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Episode 1

Darryl Strawberry, Julius Erving

Published on: 4th January, 2021

Host Bill Donohue brings in the new show by welcoming former New York Mets and Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry. Darryl talks about some of his favorite teams and players (Pete Rose?!) growing up in Los Angeles. Strawberry also talked about playing for Davey Johnson, losing to the Dodgers in 1988, leaving the New York Mets to play in Los Angeles, his relationship with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and playing for the Yankees and being a part of a Simpsons episode. The Straw man also talked about his new book coming out on January 12th, Turn Your Season Around: How God Transforms Your Life and how his life and perspective has changed since his baseball career ended.

Then former New York Nets star forward and Basketball Hall-of-Famer Julius Erving joined the show as "Dr. J" talked about his favorite teams and players growing up in Roosevelt on Long Island, as well as some of the great basketball players that grew up in the area. Erving also talked about the evolution of the dunk, his relationship with basketball Hall-of-Famer Pete Maravich, the early days of the ABA and playing at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island for the Nets, and his time in Philadelphia with the Sixers. "Dr. J" closed things out talking about his famous dunk in the 1980 NBA Finals, and later talked about comparisons to Michael Jordan and other stars that came into the NBA after him.

  • [00:00] - Show Intro
  • [01:46] - Darryl Strawberry joins the show
  • [06:58] - Relationship with George Steinbrenner
  • [07:56] - Being on The Simpsons
  • [20:43] - Darryl talks about the turning point in his life
  • [29:44] - Julius Erving joins the show
  • [35:33] - The evolution of the dunk
  • [38:28] - Thoughts on "Pistol" Pete Maravich
  • [40:49] - The ABA and the Nets
  • [46:52] - Philly and the Sixers
  • [49:21] - The Dunk
  • [52:33] - Thoughts on Michael Jordan

About Darryl Strawberry

Darryl Strawberry played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). Throughout his career, Strawberry was one of the most feared sluggers in the sport, known for his prodigious home runs and his intimidating presence in the batter's box with his 6 ft 6 in frame and his long, looping swing that elicited comparisons to Ted Williams.

During his career, he helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three World Series championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He was also suspended three times by MLB for substance abuse, leading to many narratives about his massive potential going unfulfilled. A popular player during his career, Strawberry was voted to the All-Star Game eight straight times from 1984 to 1991. Strawberry was formerly an analyst for SportsNet New York. 

About Julius Erving

Julius Erving is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential basketball players of all time, helping legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA) as he was the best-known player in the league when it merged into the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the 1975–76 season.

"Dr. J" won three championships, four Most Valuable Player Awards, and three scoring titles with the ABA's Virginia Squires and New York Nets (now the NBA's Brooklyn Nets) and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. He is the eighth-highest scorer in ABA/NBA history with 30,026 points (NBA and ABA combined). He was well known for slam dunking from the free throw line in slam dunk contests and was the only player voted Most Valuable Player in both the ABA and the NBA. The basketball slang of being posterized was first coined to describe his moves.

Erving was inducted in 1993 into the Basketball Hall of Fame and was also named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time team. In 1994, Erving was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 40 most important athletes of all time. In 2004, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame.

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About your hosts

Rob Kowal

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Rob is the Executive Producer of WGBB's Sports Talk New York. While he still gets behind the mic from time to time to host the show, Rob mostly works behind the scenes helping to book guests, maintain the website and promote the show on social media.

Bill Donohue

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Bill's first vivid recollection of sports revolves around the magical seasons of 1969 – when the Mets, Knicks and Jets all won championships – and Bobby Cox was playing 3B for the Yankees. A history buff and ports “purist,” he enjoys the comparison of the eras and discussing those contrasting viewpoints. Bill is a benefactor of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and enjoys visiting the hallowed shrine to our national pastime whenever possible.

Gary Harding

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Gary is the owner and head writer for Isles Talk, an New York Islanders Blog. A season ticket holder for the Islanders since 1988, Gary was previously the president of the New York Islanders Booster Club. Gary is an avid supporter of the New York Mets, Long Island Ducks, New York Jets, Everton in the English Premier League, and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. An accomplished bowler, he achieved the perfection of a 300 game in May 1994. Gary is happily married and lives in Halesite, NY.

John Panarese

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John is a long time New York Islanders, Mets, Giants and Long Island Ducks fan. He has been an Islanders season tickets for about a dozen years, and has been to numerous Mets and Ducks games. While writing for a New York Islanders hockey blog, he generally enjoys talking and debating all things sports.

Andy Suekoff

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Andy is an in-game analyst for Stony Brook University Hockey, as well as an Ingest Coordinator for Encompass Digital Media in Stamford, CT. A graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, Andy was a play-by-play announcer for five NCAA Division I sports during his time as the school, and hosted a half hour weekly talk show, Bottom of the 6th. Andy is an avid fan of all the major sports, college football/basketball and MMA, specifically including the Yankees, Rangers, Jets and St. John’s.

Rob Cramer

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Rob combines his deep knowledge of sports along with a passion for the his pro New York teams. A fan of the Mets, Jets, Rangers and Knicks- Rob has an unbiased approach as host, often delivering harsh criticism of his favorite teams. Rob also hosts the Coffee with Cramer podcast.

Matt Fazelpoor

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Matt is a long-time media personality in New Jersey and the New York area. For the last decade, he has covered New Jersey news in a variety of roles for NJ 101.5 and NJ Biz. He is getting back to his roots and love of sports talk. In the 2000’s, he co-hosted the Pete and Faz Show with his longtime partner, Pete Feldman, on a bunch of early internet radio/podcasting platforms. Matt was also a host of the long-running Kult of Mets Personalities Podcast.

Pete Feldman

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Pete Feldman has studied Radio, TV, and Film at both Rowan University and and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. He has done update work, play by play, and color commentary for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the William Paterson University Pioneers, and the Lakewood Blue Claws. Along with his partner Matt Fazelpoor, he has been part of the Pete and Faz Show since 2005. It has been a featured sports talk show on the New Jersey Sports Network and Blog Talk Radio.

Rob Zimmerman

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