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Tom Flores, Gary Gaetti, and Mike Mulligan
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Robin and David talk NFL with Former Raider and Seahawks Head Coach Tom Flores, and round the bases with former Twin and Cub Gary Gaetti. Plus, we go on the Bears beat with WSCR's Mike Mulligan!
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Bearly Legal: Flores and Gaetti
Superbowl Winning Head Coach Tom Flores gives us a scouting report on this year’s Raider squad, and recounts some of his favorite moments as an NFL Coach and Player.

Then, former big leaguer Gary Gaetti talks about the magical Twins team of 1987, the 1998 Cubs, and also breaks down the current battle between the White Sox and Minnesota for the Central Division.
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Bearly Legal: The Bears Beat with Mully
Robin and David hook up with WSCR’s Mike Mulligan who’s down in Bourbonais covering the Bears Camp. We’ll get his take on how the team is shaping up, who’s looking good, and who’s going to be a problem.
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Tom Flores
Thomas R. \"Tom\" Flores (born March 21, 1937 in Fresno, California) is a retired American football quarterback and coach. He is currently a radio announcer for the Oakland Raiders. Tom Flores can be heard on KSFO (560 AM) during the radio broadcasts of Raiders games. Tom Flores graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1958, but was unable to find a job in professional football. He was cut by the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL in 1958, and then by the Washington Redskins of the NFL in 1959. In 1960 Flores finally landed a position as a quarterback with the American Football League\'s Oakland Raiders, who began play in 1960 as a charter member of the league. Flores became the first Hispanic quarterback in American professional football. He became the Raiders\' starting quarterback early in the 1960 season. Flores had his most productive season in 1966. Although he completed only 49.3 percent of his attempts, he passed for 2,638 yards and 24 touchdowns in 14 games. Oakland traded him to the Buffalo Bills in 1967. After serving primarily as a backup, he was released by the Bills and in 1969 signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he was backup to Len Dawson on the Chiefs\' World Championship team. He retired as a player after the 1970 season. He was one of only twenty players who were with the AFL for its entire ten-year existence. He is the fifth-leading passer, all-time, in the AFL. After stints as an assistant coach in Buffalo and Oakland, Flores became the Raiders\' head coach in 1979, following John Madden\'s retirement. Flores guided the Silver and Black to two World Championships of Professional Football - Super Bowl XV, 27-10 over the Philadelphia Eagles; and Super Bowl XVIII, 38-9 over the Washington Redskins. He was instrumental in the rebirth of QB Jim Plunkett\'s career. Plunkett was at the helm during those Super Bowl wins, and was named Most Valuable player of Super Bowl XV. Flores, who played quarterback for the Raiders from 1960-61 and 1963-1966, became the first Hispanic head coach in National Football League history in 1979. He was also the first quarterback in Raiders history to throw for 400 yards in a game. After a 5-10 finish to the 1987 season, Flores moved to the Raiders\' front office, but left after just one year to become the president and general manager of the Seattle Seahawks. He returned to coaching as the Seahawks head coach in 1992, but returned to the front office following three disappointing seasons. Flores resigned from the Seahawks in 1994 following Paul Allen\'s purchase of the Seahawks. Flores left the NFL with a lifetime coaching record of 97-87, as well as an 8-3 playoff record, with two Super Bowl victories.

Tom Flores Career Stats

 
Gary Gaetti
GGary Gaetti nicknamed "G-Man", "Rat", or "Zorn" is a former third baseman in MLB for the Minnesota Twins (1981-90), California Angels (1991-93), Kansas City Royals (1993-95), St. Louis Cardinals (1996-98), Chicago Cubs (1998-99) and Boston Red Sox (2000). Gaetti won a World Series championship with Minnesota in 1987 and was the MVP of that year's American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers. That year, he became the first player ever to hit home runs in his first two postseason plate appearances: in 2008, Evan Longoria became the second. Gaetti won four Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence from 1986 through 1989, and was selected an All-Star in 1988 and 1989. A power-hitting third baseman who had his best season in 1986 when he batted .287 with 34 home runs and 108 runs batted in, Gaetti left the Twins for the Angels as a free agent following the 1990 season. His production dropped significantly with the Angels, who released him in June 1993. He signed with the Royals, who had lost their projected regular third baseman, Keith Miller, to injury, and had been playing struggling rookie Phil Hiatt at third. Handed the third base job, Gaetti turned his career around. In 1995, at the age of 36, he put together one of his best seasons, hitting .261/35/96, setting a career high in home runs and missing the Royals team record for most home runs in a season by one. Following the 1995 season, Gaetti signed as a free agent with the Cardinals, where he enjoyed two more productive seasons before being released again in August 1998 after the Cardinals' acquisition of Fernando Tatis. Gaetti signed with the Cubs, where he enjoyed a good two months during the Cubs' pennant drive, hitting .320/8/27 and helping the Cubs win the National League wild card. The following season, the Cubs became disillusioned with its aging infield, which featured Gaetti at third, Jeff Blauser at short, Mickey Morandini at second, and Mark Grace at first. Gaetti played only semi-regularly and was released at the end of the season. He wound up his career the following season in Boston, appearing in five games in April 2000 at the age of 41. Gaetti became the interim hitting coach for the Houston Astros on July 14, 2004 when the Astros dismissed manager Jimy Williams, hitting coach Harry Spilman, and pitching coach Burt Hooton. Gaetti was previously the hitting coach for the AAA level New Orleans Zephyrs. Gaetti remained in this position until July 12, 2006, when he was fired by the Astros. He later served as the hitting coach for Tampa Bay's AAA affiliate, the Durham Bulls. Currently, he is working at Baseball USA in Houston, Texas.[2] On August 19, 2007, Gaetti's 49th birthday, the Minnesota Twins inducted Gary to the team's Hall of Fame, while the club simultaneously released a commemorative bobblehead in his honor.

Gary's Career Statistics