On Monday, April 15, “The Freak Power Ticket” featured an interview with Dan Epstein, author of the lively cultural history, Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s (Thomas Dunne Books). The book explores how the clean-cut public image of our “National Pastime” was scrambled by the social and cultural forces of the “Me Generation” and the “Now Generation.”Part One of this baseball special recounted stories of oddball 1970s’ figures like Bicentennial Detroit’s rookie-phenom Mark “The Bird” Fidrych”; free-agency pioneer Curt Flood, of the St. Louis Cardinals; Seattle pitcher Jim Bouton, father of the “modern sport [auto]biography”; and “chemically-adventurous” players like the Boston’s Bill “Spaceman” Lee and Pittsburgh’s star hurler Dock Ellis.
Part Two of “The Freak Power Ticket”‘s Big Hair and Plastic Grass special series (Monday, May 6th, 11am-12noon PDT), picks up with reflections on the decade’s “one true dynasty,” the “Swingin’ A’s” of Oakland, CA; the impact of the Sexual Revolution on players in the public eye and outside the lines; a so-called “Shakespearean love triangle” involving members of the New York Yankees; the idiosyncratic nature of the game; qualities of Baseball Fandom; and more.
Let it all hang out as Epstein and producer/host Ted Coe also share music clips and other sounds from (and inspired by) the era, alongside their insightful and entertaining conversation.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the spring from 11am-12noon PDT.
Note: To hear Part One of the interview, click HERE.