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In episode number nine on the American Valor Podcast, Tyler Buchholz and Nathaniel Cameron have the privilege of speaking to the greatest catcher to ever live, Mr. Johnny Bench. Mr. Bench discusses his upbringing in Oklahoma, which was the inspiration for his values of hard work that he learned from his parents, as his father served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Bench and the team spoke about the fulfillment of his lifelong dream of being a Major League Baseball catcher at the age of 19 and eventually winning two World Series with the Big Red Machine. In 1989, his father was proud to be present at Mr. Bench’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr Bench served for six years in the Army Reserves while playing professional baseball and was named the 2018 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award recipient from the Hall of Fame. Mr Bench supports Hope for the Warriors, a national non-profit organization aiding combat wounded service members, their families and families of those killed in action. On the American Valor Podcast, Mr. Bench chats about his travels around the world with Bob Hope, playing for Cincinnati Reds and Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson, traits of a leader, his definition of valor, personal vowels for success and catching every ball thrown one’s way, in baseball and in life.
Retired MLB Pitcher Brad Ziegler and Naval Academy Head Baseball Coach Paul Kostacopoulos: American Valor Podcast
The American Valor Podcast team was recently honored to converse with retired MLB pitcher Mr. Brad Ziegler and the head baseball coach of the United States Naval Academy baseball program Mr. Paul Kostacopoulos. Brad and Paul spoke about their careers in baseball, including how they got started in the game, what they have experienced and learned throughout their journeys and what led them to be involved with the military. Mr. Ziegler created Pastime for Patriots to honor service men and women; he was the MLB Bob Feller Act of Valor Award recipient in 2016. Mr. Kostacopoulos is the second-winningest head coach in Naval Academy baseball history. The Navy baseball program has earned five-straight Patriot League regular season titles under his guidance. Thank you to Mr. Ziegler and Mr. Kostacopoulos for your support! We release new podcasts every other Monday. Stay tuned for our conversation with Hall of Famer and 2018 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award recipient Mr. Johnny Bench.
American Valor Podcast: Major League Baseball Veteran Pitcher and Bob Feller Act of Valor Recipient Brad Ziegler
In our seventh installment, the podcast team of Nathaniel Cameron, Tyler Buchholz and Colin Kirk sit down with retired eleven year Major League Baseball veteran pitcher Mr. Brad Ziegler. The group discusses Mr. Ziegler’s upbringing around baseball and his resilience that led him to the major leagues. After being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies, Mr. Ziegler pitched for the Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins. Mr. Ziegler was the Major League Baseball recipient of the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award for his regular support of his community, specifically veterans, through his foundation Pastime for Patriots. Listen to Mr. Ziegler reflect with the American Valor podcast team.