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Mitch Harris, the second United States Naval Academy graduate to play Major League Baseball, speaks with Nathaniel Cameron, Tyler Buchholz, and Colin Kirk of the American Valor Podcast. The team discusses Mitch’s adjustment to life at the Naval Academy, maintaining his baseball skills while serving five years in the U.S. Navy, including three deployments before playing Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015. Listeners will be inspired and entertained in learning Mitch’s life story and thoughts, including commitment to self, work ethic, attention to detail, striving towards one’s goals, pitchers hitting and playing against the best players in the world.
Recently on the American Valor Podcast: coach Paul Kostacopoulos, Reds legend Johnny Bench and the 70th Secretary of the Navy the Honorable John H. Dalton. Future episodes include Naval Academy graduate and former Cardinals pitcher Mitch Harris, the 15th Force Master Chief of the Navy Reserve CJ Mitchell, Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda and Vice Admiral Jay Donnelly! Released every other Monday, the American Valor Podcast can be found on most podcast platforms.
Our military children’s essay contest is for children of military families interested in writing an essay on lessons learned from one of the 37 baseball Hall of Famers who served during World War II. Two recipients will receive scholarships and the opportunity to be honored at our annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 14th. For more information, please visit our website:
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.
On episodes five and six of the American Valor podcast, we spoke to Mr. Lou Bernardi, Assistant Baseball Coach at the Merchant Marine Academy and Mr. Bob DiBiasio, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs of the Cleveland Indians. Lou and Bob both serve on the Board of Directors of the Act of Valor Foundation. Hear them share stories and lessons on their careers in baseball. Thank you for speaking on the podcast, Mr. Bernardi and Mr. DiBiasio!
This week we are reviewing our first eight episodes on the American Valor podcast and looking forward to future episodes, including Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Tommy Lasorda, the 70th Secretary of the Navy the Honorable John H. Dalton and many more. We release a new episode every other Monday. We were first honored to be joined by the founder and President of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation Mr. Peter Fertig! Hear Peter speak about his inspiration and dedication to creating the foundation at the intersection of baseball and the military, with the goal of honoring those who serve as well as teaching the youngest generation the virtues of citizenship, service and sacrifice to country.
In our eighth episode of the American Valor podcast, Nathaniel Cameron and Colin Kirk talk to United States Naval Academy Head Baseball Coach Paul Kostacopoulos. The team discusses Coach Kostacopoulous’ start in baseball and his journey to become the youngest Division I baseball head coach, leading him to become the second most winningest coach in Naval Academy baseball history. Coach Kostacopoulos discusses his respect for the Midshipmen who balance duty to country, stringent academics and Division I athletics. Coach Kostacopoulos discusses what is required of the United States Naval Academy baseball player as well as his coaching philosophy and definitions of leadership and valor.