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For those who love baseball, Life At The Ballpark gives you an inside peek into the game with entertaining stories from those who play it, scout it, and broadcast it every single day.Life At The Ballpark is hosted by John Frost, a veteran broadcaster and has spent over 20 years as the public address announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins and their minor league clubs in Jupiter, Florida.

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For those who love baseball, Life At The Ballpark gives you an inside peek into the game with entertaining stories from those who play it, scout it, and broadcast it every single day.Life At The Ballpark is hosted by John Frost, a veteran broadcaster and has spent over 20 years as the public address announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins and their minor league clubs in Jupiter, Florida.

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Life At The Ballpark

Latest release on Oct 05, 2020

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For those who love baseball, Life At The Ballpark gives you an inside peek into the game with entertaining stories from those who play it, scout it, and broadcast it every single day.Life At The Ballpark is hosted by John Frost, a veteran broadcaster and has spent over 20 years as the public address announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins and their minor league clubs in Jupiter, Florida.

Rank #1: Mike Claiborne: How To Have Fun Covering the Cardinals

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Fun and fascinating insider stories from over 35 years of covering the Cardinals

Apr 29 2019

21mins

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Rank #2: Ben Frederickson who covers the St. Louis Cardinals

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What does a sportswriter write about when there are no sports?   Ben Frederickson shares his insight to covering the St. Louis Cardinals during this time without baseball.  

May 04 2020

26mins

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Rank #3: Orlando Magic founder Pat Williams Shares His Love of Baseball

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Pat Williams, Senior Vice President and founder of the Orlando Magic, a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame, and named one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history.  

Pat’s love for baseball dates back to growing up with Ruly Carpenter, the son of the owner of the Philadelphia Phillies.  Pat played baseball at Wake Forest and two years in the minor leagues in the Phillies organization.   He moved to the front office and was named executive of the year several years.

Pat shares about the phone call that changed his life, his relationship with legendary owner Bill Veeck, and about the 100+ books he’s written including the latest “Character Carved in Stone”, highlighting the leadership secrets of the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

Jun 13 2019

24mins

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Rank #4: Steve Sparks

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Enjoy some great baseball stories during our time away from the game.   Astros’ broadcaster Steve Sparks shares how he made the Top Ten list for goofiest sports injuries, how learning to throw a knuckleball became his ticket to the big leagues, and how he “died” three times after suffering a heart attack just a couple of months before spring training.  

Mar 21 2020

22mins

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Rank #5: Dan McLaughlin with the St. Louis Cardinals

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Mid-America Emmy award-winning Dan McLaughlin shares stories from his more than two decades of calling Cardinals’ baseball, his first when he was only 23.  Dan shares about his most embarrassing moments (involving A.J. Burnett’s nipple rings), his friendship with Tim McCarver, advice given him by the legendary Jack Buck, and his love of the game and the team he grew up rooting for (Ozzie Smith was his favorite player).

Apr 08 2019

26mins

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Rank #6: Hall of Fame sportswriter Rick Hummel

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Ricks shares his observations about how spring training has changed over the 42 years he’s covered the St. Louis Cardinals.  He shares stories about Cardinal greats Red Schoendienst, Lou Brock, Albert Pujols, and gives insights to how roster decisions are made during spring training. Rick also shares stories from his Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, New York in 2007, along with Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken.

Apr 01 2019

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Rank #7: Mike Acosta - Houston Astros Historian Pt. 2

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On this episode, you’ll hear the story of a man whose knowledge of his team’s history and his view of every game from right next to the dugout give him a unique perspective to the sights and the sounds of the ballpark.  

In the second part of our conversation Astros’ team historian, Mike Acosta shares the importance of his favorite player Nolan Ryan returning to the team, the story behind retrieving artifacts for their hall of fame, and conversations he had with former presidents sitting next to the dugout.

Jul 19 2019

22mins

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Rank #8: Curt Nelson (Part 2) Director Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame

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In part two of this interview with Curt Nelson, he will share the insightful stories recorded within the Negro League Hall of Fame. 

Discover how this talent-rich league of African-Americans helped shape even more than just baseball history, it shaped American history. 

Jun 06 2019

24mins

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Rank #9: Ben Frederickson (part 2)

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If you’re missing baseball during the pandemic, enjoy my conversation with Ben Frederickson who covers the St. Louis Cardinals. Ben shares what’s it like for a sportswriter when the answer to almost every question is “I Don’t know.” You’ll hear some great stories about Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa, and we'll kick around some ideas of what the Cardinals' line up may look like when baseball begins play.  

May 13 2020

21mins

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Rank #10: Ken Carson: From Hockey Trainer to President of a Baseball League

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Ken shares stories spanning his career as an athletic trainer for Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, then for the expansion Toronto Blue Jays in 1977, then director of spring training for the Blue Jays in Dunedin, and ultimately to the president of the Florida State League.  Ken reveals that he is also to the answer to a question in Trivial Pursuit Canadian edition.

May 13 2019

18mins

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Cardinals broadcaster Mike Claiborne

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Cardinals broadcaster Mike Claiborne joins John Frost to tell stories and reminisce about Cardinals legend and Hall of Famer Lou Brock. 

Oct 05 2020

34mins

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Los Angeles Dodgers historian Mark Langill

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Los Angeles Dodgers historian Mark Langill joins John Frost on the latest episode of Life at the Ballpark

Aug 30 2020

31mins

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Bob Carpenter

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Veteran play by play man Bob Carpenter shares stories about growing up a Cardinals' fan in St. Louis, about being mentored by Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck, calling games for the World Champion Washington Nationals, and what it will be like for broadcasters and players in this unusual 60 game season.  

Aug 04 2020

27mins

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Jim Sundberg

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Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Jim Sundberg shares stories from his 16 seasons in the big leagues, including playing for Billy Martin, and catching Nolan Ryan.  Jim also shares about his new "Legacy Playbook, 50 Days Of Encouragement To Pass On What Matters Most."  

Jul 15 2020

34mins

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Bobby Richardson, part two

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Missing baseball?   Enjoy my conversation with New York Yankees’ legend Bobby Richardson, 7 time all star, and the only World Series MVP to play for the losing team.  He shares stories about the '61 home run race with Maris and Mantle, and about his relationship with The Mick which began when Bobby was 19 years old and culminated with his (and Bob Costas') famous eulogy at Mantle's funeral televised around the world.  

Jun 18 2020

29mins

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Bobby Richardson of the New York Yankees

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On this episode of Life at the Ballpark you’ll hear the story of a kid from South Carolina who at age 14 saw the movie "The Pride of the Yankees", the story of Lou Gehrig, and would one day stand on the very same spot at Yankee Stadium for Bobby Richardson Day where Lou gave his famous "I'm the luckiest guy" speech  

May 29 2020

27mins

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Ben Frederickson (part 2)

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If you’re missing baseball during the pandemic, enjoy my conversation with Ben Frederickson who covers the St. Louis Cardinals. Ben shares what’s it like for a sportswriter when the answer to almost every question is “I Don’t know.” You’ll hear some great stories about Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa, and we'll kick around some ideas of what the Cardinals' line up may look like when baseball begins play.  

May 13 2020

21mins

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Ben Frederickson who covers the St. Louis Cardinals

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What does a sportswriter write about when there are no sports?   Ben Frederickson shares his insight to covering the St. Louis Cardinals during this time without baseball.  

May 04 2020

26mins

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Mike Capps, former CNN reporter and current baseball broadcaster

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You’ll hear the story a former CNN news correspondent who covered the Gulf War and the Branch Davidian siege, who now as a baseball broadcaster shares a perspective about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the sport he loves.   You'll also hear from blind sportscaster Bryce Weiler whose Beautiful Lives Project gives those with disabilities life changing experiences in sports.   

Apr 23 2020

24mins

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Tommy Hutton

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On this episode of Life at the Ballpark you’ll hear the story of a high school phenom from Southern California, who signed his first professional contract at the age of 17 with the team he grew up rooting for and by one of the great characters in Dodger history. 

Hear how his major league debut coincided with the end of Sandy Koufax's Hall of Fame career!  

Apr 10 2020

29mins

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Steve Sparks

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Enjoy some great baseball stories during our time away from the game.   Astros’ broadcaster Steve Sparks shares how he made the Top Ten list for goofiest sports injuries, how learning to throw a knuckleball became his ticket to the big leagues, and how he “died” three times after suffering a heart attack just a couple of months before spring training.  

Mar 21 2020

22mins

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Tom Grieve of the Texas Rangers - Part 2

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Veteran broadcaster Tom Grieve shares stories from his career as a player, GM, and broadcaster with the Texas Rangers.   You'll hear of the early days of the franchise's move from Washington, D.C. to Texas, and what it was like to play for Ted Williams, Whitey Herzog, and Billy Martin.   Tom shares the thrill of broadcasting a major league game in which his son Ben played, and about his favorite moments in Rangers' history.  

Jan 30 2020

22mins

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Tom Grieve of the Texas Rangers - Part 1

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On this episode you’ll hear Tom Grieve share about his life at the ballpark, from being a #1 draft choice, to player for one franchise in two different cities, to GM, to longtime broadcaster for the Texas Rangers.   A member of the Texas Rangers' Hall of Fame Tom has been a witness to every major event in Rangers' history.  

Jan 21 2020

28mins

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Bill Brown of the Houston Astros

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On this episode, you’ll hear the story of Bill Brown whose 30-year broadcast career with the Houston Astros gave him a unique peek into baseball history, including their 3 consecutive one hundred loss seasons followed by 3 one hundred win seasons, and the entire career of two Hall of Famers, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell.  

“Brownie” shares how his time in the military set the stage for his broadcasting career, about his major league debut which was remarkably a Cincinnati Reds’ division-clinching game, and about his worst day in the broadcast booth when Astros manager Larry Dierker’s had a seizure in the dugout.      

Jan 01 2020

24mins

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Mike Acosta - Houston Astros Historian Pt. 2

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On this episode, you’ll hear the story of a man whose knowledge of his team’s history and his view of every game from right next to the dugout give him a unique perspective to the sights and the sounds of the ballpark.  

In the second part of our conversation Astros’ team historian, Mike Acosta shares the importance of his favorite player Nolan Ryan returning to the team, the story behind retrieving artifacts for their hall of fame, and conversations he had with former presidents sitting next to the dugout.

Jul 19 2019

22mins

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Mike Acosta - Houston Astros Historian

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Mike’s love for baseball was fueled by his childhood fascination with the 8th Wonder of the World; the Astrodome, an architectural innovation that forever changed the design of sports stadiums.   

Mike shares about his documenting of the historic moments in Astros’ history, including this season’s creation of the Astros’ Hall of Fame.   

Jul 04 2019

15mins

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Orlando Magic founder Pat Williams Shares His Love of Baseball

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Pat Williams, Senior Vice President and founder of the Orlando Magic, a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame, and named one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history.  

Pat’s love for baseball dates back to growing up with Ruly Carpenter, the son of the owner of the Philadelphia Phillies.  Pat played baseball at Wake Forest and two years in the minor leagues in the Phillies organization.   He moved to the front office and was named executive of the year several years.

Pat shares about the phone call that changed his life, his relationship with legendary owner Bill Veeck, and about the 100+ books he’s written including the latest “Character Carved in Stone”, highlighting the leadership secrets of the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

Jun 13 2019

24mins

Play

Curt Nelson (Part 2) Director Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame

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In part two of this interview with Curt Nelson, he will share the insightful stories recorded within the Negro League Hall of Fame. 

Discover how this talent-rich league of African-Americans helped shape even more than just baseball history, it shaped American history. 

Jun 06 2019

24mins

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Curt Nelson Director Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame

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Curt Nelson has been with the Kansas City Royals since 1999. Curt isn't just the Director of the Royals Hall of Fame, he helped spearhead its development in 2009. 

Curt shares stories from their two World Series Championships as well as their four AL pennants.

May 30 2019

25mins

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Todd Pratt - Manager for the Miami Marlins farm club: Jupiter Hammerheads

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The 14-year major league veteran shares what it was like to hit a walk-off home run in extra innings against Arizona in the 1999 NLDS playoffs.  Todd was also on the bases for one of the rarest plays in baseball history—now referred to as Robin Ventura’s walk-off “Grand Slam Single” in the ’99 NLCS.

May 23 2019

21mins

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