Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley break down the Corbin Burnes trade between the Orioles and Brewers, then (23:19) talk to 81-year-old Don Kessinger, former six-time All-Star shortstop for the Cubs, about being an amateur multi-sport star, learning to switch-hit after making the majors, playing in Sandy Koufax’s perfect game, hitting in the low-offense 1960s, facing Nolan Ryan and Bob Gibson, doing Derek Jeter’s jump throw before Jeter did, being the American League’s last player-manager, the 1969 Cubs, his memories of Leo Durocher and Bill Veeck, Disco Demolition Night, being the father and grandfather, respectively, of big leaguers Keith Kessinger and Grae Kessinger, how pitching today compares to pitching during his era, and much more, plus (1:11:59) a few follow-ups.
Audio intro: Ian Phillips, “Effectively Wild Theme”Audio outro: Beatwriter, “Effectively Wild Theme”
Link to Ben Clemens on BurnesLink to Logenhagen on MilwaukeeLink to FG SP depth chartsLink to Kessinger SABR bioLink to more from SABRLink to Prospect League pageLink to CICL wikiLink to 1963 articleLink to Episode 1963Link to perfect game callLink to perfect game logLink to perfect game wikiLink to Kessinger vs. pitchersLink to Cardboard Gods on DonLink to retirement TV clipLink to 1969 Cubs clipLink to lowest K rates vs. RyanLink to Disco Demolition clipLink to Mike Veeck on EWLink to article on Don and GraeLink to Grae highlightsLink to lowest-WAR 6-time ASLink to MLBTR on DiekmanLink to Episode 2005Link to MLBTR on Paxton
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