The Big O returned to podcastland with a special treat for the Big Blue Nation. He’s starting the New Year by releasing a four-part series with Joe B. Hall.
I’ll admit it, I had not listened to one of Oscar’s new podcasts yet. I’m glad I listened to this one; it’s one you can’t miss. Even though Coach Hall has been in the lives of Kentucky fans for decades as a player, coach and radio host, there’s still plenty we don’t know about him. In the first episode, Joe. B discussed his younger years and his time as a player. My favorite parts:
— Joe B. explains the origins of the “B” in his name.
— He didn’t always live in Cynthiana. His family moved to Florida looking for work in the 30s. Joe B. admitted he spent more time at the beach than in class.
— How he earned his way onto the Kentucky team and what it was like to practice against the Fabulous Five (hint: he couldn’t defend Ralph Beard).
— Did you know the Fabulous Five played a game at Stoll Field to raise money to go to the Olympics?
— The time Wah Wah Jones threw a haymaker at a fan taunting from the stands.
— Why he transferred from Kentucky and the road that eventually led him to a tour with the Harlem Globetrotters in Africa. Yes, Coach Hall went to Africa with the Globetrotters.