Backwards K Pod

Backwards K Pod

An educational and biographical look, at the moments and personalities, that have been woven into the fabric of baseball. Backwards K Where We Collect Ballplayers And Their Stories

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February 21, 2024 81 mins
This week, we cover the life and career of Eddie Murray, who grew up in the gang infested, crime riddled streets of Watts, California. Eddie and his five brothers, who would all go onto professional baseball careers, would escape the allure of drugs and crime by spending their summer days playing baseball throughout East L.A. Eddie was a phenomenal, championship high school pitcher, but he would teach himself how to switch-hit, and...
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This week we dive into the story of Pedro Martinez. The little skinny kid, who grew up in abject poverty in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic, who use to follow his older brother Ramon around from sandlot to sandlot playing baseball. The same kid who couldn't afford baseballs and he would chop the heads off his sister's baby dolls, to use as a cheaper option. From the outhouse to the penthouse, and ultimately the baseball king of his...
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February 7, 2024 86 mins
This week BKP will present the life and baseball career of the face of baseball in the 20th century, Mr George Herman Ruth, better known as the Babe. Besides Jackie Robinson, no baseball player has had more influence on the brand of Major League Baseball, that we consume today, than the Babe. From his rough and tumble childhood, along the docks and water-ports of Baltimore, to learning the game of baseball in a boy's school for the...
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January 31, 2024 71 mins
While none of the bigger fish were reeled in this past week off the free agent market, there was a flurry of activity, and the BKP Hot Stove Report will break them all down for ya. Jake is gonna hit on Hector Nerris going to the Cubs, David Robertson to the World Champion Rangers, Aaron Hicks to the Halos and all the other moves made this past week, as well as his beloved Orioles finally being on the verge of being sold to billiona...
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January 23, 2024 69 mins
This week, BKP opens with the Hot Stove Report, and addresses, the all-in move by the Astros, by acquiring the best closer on the free-agent market, Josh Hader. Now that Houston has one of, if not the best, late-inning trio of arms, coming out of their bully, what are their roles? Also what are the Stros next moves to solidify, the rest of the bullpen, that has seen three free-agent defections, and a season-ending injury to pitcher...
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January 18, 2024 79 mins
This week, we open the show the show with the BKP Hot Stove Report, and Jake asks, " What's next for the Chicago Cubs?"; After netting Japanese Japanese southpaw pitcher Shota Imanaga, and pulling off what he feels is a sneaky good trade, with the Los Angeles Deferrals. The Giants make a curious move by signing the second best closer on the free agent market to become a starter in their 2024 rotation. The Yankees bolster their rota...
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January 10, 2024 97 mins
This week we open the show with the Hot Stove Report, that saw the Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto at it again, as he makes two trades this week with the Giants and Rays. The Giants will receive a former Cy Young Pitcher in the deal, who won't be available, until the second half of the 2024 season. Prompting Jake to wonder, if the Giants GM is on the proverbial hot seat. The Mets make moves to bolster their starting rotation. The Cubs sig...
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January 4, 2024 87 mins
BKP starts off this week with the first Hot Stove Report of 2024, as Jake breaks down the particulars of the trade between the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox; Vaughn Grissom for Chris Sale. Soon after the trade with Atlanta, the Red sox sign RHP Lucas Giolito to a one year contract, with an option for 2025. What do the Braves get out of this deal? Will the Red Sox, with an all right-handed rotation, be aggressive in their pusui...
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December 30, 2023 95 mins
For week seven of the MLB offseason, the show kicks off with the final Hot Stove report of 2023. With the Dodgers spending over a billion dollars on big fish free agents Shohei Ohtani and Japanese import pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, as well as the extension given to new starting pitcher, Tyler Glasnow, Jake wonders aloud if the Dodgers are done with their free agent spending spree? Or could there possibly be another bullet in the g...
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December 19, 2023 84 mins
This week we celebrate the 89th birthday posthumously, of the baseball icon, who went straight from Southern High School in Baltimore, to the Detroit Tigers, all the way to the Pantheon of immortals in Cooperstown, New York, without spending one day in the minor leagues. As the 2023 calendar melts away, we add Mr Tiger; Al Kaline to our collecrion of ballplayers and their stories. #AlKaline #NicolasKaline #DetroitTigers #SouthernHi...
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December 12, 2023 76 mins
What do you get when you have two baseball teams play each other, after having a dugout clearing brawl a week earlier? Combined with a stadium, full of angry fans, fueled for nine innings, on unlimited cups of beer, costing only a dime? You get absolute chaos, is what you get. This is the unforgettable story of Ten Cent Beer Night; The Texas Rangers vs. The Cleveland Indians. June 4th, 1974, Municipal Stadium #TexasRangers #Clevel...
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December 5, 2023 82 mins
This week we will bear witness to the scintillating career, and the journey, of the kid from small-town BInger, Oklahoma, all the way to the pantheon of the baseball immortals, in Cooperstown, New York, as arguably the greatest catcher, the sport of baseball has ever seen. This week we are talking Johnny Bench. #JohnnyBench #TedBench #BigRedMachine #ThurmanMunson #SparkyAnderson #TonyRobello #JohnnyEdwards #RandyHundley #JimMaloney...
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November 28, 2023 84 mins
As Ivan Rodriguez was awaiting the ceremonial first pitch, from former President George W. Bush, at Game One of the 2023 World Series, Pudge ostensibly saw his baseball life flash before his eyes. The kid from the Puerto Rico countryside, who would run around Vega Baja, carrying a stick-bat, and a ball made of rolled-up tape. That same kid who would sign a contract with the Texas Rangers, at the age of 16, after team scouts witness...
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Lyman Bostock had it all. He had the genetic lineage, as his father was a star outfielder for the Birmingham Black Barons in the Negro Leaguess during the 1940's. He had a sweet left-handed stroke, that seemingly launched gap-seeking linedrives at will. He had blazing speed, great baseball instincts, and played Gold Glove caliber defense in Center Field. In his first two full seasons while playing for the Minnesota Twins, Bostock ...
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November 14, 2023 90 mins
This week we take a deep dive, into the life and career, of arguably one of the greatest pitchers of the modern game, Bob Gibson. From his humble beginnings of abject poverty, growing up in a project housing complex in Omaha, Nebraska, to becoming the first African-American student-athlete, to earn a full scholarship at Creighton University to play basketball. His amazing four month run, playing basketball with the World Famous Ha...
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November 7, 2023 59 mins
This week, Backwards K Pod, wraps up the incredible 2023 MLB season, with the crowning and well deserved coronation, of the World Champion Texas Rangers. We give our solemn goodbyes posthumously, to slugger Frank Howard. A prodigious bat during the 60's and 70's, for the Dodgers, Senators and Rangers, who died October 30th, in Aldie, Virginia, after complications from a stroke. And last but not least, the detailed biography about a...
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October 30, 2023 74 mins
After a half decade of missed opportunities, political wrangling, financial issues and eventually watching Denver and Miami, recieve new baseball franchises; the NBA Suns owner, Jerry Colangelo, becomes the face of a group, trying to bring a team to the Phoenix metropolitan area, in the next round of expansions, set to begin in 1998. This responsibility requires him to not only bring an MLB team to the Valley, but he also needs to...
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October 24, 2023 85 mins
This week we examine the life and career of one of baseballs most prodigous power htters that ever lived, Jimmy Foxx; The Beast. The powerful farm boy from Sudlersville, MD, who was signed by Connie Mack at the age of 16, and made his major league debut, before the end of his high school junior year. Even though, he is statistically, the most dominate major league hitter of the 1930's decade, Double X is often overshadowed, by the ...
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October 17, 2023 70 mins
With Shibe Park, Crosley Field, the Polo Grounds, Forbes Field and Comiskey Park already in our BKP collection, this week we add the grand-daddy of all the throwback cribs; the iconic and majestic Ebbets Field of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The former home of dem bums, the Brooklyn Dodgers. Throughout sports, there are certain franchises, that have such a storied tradition, that their legacy never dies. The Brooklyn Dodgers fit this bill,...
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The all-black baseball team, the Wichita Monrovians, existed in an era, where much of their historical record of team exploits, and stats have been lost in time. But their legacy endures after almost 100 years, because of their victory over the domestic terrorist organization, the Wichita Klu Klux Klan #6 baseball team in 1925. #JakeRobinson #WichitaMonrovians #KluKluxKlan #WesternColoredLeague #ThomasJeffersonYoung #NewtJoseph @An...
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