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Only A Game



An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield.



Copyright: Copyright Trustees of Boston University
 



Latest Show: 'Deacon' White, Forgotten Gold Medal, Lineman In Vietnam

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:15:12 -0400

James "Deacon" White recorded professional baseball's first hit and pioneered the catcher position. This week on Only A Game, 96-year-old Betty Jackson helps tell the story of her grandfather. Also, a long-forgotten Olympic gold medal is recovered by a basketball star and her family. And the tale of a former NFL lineman who played a critical role in the bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War. Join us!


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Latest Show: Ali And The Court Clerk, Competitive Creative Writing, 'WAR' Song

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:02:06 -0400

In 1967, Muhammad Ali was sentenced to five years in prison for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War. This week on Only A Game, the story of the Supreme Court clerk who helped reverse that ruling. Plus, Ohio middle schools compete for glory in competitive creative writing. And a songwriter uses his music to "WAR" against baseball's most complex statistics. Join us!


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Latest Show: Vin Baker, 185-Round Fight, First Female MLB Writers

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:06:12 -0400

After losing nearly $100 million, former NBA All-Star Vin Baker found a job ... at Starbucks. This week on Only A Game, Baker talks about addiction — and why serving coffee was "the upswing." Also, the story behind a bare-knuckle fight that lasted 185 rounds. And a look back at the fight over women in the locker room, as Claire Smith becomes the first woman to win baseball's top writing award.


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Music Show: Devo And Chi Chi, Barry Zito's Guitar, Finding 'Helena'

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 17:43:41 -0400

Devo's first full-length album featured an image of Hall of Fame golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez on the cover ... kind of. This week on Only A Game, we find out how and why. Also, Barry Zito's journey from Cy Young-winning pitcher to Billboard Top 100 country artist. And, the search for the tennis champion behind a Swedish pop singer's hit single. Join us!


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Archenemies: Harrison V. Doubt, Walton V. Pain, Hardy V. Sexism

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:54:16 -0400

Summer is a time for superhero blockbusters. This week on Only A Game, we have stories about athletes taking on their archenemies. Our heroes: American hurdler Kendra Harrison battles self-doubt. Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton struggles against chronic back pain. And boxer Heather Hardy fights for gender equality. Join us!


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Latest Show: Race Across America, Beep Baseball, Snowkiting

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:47:53 -0400

As long as she's been an athlete, Trish Karter has faced adversity. This week on Only A Game, the 60-year-old athlete tells the story of a discouraging high school coach, a traumatic brain injury and the Race Across America. Plus, a baseball player finds his way back to the field after losing his vision. And one thrill-seeker takes on his lifelong obsession with Mount St. Helens using a snowkite. Join us!


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Latest Show: Jason Collins, George Washington, Gut Bacteria

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:46:17 -0400

In 2013, Jason Collins became the first openly gay male athlete in any of the the U.S.'s four major sports leagues. This week on Only A Game, Collins tells his story. Also, one of George Washington's descendants tries to get closer to his famous ancestor — through dancing, bowling and other sports. And a former DI basketball player brings sports and science together — by studying gut bacteria. Join us!


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Summer Vacations: White Dragon Horse, Mini Golf, Remembering Johnny

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:41:39 -0400

This week on Only A Game — we're telling stories of summer vacations. We follow one cyclist's cross-country search for humanity on the White Dragon Horse. Plus, we meet a Cape Cod couple who won't sell their mini golf course — not even for a million bucks. And, we hear the story of a father who's spreading his son's ashes at all 30 MLB ballparks. Join us!


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Latest Show: Rio's Olympic Legacy, Ichiro's Milestone, Tup Holmes

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:31:41 -0400

Last summer, all eyes were on Rio as the world's best athletes competed at the 2016 Olympics. This week on Only A Game, a look at Rio's legacy of displacement, despair — and resistance in Vila Autódromo. Also, the story of one baseball superfan's 18-month quest to witness Ichiro Suzuki's 3,000th career hit. And, Alfred "Tup" Holmes' fight to desegregate golf in Atlanta in the 1950s. Join us!


Media Files:
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Latest Show: Jim Abbott, Yale's Worst Rower, Rubik's Cube History

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:40:48 -0400

Jim Abbott was a pitcher in the Major Leagues for a decade. He was also born without a right hand. This week on Only A Game, Abbott tells the story of a teacher who taught him an important lesson. Also, the self-proclaimed worst oarsman in Yale history finds an unlikely rowing partner in Italy. And the rise, fall and rise of the Rubik's Cube. Join us!


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