« The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

Episode 12: One Hit Wonder

2016-04-12 | 🔗

No one has ever matched his record, and no one knows his name.

This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
Hey there, grow. This is the way I heard it's the only podcast for the curious mind with a short attention span: hey if you already picked up my book the way I heard it. Please accept my heartfelt thanks. I am grateful and if you liked it I'd, be grateful again, if you took a second to review it over at Amazon, but but you're says the reviews are really important and I'm trying to impress my publisher if having picked up a copy, you can find one at micro, dot com, slash book, The book itself is a combination of stories from this podcast interrupted, by a series of stories. From my own misspent youth and dubious career in the world of nonfiction television. Eight brag but brag, but it New York Times best seller and my mom says it's. The few
good hit of the holiday season. I don't know about that, but we do have a few autographed copies laughed at micro, dot, com book and I'm told they would make ideal. Christmas presents hashtag just saying pick up a copy of micro, dot, com book stuff me and somebody stocking I'd, be grateful, that's the way I heard it Thirdly, Jennifer warns ever heard of him now. Well, I'm pretty sure you ve heard them back in nineteen. Eighty seven, they sang The theme song to a little movie called dirty dancing. I've had the time of my life,
all the way to number one. To this day, it's Bilin Jennifer's biggest it. In fact it's their only hit. Well, the same year did Patrick Swayze. He was gyrating to the dulcet vocals of Bill and Jennifer's one and only hit another one hit wonder on a very different stage was about to have his. Joey played first base for the Denver Zephyrs and, like everyone else, in a minor leagues, he dreamed of being called up to the show, but at two hundred seventy pounds Joey was not the picture of major league athleticism, but size does have its advantages and when Joey Meyer decided to hit a baseball, he hid it real hard on the night of Joey's one wondrous hit. One thousand four hundred and four people had gathered to watch the Denver Zephyrs take on the Buffalo Bisons. It was the bottom of the seventh and this zephyrs,
about seven Joey Mire stepped into the Box and Buffalo pitcher MIKE Murphy through a slider that didn't you. Much sliding and Joey teed off the crack of a bad, echoed throughout the mostly empty stadium, the left field, or could do nothing but rob his jaw and watch the ball vanish from sight as it sailed over his head parts unknown two hundred feet behind him: high in a sea of empty plastic seats, a solid, Harry fan made no attempt to snagged souvenir for himself because the ball was still rising, still argue, higher and higher, defying the laws of gravity and rendering fourteen hundred and four slack job fans temporarily mute and the broadcast booth, the announcers docked and stammered
as Joey's home run. Ball eventually landed in the upper deck of Mile high stadium, something no one had ever seen before or imagined possible. Even the television cameras lost sight of the longest home run ever hit. Now it should be noted that the precise distance travelled by many, a legendary homerun ball, isn't Fired endless debate among baseball gigs a dozen different websites will give you a dozen different versions of just how far Mickey Mantles Epic blast might have gone. Had it not bounced off the facade, Yankee Stadium or whether Bay Brutes, famous homer it Wrigley Field travelled more or less than five hundred feet. What we can say without any fear of controversy is that the average major league
run travels three hundred ninety five feet, which is why people were blown away last year when Miami Giancarlo Stanton smashed one. Four hundred and seventy five feet clean out of Dodger Stadium I'll Joey's home run was longer than stands longer also than its longer than mantles longer than Reggie Jackson's and Hungarians and burdock lament ease and Jose can't say, goes and Willie startled and all the rest of those other major leaguers who were born to give it a ride. Jelly had a baseball five hundred eighty two feet nearly to football field. Obviously I had like that can't be ignored Joe. He got the call he dreamed of and was off to the majors. He played two seasons for the Milwaukee brewers that it was off to Japan, where he don t.
A form of the Yoke Hama whales. One season later it was back to the states where the Minnesota twins scooped him up. They traded him to the Pittsburgh pirates who sent him back down to the Buffalo Bisons the same minor league team. He had confronted on that fateful day in Denver a day that might have changed everything, but didn't because the real wonder is never the one hit it's the ability to do it over and over and over again. That's why Giancarlo Stanton is headed for the Hall of Fame, while Jelly Meyer now patrols the halls of Thee Maui Medical Center wearing his latest uniform that of a security guard. Of course there's no shame in that none whatsoever, because, even though you don't recognize Joey, Myers name, what he did can never be taken away
from him, and today he can look back at that one glorious day in the spring of nineteen eighty seven and say with absolute certainty. I had the time of my life anyway. That's why I heard
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