The Chicago Cubs Once Had A “College of Coaches” Instead of a Manager (Cool Weird Awesome 693)

Today in 1961, the Chicago Cubs announced they wouldn't hire a manager for the new season, and would instead use a rotating "College" of coaches. You can probably guess how well that worked out.

By |2022-01-12T06:49:54-05:00January 12, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Massachusetts Is Putting Solar Panels On Highway Sound Barriers (Cool Weird Awesome 656)

There are countless efforts underway to bring more green energy into the world, and some of them are in some unusual places. Like a project in Massachusetts that’s going to try mounting solar panels on those sound-absorbing barriers on the sides of the highway. Plus: today in 1859, New York City is host to what's believed to be the first ever baseball game between two Black teams. 

By |2021-11-15T06:39:59-05:00November 15, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Carlton Fisk’s Home Run Wave Changed TV Sports, But It Almost Didn’t Get Filmed At All (Cool Weird Awesome 639)

Today in 1975, game 6 of the World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox. The iconic clip of Carlton Fisk waving his game-winning home run fair was caught by the camera kind of by accident. Plus: a couple in the UK gets a ticket because a traffic camera caught their car driving in the bus-only lane, except that they weren't in the bus-only lane. Or in a car. Or in that city. 

Willie Mays Made The Catch, And That Was Only The Start Of His Play (Cool Weird Awesome 623)

Today in 1954, Willie Mays made one of the most amazing plays in baseball history - an over the shoulder catch in deep center field, followed by a throw that kept the opposing baserunners from scoring. And yet, Mays was so great that some researchers say The Catch wasn't even his greatest catch! Plus: for Goose Day, a visit to Belfast to see a statue in honor of Alec the Goose. 

By |2021-09-29T06:54:47-04:00September 29, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Germany Schaefer, The Baseball Player Who Stole First Base (Cool Weird Awesome 588)

Today in 1911, a very strange thing happened in a baseball game: a guy on second base ran backwards and stole first base, the base he'd just been on. Here's his very unusual story. Plus: today in 1901 music legend Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, but if you want to take part in events to commemorate his birthday, you’re a month late.

By |2021-08-04T07:10:52-04:00August 4, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Stephen Bishop Explored Mammoth Cave And Shared It With The World (Cool Weird Awesome 557)

The man now known as “First Guide & Explorer of Mammoth Cave," had been enslaved in the 19th century and sent to explore what was becoming a hot tourist site. He set the bar for every guide who came after him. Plus: today in 1976, a baseball game at the Houston Astrodome was called off... due to weather?!?

By |2021-06-15T09:18:25-04:00June 15, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Little Leaguer Katie Brownell Once Struck Out Every Batter In An Entire Game (Cool Weird Awesome 536)

Today in 2005, an 11 year old pitcher in upstate New York, Katie Brownell, brought her A-game to the Little League field. She not only pitched a perfect game, she struck out all 18 batters she faced! Plus: Houston's famous Art Car Parade is back this weekend. 

By |2021-09-28T06:56:58-04:00May 14, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Very First Computer Bug Was An Actual Bug (Cool Weird Awesome 377)

On this day in 1947, a team working on a computer at Harvard University discovered the first computer bug: a moth that had gotten trapped in the electronics. Plus: today in 2005, a guy writes to Major League Baseball to get that expressed written consent they always talk about to rebroadcast or retransmit a game.

By |2020-09-09T07:33:13-04:00September 9, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

A Minor League Team Once Held A Game Without Fans As A Publicity Stunt (Cool Weird Awesome 345)

Most sports teams do promotions to get more fans into the games, but in 2002 the Charleston, S.C. RiverDogs held "Nobody Night," turning fans away at the gate to have an official attendance of zero. Plus: want to see a giant metal baseball? Drop by next time you're in Muscotah, Kansas.

By |2021-06-28T11:53:30-04:00July 27, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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