Bat Stretchers, Glass Eyes, and Laugh Breaks - Matthew McGough

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Bat Stretchers, Glass Eyes, and Laugh Breaks

In this hour, a batboy for the New York Yankees goes on a wild goose chase for a left-handed bat-stretcher; an Irish-Catholic family obsessed with the Kennedys dedicates a summer to spying on their idols; a comedian experiences the ultimate heartbreak; and a drill sergeant faints at the sight of blood.

Stories in this Episode

My First Day At The Yankees

by Matthew McGough

A Yankee fan's path to a job as a batboy.

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

by Anthony Griffith

A comic must earn his living as a clown while suffering the ultimate heartbreak.

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Golf Clubbing

by Ed Gavagan

The screwball tale of the child of a tough drill sergeant who is injured on a Texas military base in the early 1970s.

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Eye Spy

by Michaela Murphy

Michaela Murphy endures a family beach vacation. 

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Extras From This Episode

Matthew McGough

You can read about more of Matthew’s adventures in baseball in his book Bat Boy: Coming of Age with the New York Yankees, available now.

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Anthony Griffith

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Anthony performing on The Tonight Show.

Ed Gavagan

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Ed and his sisters.

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Ed, around the time he started golfing.

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Ed’s father, Senior Airman Gavagan, at Ellsworth Air Foce Base.

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