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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.

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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/

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Direct download: Rick_Huhn_interview.mp3
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