All-Star Pitcher Dock Ellis (Monarch-Corona Printing Company, 2010) CLICK TO ENLARGE

All-Star Pitcher Dock Ellis (Monarch-Corona Printing Company, 2010) CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” welcomed special guest 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).

Big Hair and Plastic Grass focuses on how the clean-cut public image of our “National Pastime” was recreated by the social and cultural forces of the “Me Generation” and the “Now Generation.”

An archival-recording is now available online, below.

During this program (edited for official download), Epstein recounts important, fascinating, and humorous stories about the ways in which America’s sport learned to stop worrying and enjoy the wonderfully funky flavors of the times.

Tune into to learn about:

• The Oakland A’s “Mustache Gang” and the 1972 “Hair Vs. Square” World Series

• The best-selling insider exposés

Curt Flood and the battle for player rights and autonomy

• Oddball pitchers like the Detroit Tigers’ Mark “The Bird” Fidrych and Red Sox/Expos pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee

• The swagger and inspiration of the pitcher Dock Ellis and the legend of his LSD No-Hitter

• Mod-fashions, Space Age design and the bursts of color made possible by polyester fabrics and carnival hucksters like team-owner Charles Finley

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 Show’s Complete Playlist is Now Online!


“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the spring from 11am-12noon PDT.