Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft as a "courtesy pick". The Dodgers never expected him to play for them - or anyone else. Mike had other ideas. Overcoming his detractors, he became the National League Rookie of the Year in 1993, broke the record for season batting average by a catcher, holds the record for career home runs at his position, and was selected as an All Star 12 times. Mike was groomed for baseball success by his ambitious, self-made father in Pennsylvania, a classic father-son American-dream story.
"I only thought i knew the Mike Piazza story"
Ron Barr interviews legendary MLB catcher Mike Piazza about overcoming obstacles throughout his life, the accomplishments that mean the most to him, and the sometimes faulty evaluation process used by scouts. This interview took place on August 3rd, 2007.