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For episode 29, I had the pleasure of interviewing Cafe O Play Co-Owners John and Carolyn Green from Stow, Ohio.

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Here were some highlights from our conversation:

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me onTwitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.


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As today is Opening Day, it is fitting that this podcast interview is about baseball.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Rick Huhn, Baseball Biographer, regarding his book The Sizzler:  George Sisler, Baseball's Forgotten Great, about native Ohioan and Baseball Hall of Famer George Sisler.

In a legendary career as an amateur player, professional player, and professional baseball management, George Sisler set many records and was regarded by his peers as one of the all-time greats.  After his playing career ended, Sisler faded from the limelight and many fans' memories.  Rick Huhn took a look at why this happened at the behest of Sisler's son George Sisler Jr.  Rick has compiled an outstanding biography with great detail that any baseball fan will love.

To listen to the show, click on one of the following:

Here were some highlights from our conversation:

  • growing up in Marion, Ohio, his involvement with writing in high school, and then going to Ohio University and Law School at Ohio State
  • how Rick got involved in writing while wrapping up his law career
  • his connection with Ohio University History Professor and fellow baseball author Charles Alexander, who has written great books on Rogers Hornsbythe Miracle BravesTy CobbDepression-Era Baseball, and John McGraw
  • A meeting with George Sisler Jr. which led to discussions about writing the book
  • George's family background growing up and climb through the amateur and not-so amateur baseball leagues around Akron, which led to some controversy about which Major League team owned his rights
  • Sisler leading the University of Michigan to the mythical national championship 
  • Sisler's long-lasting friendship and connection with fellow Ohioan Branch Rickey and the effect on his career, including the opportunity to work with Jackie Robinson 
  • Sisler's career, predominantly with the St. Louis Browns before going to the Washington Senators, Boston Braves, and wrapping his career in the minors
    • Sisler's career statistics, including multiple seasons batting over .400
    • his career highlights and the after effect of a serious eye injury
  • what Sisler's peers said about him as a ballplayer
  • Huhn's speculation why Sisler is largely forgotten today in discussions of all-time greats
  • The other books Huhn has written on the 1910 Batting Race and Eddie Collins
  • The 1954 Cleveland Indians book Rick mentioned at the end of the interview.
  • Listeners can connect with Rick at http://www.rickhuhn.com/

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me onTwitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

Direct download: Rick_Huhn_interview.mp3
Category:baseball, sports, player, manager, scout, coach -- posted at: 7:55pm EDT

kramer book cover

For the next three podcast episodes, I had the pleasure of talking to Matt Kramer, a terrific High School Basketball Coach and Author.  Matt currently resides in Georgia, but was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.  His current team Milton High School is one of the outstanding programs in Georgia with national-level aspirations.

Coach Kramer is the co-author of the great book The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEOwhich he wrote with legendary Ohio High School Basketball Coach Randy Montgomery.  Coach Kramer wrote the book to document his journey and provide a resource for up and coming coaches.

Here are the fantastic highlights from our great conversation:

  • Looking up to his dad, a teacher and coach, who provided the inspiration for his own playing, teaching, and coaching career.
  • Having an outstanding athlete to learn from in Olympian Butch Reynolds.
  • The core values he learned growing up about:  caring for players, skill development, building relationships with a family-type environment, be invested in the next guy
  • his playing career in high school and college, including his experience at the College of Wooster with Steve Moore
  • his career path from being a volunteer assistant to JV Coach, Varsity Assistant, and then Head Varsity Coach
  • how he connected with Coach Montgomery, who worked with Coach Bob Huggins and had conversations with Coach John Wooden
  • Why kids want discipline from adults
  • How teaching skills and coaching skills enhance and nurture abilities in the classroom and on the court
  • the importance of being able to write well, and why he wrote the book
  • Tips on Seeking Out & Interviewing for a coaching position, including interviewing the interviewers
  • what to do the first days on the job
  • importance of choosing a staff
  • how to promote your program, including ideas for youth program development
  • the importance of practice rituals
    • "coaching is what you do for somebody, not to somebody"
  • constructing a productive summer plan
  • looking at X's and O's
  • surprise ending to his coaching tenure at Canton South, his professionalism continuing to serve his students and family, and how he ended up at Milton High School in Georgia with the help of San Antonio Spurs Director of Player Personnel Dennis Felton
  • the value of the book for anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and service to others
  • the legacy Coach wants to leave behind
  • Coach's next book will be coming out soon, called Leap Of Faith

To connect with Coach Matt Kramer, do the following:

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.

Direct download: Matt_Kramer_Interview_Part_3.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

kramer book cover

For the next three podcast episodes, I had the pleasure of talking to Matt Kramer, a terrific High School Basketball Coach and Author.  Matt currently resides in Georgia, but was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.  His current team Milton High School is one of the outstanding programs in Georgia with national-level aspirations.

Coach Kramer is the co-author of the great book The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEOwhich he wrote with legendary Ohio High School Basketball Coach Randy Montgomery.  Coach Kramer wrote the book to document his journey and provide a resource for up and coming coaches.

Here are the fantastic highlights from our great conversation:

  • Looking up to his dad, a teacher and coach, who provided the inspiration for his own playing, teaching, and coaching career.
  • Having an outstanding athlete to learn from in Olympian Butch Reynolds.
  • The core values he learned growing up about:  caring for players, skill development, building relationships with a family-type environment, be invested in the next guy
  • his playing career in high school and college, including his experience at the College of Wooster with Steve Moore
  • his career path from being a volunteer assistant to JV Coach, Varsity Assistant, and then Head Varsity Coach
  • how he connected with Coach Montgomery, who worked with Coach Bob Huggins and had conversations with Coach John Wooden
  • Why kids want discipline from adults
  • How teaching skills and coaching skills enhance and nurture abilities in the classroom and on the court
  • the importance of being able to write well, and why he wrote the book
  • Tips on Seeking Out & Interviewing for a coaching position, including interviewing the interviewers
  • what to do the first days on the job
  • importance of choosing a staff
  • how to promote your program, including ideas for youth program development
  • the importance of practice rituals
    • "coaching is what you do for somebody, not to somebody"
  • constructing a productive summer plan
  • looking at X's and O's
  • surprise ending to his coaching tenure at Canton South, his professionalism continuing to serve his students and family, and how he ended up at Milton High School in Georgia with the help of San Antonio Spurs Director of Player Personnel Dennis Felton
  • the value of the book for anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and service to others
  • the legacy Coach wants to leave behind
  • Coach's next book will be coming out soon, called Leap Of Faith

To connect with Coach Matt Kramer, do the following:

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.

Direct download: Matt_Kramer_interview_part_2.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

kramer book cover

For the next three podcast episodes, I had the pleasure of talking to Matt Kramer, a terrific High School Basketball Coach and Author.  Matt currently resides in Georgia, but was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.  His current team Milton High School is one of the outstanding programs in Georgia with national-level aspirations.

Coach Kramer is the co-author of the great book The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEOwhich he wrote with legendary Ohio High School Basketball Coach Randy Montgomery.  Coach Kramer wrote the book to document his journey and provide a resource for up and coming coaches.

Here are the fantastic highlights from our great conversation:

  • Looking up to his dad, a teacher and coach, who provided the inspiration for his own playing, teaching, and coaching career.
  • Having an outstanding athlete to learn from in Olympian Butch Reynolds.
  • The core values he learned growing up about:  caring for players, skill development, building relationships with a family-type environment, be invested in the next guy
  • his playing career in high school and college, including his experience at the College of Wooster with Steve Moore
  • his career path from being a volunteer assistant to JV Coach, Varsity Assistant, and then Head Varsity Coach
  • how he connected with Coach Montgomery, who worked with Coach Bob Huggins and had conversations with Coach John Wooden
  • Why kids want discipline from adults
  • How teaching skills and coaching skills enhance and nurture abilities in the classroom and on the court
  • the importance of being able to write well, and why he wrote the book
  • Tips on Seeking Out & Interviewing for a coaching position, including interviewing the interviewers
  • what to do the first days on the job
  • importance of choosing a staff
  • how to promote your program, including ideas for youth program development
  • the importance of practice rituals
    • "coaching is what you do for somebody, not to somebody"
  • constructing a productive summer plan
  • looking at X's and O's
  • surprise ending to his coaching tenure at Canton South, his professionalism continuing to serve his students and family, and how he ended up at Milton High School in Georgia with the help of San Antonio Spurs Director of Player Personnel Dennis Felton
  • the value of the book for anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and service to others
  • the legacy Coach wants to leave behind
  • Coach's next book will be coming out soon, called Leap Of Faith

To connect with Coach Matt Kramer, do the following:

Thank you for listening to the show.   Please connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Go here to listen to my podcast “Outstanding Ohioans” and like on Facebook.

To purchase my Kindle version of Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and High Post Offense.

To purchase my E-book on my Basketball Ball Match Up Zone Defense, click here.

To purchase my E-book on Basketball’s Multi-Purpose Offense:  The Open Post Motion Offense, the 1-4 High Offense, and the High Post Offense, click here.

Direct download: Matt_Kramer_interview_Part_1.mp3
Category:business, life, culture, sports, basketball -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

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