I’ve known Peter Capolino — the man who transformed Mitchell & Ness from a conventional sporting goods operation into a retro jersey-merchandising powerhouse — for many years, and I’ve interviewed him several times. But no interview I’ve done with him — or that anyone else has done with him, as far as I’m aware — is as good as the one recently done by a podcaster named Dan Wallach.
Wallach’s podcast is called My Baseball History. It’s apparently been around for a few years, but I wasn’t aware of it until a few people pointed me toward the latest episode, which is an absolutely stellar interview with Capolino. It touches on Mitchell & Ness’s origins, Capolino’s early days with the company (which at that time was run by his father), the ins and outs of his licensing deals with MLB, and more — a lot more. Wallach, a baseball hsitorian who formerly served as executive director of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, S.C., really covered a lot of ground with this one, and it’s well worth the full listen. Uni Watch’s highest recommendation! You can check it out here: