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Tributes: Don Zimmer

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Don Zimmer was a big man, physically, but he had a huge presence in the world of baseball for over 60 years, as a player, manager, coach, and adviser.  He was married on a baseball diamond in 1951, and, some would say, he never left the field – between playing infield with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the Mets (where he was an original member), and then as Yankee manager Joe Torre’s right-hand man and bench coach on four World Series championship teams.  He died recently at the age of 83.  And you can hear his conversation with Leonard Lopate from April 2001. 


The Takeaway

Jackie Robinson's Legacy

Monday, April 16, 2012

For today's sports fans, it’s hard to imagine professional teams segregated by color. That changed 65 years ago when Jack Roosevelt Robinson, the son of Georgia sharecroppers, joined the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American in major league baseball. American sports have come a long way since 1947, but maybe not far enough. This season, just over eight percent of professional baseball players are black. That's less than half of what it was in 1959, when the last team was integrated. Are we living up to or failing Jackie Robinson's legacy? Author of "Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season", Jonathan Eig, explains.

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Brooklyn Historical Society Film Series Pays Tribute To 'Dem Bums'

Sunday, March 06, 2011

The Brooklyn Historical Society wraps up its baseball film series Sunday with a screening of the documentary "Dem Bums: The History of the Brooklyn Dodgers." The film includes archival footage and interviews with former players, including legends like Duke Snider, who died last week.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Tribute: Duke Snider

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Willie, Mickey, or the Duke?  There was a time when people used to debate whether Mays, Mantle, or Snider was the best ballplayer.  Hall of Famer Duke Snider was certainly key in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ glory years – the star among stars there.  And now the Duke has passed at the age of 84.  You can hear an interview Leonard did with him back in 1988.



Brooklyn Honors Baseball Legend Duke Snider

Monday, February 28, 2011

The flag of Brooklyn flew at half mast Monday to commemorate the death of Brooklyn Dodgers legend Duke Snider, who died Sunday. He was 84.

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What the Dodgers Meant to Brooklyn

Monday, July 26, 2010

More than 50 years after the Dodgers left Brooklyn, many in the borough still think of the lovable Bums as their team. Fans fondly recall the glory days of the 1955 World Series and legendary players like Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and a young Sandy Koufax. WNYC spoke with Michael Shapiro, author of "The Last Good Season: Brooklyn, the Dodgers, and Their Final Pennant Race Together," about the lasting appeal of a team that’s long gone. An edited transcript:

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Studio 360

Drink Bitches Brew

Friday, June 25, 2010

Last week, Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery announced that they'd be commemorating the fortieth anniversary of Miles Davis's singular fusion album Bitches Brew with a beer of the same name. In addition to being ...

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