s Blue Ribbon Commission to End Homelessness is doing all it can to provide coordinated services to get people into transitional and permanent housing. Santa Clara County Supervisor Don Gage describes how they’ve made significant progress is getting access to free transportation for homeless community members, lowering the turnaround time for getting food stamps, and providing job counseling and assistance. Visit destinationhome.ning.com to learn more.

In an effort to end America’s affordable housing crisis, the National Low Income Housing Coalition has set an ambitious goal: to build, rehabilitate and preserve 1.5 million affordable rental units. Its president, Sheila Crowley, shares the history of the affordable housing crisis in America, her perspective on the progress made in addressing the problem, and ways in which her organization plans to help the incoming Obama administration develop housing trust fund regulations and protect Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae as initial sources of funding.

The subprime and foreclosure crises are clues to the deep-rooted housing crisis that has plagued our nation for decades. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Andre Shashaty, founder and editor for 15 years of Affordable Housing Finance, shares the advice given to the Obama administration about housing and HUD, the federal department of Housing and Urban Development. Shashaty concludes that HUD needs to be made a much higher priority and be overhauled in order to address fundamental issues. He addresses the Low Income Tax Credit program and the need for more rental and affordable housing in the U.S.

With proper guidance and assistance, many homeowners can avoid foreclosure even when all signs point to losing their homes. Ken Wade, CEO of NeighborWorks America, supports a network of more than 240 affordable housing and community development organizations serving over 4,000 communities. In this podcast episode, he addresses the state of the housing crisis in the U.S. and what’s being done, with the help of $4 million in grants from HUD, to help existing and prospective homeowners understand the mine fields and navigate their way through to successful home ownership.

One of the major policy tools to address the affordable housing crisis is inclusionary housing, also called inclusionary zoning. These ordinances require or encourage market rate developers to include a percentage of homes in their projects – often 10-20% – that will be affordable to low and moderate income households.On this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne speaks with Dianne J. Spauling, Executive Director of the NonProfit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), about the history of inclusionary housing, what works and what doesn’t, and how it is helping to increase the supply of affordable housing in California.

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