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Paul Byrd (2023)

Behind the Glory



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-10-05

Duration: 00:13:00

Subjects: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame | LSU Tigers (Baseball team) | Baseball players | Sports


  • Rollins, Lyn Host
  • Lecoq, Christopher Producer
  • Byrd, Paul Interviewee
  • Bianco, Mike Interviewee
  • Hymel, Gary Interviewee
  • Bertman, Skip Interviewee
  • McDonald, Ben Interviewee


This episode of the series “Behind the Glory” from October 5, 2023, features Lyn Rollins’ interview with Paul Byrd, a 2023 inductee into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Byrd, a native of Kentucky, was a pitcher for the LSU baseball team from 1989-1991 and played Major League Baseball from 1995-2009. He discusses: his decision to attend LSU; playing for Skip Bertman; winning a record 17 games in one season; his professional career; and his work with Byrdhouse Ministries. This episode also includes a profile of Byrd’s career, including interviews with: Mike Bianco, former LSU catcher and current coach at Ole Miss; Gary Hymel, LSU catcher from 1988-1991; Skip Bertman, head LSU baseball coach from 1984-2001; and Ben McDonald, former LSU and MLB pitcher and current ESPN analyst.