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Ron LeFlore

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Ron LeFlore

Backwards K Pod

This week's topic is about the amazing path Ron LeFlore took to the Major Leagues, which is unlike any other before or since. After a botched armed robbery in 1970. LeFlore would play the game of baseball for the first time in his life, for the Jackson State Prison baseball team, where he would be discovered by Tigers manager, Billy Martin. Within three years of his release from prison, he would find himself as the starting Center Fielder for his hometown Detroit Tigers, on his way to what appeared to be a top shelf caliber career. He had developed himself into one of the most dangerous hitters in the American League. And he excelled at what else? Stealing of course.This is the incredible story about Ron LeFlore.#RonLeFlore #JacksonStatePrison #BillyMartin #JimLeyland #MontrealExpos #ChicagoWhiteSox


5 Jul 2022

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My parents were ruthless in the ’80s, the legend of Ron LeFlore

Greatest Show on Dirt

My dad made me run laps around the Pony field in 110-degree heat then my mom fed my bologna sandwiches through the kitchen window while I drank hose water. Ron LeFlore spent three years in prison then proceeded to dominate MLB. Also, we both love to steal things. Instagram: @GreatestShowOnDirtTwitter: @GreatestOnDirtFacebook: @GreatestOnDirt

1hr 24mins

24 May 2021

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Episode 87 - Ron LeFlore Or Is That LaVar Burton?

Two Strike Noise - A Baseball History Podcast

Ron LeFlore is the only player to have lead both leagues in stolen bases. Until this week that was about all we really knew about him. Now, we know alot more. He was discovered while playing in a prison baseball league, because, well, he was in jail. Form the exercise yard to Tiger Stadium LeFlore went on to become an All Star but he could not escape his old life. Hear the whole story or watch the ABC made for tv movie One In A Million. Probably easier to listen to the pod to be honest. Plus, 1988 Fleer s the weapon of choice for this week’s Wax Pack Heroes.  Twitter - @twostrikenoiseInstagram - @twostrikenoiseWax Pack Heros on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvh7epD-mqT9qCIV7CNqhogHear more of Two Strike Noise on the HotMic app. Use Invite code TWOSTRIKENOISE to download it for FREE at http://hotmic.io We pull ALOT of commons in Wax Pack Heroes. If you've got those Tom Foley or Ernest Riles cards just sitting around you can donate those commons to charity and maybe spark a child's interest in baseball and collecting. Find out more here: http://commons4kids.org/ #podernfamily #podnation #baseball #mlb #history #podcast #baseballcards

1hr 6mins

13 Oct 2020

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Another SPORTSTALKNY throwback this one from May 2008When Former AL and NL stolen base leader, All-Star Ron Leflore joins Mark Rosenman and AJ Carter of SPORTSTALKNY to talk about his life from Prison to the Big Leagues Leflore relates growing up in a crime ridden section of Detroit. Although his parents were married, his father was an unemployed alcoholic who rarely took part in family life. His mother was a hard working nurses aide that held the family together financially and physically, even feeding Ron while a heroin addict and small-time drug dealer. He credits his mother’s compassion for his survival during this period. At twelve, he began to have sex with local prostitutes and soon after he was introduced to shooting heroin in a neighbourhood 'shooting gallery'. He dropped out of school and spent many nights breaking into the Stroh's Brewery on Gratiot Avenue, stealing beer and getting drunk with friends. After dropping out of school he played no organized sports and rarely followed the Tigers, although he had been to Tiger Stadium, sitting in the upper bleachers with his father, on one occasion as a kid. First arrested at fifteen, he was ultimately sentenced to 5-15 years in state prison at the State Prison of Southern Michigan, usually called Jackson State Penitentiary, for armed robbery.Incarcerated, the first organized baseball league LeFlore played in was for inmates. Billy Martin, the legendary New York Yankee player and manager, then manager of the Detroit Tigers, was lured to Michigan State Prison by another inmate who knew Martin. The unorthodox Martin witnessed LeFlore's speed and strength, something that bloomed after LeFlore had given up drugs and drinking inside prison. Incredibly, Martin helped LeFlore get permission for day-parole and a try out at Tiger Stadium. In the summer of 1973, the convict impressed Tigers' management and the team signed him to contract in July, which enabled him to meet the conditions for parole. Martin, the man who gave LeFlore his break, was fired in August of that same year for telling Tiger pitchers to throw at opposing hitters; he was replaced by Joe Schultz. Ralph Houk was LeFlore's manager subsequently. Originally, LeFlore, a twenty-six year old rookie, was assigned to the Tigers' AA affiliate, but by the end of the 1973 season he was playing for the Triple A Evansville Triplets. The following season he made the Major League club and by 1975 was a starting outfielder.Tune in each week on 540 am in NY NJ CT and streaming on www.sportstalknylive.com as well as facebook live at 7pm Sundays for the live broadcast.Please take a moment to like our fan page WLIE 540 AM SPORTSTALKNY and follow us on twitter @sportstalkny and please check out Mark Rosenman and AJ Carters author page on amazon to purchase any of their books.


20 Aug 2020

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Moe Berg fact, baseball is back! Braves Social Media Hot Takes, Braves one hit wonder and the Ron Leflore story.

The High and Inside Podcast

A fun fact about a player turned spy in World War 2. Braves and baseball are back and there's plenty to discuss so far. Were the Blue Jays getting screwed? Lots of bad takes on the Braves Social Media Hot Takes segment. Bad takes from folks still talking about the chop, to fans panicking after an entire game of the season! I discuss a Braves one hit wonder and a story time about Ron Leflore, who went from learning to play baseball in prison, to becoming an MLB star, briefly.Twitter-@High_And_Inside


26 Jul 2020

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#81 - An Enemy To His Own Cause - The Miraculousness of Ron LeFlore

Crime in Sports

This week, we navigate one of the most truly miraculous stories in the history of sports, or any other medium. Don't worry, he went from having Levar Burton play him in a big TV movie, and having a best selling autobiography, to being frequently arrested at inopportune times, and generally sliding into a hole of despair. And it's hilarious!Do drugs, hang out with gangsters, and disappoint Levar Burton with Ron LeFlore!!Check us out, every Tuesday. We will continue to bring you the biggest idiots in sports history!Hosted by James Pietragallo & Jimmie WhismanDonate at...patreon.com/crimeinsportsCheck out or site: shutupandgivememurder.comContact us:twitter.com/crimeinsportsEmail: crimeinsports@gmail.comfacebook.com/Crimeinsportsinstagram.com.smalltownmurder See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 59mins

21 Aug 2017