Category Archives: baseball

“Sports Talk” Guest Baseball Writer Danny Knobler author “Unwritten”

“Sports Talk” with Don Henderson and Doug Miles talk to baseball writer Danny Knobler author “Unwritten: Bat Flips, the Fun Police, and Baseball’s New Future”. Plus we remember Bill Buckner.





Orioles Announcer Gary Thorne and Sarasota Resident Gary Thorne to Teach Play-By-Play Course at Prestigious Journalism School

(Sarasota, FL ) Sarasota resident and MASN lead play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne, in his 13th year calling Baltimore Orioles games for the regional sports network, will teach a play-by-play course this summer as a visiting professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Thorne will teach the one-of-a-kind course remotely from May 20 through July 8 to a select group of sports journalism majors at the Cronkite School.

Some of the students will be in Massachusetts announcing games for the Cape Cod Baseball League, the premier summer league for star college baseball players, while other students will be engaging in the course from internships around the country.

Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan noted that the school, which was the first in the nation to offer sports journalism degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, has students interested in play-by-play careers.

“Gary Thorne is the quintessential play-by-play announcer,” Callahan said. “His outstanding work covering the Orioles for MASN as well as his work on national baseball and hockey broadcasts make him the ideal professional to teach this unique experience for our students.”

Callahan also noted Thorne’s experience teaching previously at the University of Maine and the University of Maine Law School.

“Our students are tremendously fortunate to be able to learn from one of the best,” he said.

MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, is a regional sports network owned by the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.

The Cronkite School is one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs and home to Arizona PBS. Sports journalism students have the opportunity to cover the Cactus League and other major league sports events and issues from news bureaus in Phoenix and Los Angeles and benefit from professional partnerships with the Pac-12 Networks, FOX Sports, ESPN, MLB.com and others.





Book Review: “After the Miracle, the Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets” by Art Shamsky

Fifty years ago, a baseball team captured the hearts of generations of New Yorkers by winning a World Series against improbable, if not impossible odds. That team, nicknamed “The Amazin’ Mets” continues to live on in the memories of those who experienced a special time in New York baseball.

One of the players on that team, Art Shamsky, has written a book (“After the Miracle, the Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets”) recounting each game the Mets played against the powerhouse Baltimore Orioles. More importantly, the book describes a poignant mini-reunion at the California home of the Mets ace pitcher, Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, who is sadly battling dementia.

Seaver recently announced the diagnosis, which came as a shock to baseball fans around the country who saw him pitch and still imagine the right-hander as forever young in their hearts and minds.

Bud Harrelson, the Mets gritty shortstop, who made the trip to see his former teammate, is also fighting dementia, making this reunion perhaps a final chance to reminisce about that great season a half century ago.

Shamsky, along with fellow outfielder Ron Swoboda, pitcher Jerry Koosman and Harrelson got together at Seaver’s Fresno, California home where he has been growing grapes and making wine since he retired as a pitcher and longtime broadcaster of both the Mets and Yankees and before that NBC’s Game of the Week.

According to Shamsky, it was a hit or miss opportunity to make this reunion happen. Seaver’s wife of more than 50 years, Nancy told him that Tom has good and bad days and to call before heading over. Fortunately, on the day the group made the long drive from San Francisco to Seaver’s home, Tom was having one of his good days. The former teammates had lunch, walked in the vineyards and went back in time to relive the great moments of their championship season.

As a 3rd grader in 1969, I wasn’t yet following the day-to-day goings on in sports that closely in New York. However, as the Mets became the talk of baseball in September and won the division and eventually the National League pennant, we all started to pay attention. During lunch recess, our elementary school wheeled these old, black and white TV’s into the auditorium so we could watch a few minutes of the World Series. Remember, those were the good old days when the Series was played in the afternoon.

When the Mets won the World Series in game five, a teacher came outside as we were waiting for the school bus and told us the news. The celebration on the ride home was as jubilant as what was going on at Shea Stadium.

I recommend the book for anyone who would like to relive that special time or for those who want to find out what made it so meaningful.

Click here to listen to my conversation with Art Shamsky.





1969 Mets Outfielder Art Shamsky Interview “After the Miracle”

Doug Miles talks to Art Shamsky about his book on the 1969 Mets “After the Miracle, The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets”. You may order the book below in the Amazon box.





Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles 4-6-19

Don Henderson and Doug Miles recap the first week of major league baseball, preview the NHL playoffs and Masters.





Baltimore Orioles Baseball Extended Spring Training Schedule in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) With the Major League Baseball season now underway, the Baltimore Orioles’ year-round baseball operations continue in Sarasota with Extended Spring Training. The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in April, May and June. Gates open 30 minutes before game time, and there is no charge to attend the games. Free parking is available in the East Lot. Please note that game times and locations are subject to change without notice due to weather and field conditions.





Bradenton Marauders to Open 10th Season April 4th vs. the St. Lucie Mets

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will open the 10th season in franchise history beginning Thursday, April 4th against the Pt. St. Lucie Mets on the road. The team’s home opener in Bradenton is Saturday, April 6 also against the St. Lucie Mets, with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and the first pitch of the season at 6:30 p.m.

Opening Night features the ZOOperstars troupe of inflatable entertainers who will take the field between innings. Each of the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Marauders in the Majors Deck of Playing cards. After the game there will be a fireworks show from Zambelli Fireworks. Each Saturday game will also feature Baseball Bingo.

During the game, a used baseball equipment sale will be held inside the ballpark. Equipment used by Pirates players during Spring Training at Pirate City and LECOM Park will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit Pirates Charities.

Marauders fans have their first chance to meet the Marauders at LECOM Park on April 2. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be attended by every player and the coaching staff. A formal announcement of the roster will take place at approximately 6:45 p.m., followed by an autograph session on the field. There is no charge to enter the event.

Sunday, April 7 features the first Kids Fun Run of the season. After the game all fans 12 and younger can take part in a fun run around the bases. The game begins at 1:00 with gates opening at noon. Sunday games at LECOM Park will include “kids concessions stands” focused on providing food options for younger fans, as well as opportunities to spin the prize wheel and win Marauders prizes.

The LECOM Park ticket office opens for the season on Tuesday, April 2. It will be open on Tuesday-Friday non-gamedays from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. On gamedays the box office will be open on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until the end of the game and on weekends from two hours before first pitch until the end of the game. The box office will open two hours prior to any 10:30 a.m. games.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders visit www.BradentonMarauders.com





Baltimore Orioles Spring Attendance Hits 100K Mark for 9th Time in 10 Seasons in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) With today’s crowd of 7,357 for this season’s Spring Training finale at Ed Smith Stadium against the N.Y. Mets, the Baltimore Orioles have drawn a total of 103,167 fans for 16 home games in Sarasota. It is the ninth time in 10 seasons that the Orioles have welcomed more than 100,000 fans at Ed Smith Stadium. Since moving Major League operations to Sarasota, 1,091,516 fans have enjoyed Orioles Spring Training baseball in Sarasota.

The Orioles recorded five sellouts this spring, including drawing a crowd of 8,623 on Wednesday, March 20 against Boston, the fifth-highest single-game attendance total at Ed Smith Stadium. On average, the club welcomed 6,448 fans per game, finishing among the top teams in Grapefruit League attendance.





Joe Garagiola Interview with Doug Miles WSRQ Radio 2008

As the major league baseball season gets underway, a look back at one of the great broadcasters of the game, Joe Garagiola. This interview is from 2008.





Spring Training Report Sarasota 3-17-19 MLB Rule Changes

Don Henderson and Doug Miles broadcast from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota on St. Patrick’s Day. Topics include MLB rule changes, Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees.