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This Week In Baseball History

Jun 12, 2019

Bernard Malamud's iconic novel The Natural has many inspirations, but its most iconic may be the shooting of Roy Hobbs. The inspiration for it occurred 70 years ago this week, when Eddie Waitkus was gunned down in his hotel by an obsessive fan. We go through the life of Waitkus, the tragic shooting that...


Jun 5, 2019

There's a lot we don't know about Old Hoss Radbourn, including, as it turns out, exactly how many victories he had for Providence and Boston in the 19th century. But, 128 years ago approximately this week, he won his 300th game. Mike and Bill explore Radbourn's life, his historic 1884, and his downfall. Then they're...


May 29, 2019

Phil and Joe Niekro went head-to-head several times over the course of their long and illustrious careers. But in an utterly bizarre coincidence, 43 years ago this week, Joe hit the only home run in his big league career in more than 1200 plate appearances off of his big brother. In an episode abbreviated by the...


May 22, 2019

Few trades in the modern era have altered the course of two franchises like the deal 30 years ago this week that sent Mark Langston from the Seattle Mariners to the Montreal Expos for three pitchers, one of whom was a wild, 6'10" left-hander named Randy Johnson. Obviously, Johnson would go on to become one of...


May 15, 2019

For the 100th fabulous episode of TWIBH, Mike and Bill look at the short but fabulous career of Mark Fidrych, who won his first game 43 years ago this week. Birdmania swept America in 1976, reminding the country that baseball could be and should be fun. Plus, happy birthday to Stubby Overmire and Ed Wright!