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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: Kareem And Coach Wooden, Elam Ending, Rick Ankiel

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:24:59 -0400

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and John Wooden couldn't have appeared less alike on the surface. This week on Only A Game, how the two men forged a 50-year friendship. Also, Mensa member/MLB groundskeeper Nick Elam is trying to revolutionize the rules of basketball to make the ends of games more exciting. And former MLB pitcher Rick Ankiel opens up about the game that led to the end of his pitching career — and a second baseball dream. Join us!


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Latest Show: Soccer In A Kenyan Slum, Craig Hodges, Pro Athlete/Mom

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:13:38 -0400

Thousands of Kenyan children are benefiting from a soccer league founded in one of Nairobi's oldest and largest slums. This week on Only A Game, the story of the Mathare Youth Sports Association. Also, the tale of an NBA champion and activist who says he was blackballed for his political views. Plus, Allison Feaster talks about balancing motherhood and pro basketball. Join us!


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Latest Show: Golf With Trump, Street Soccer, Football And The First Lady

Fri, 05 May 2017 18:19:38 -0400

Three years ago, golf writer James Dodson was invited to play golf with Donald Trump. Rain cut short the outing, but Dodson came away with stories...and a cheeseburger. Plus, a soccer team that's helping the homeless in Sacramento. And, the story of a Boston high school football player who asked the first lady of Massachusetts for a donation — and got much more than he expected.


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Latest Show: Punjabi Hockey, Fight Fixing, Gate Crashing And More

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:50:08 -0400

Just one 11-second call made announcer Harnarayan Singh famous for broadcasting hockey in Punjabi. This week on Only A Game, a look back at how he got there. Also, Mace Bugen stood just 43-inches tall. But that didn't stop him from getting photos with some of the biggest names in sports. And we get a primer on how to fix fights. Join us!


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Latest Show: Soccer Player/Resistance Fighter, First Female Marathoner, More

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:49:38 -0400

Meijer Stad was a Dutch soccer player — and a resistance fighter during World War II. This week on Only A Game, the story of Stad's double life. Plus, Arlene Piper was the first woman to officially complete a marathon in the U.S. But for 50 years, she didn't know she had a place in sports history. Plus, a pickup basketball league's 25-year reunion brings together long-lost friends. Join us!


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Latest Show: The Life And Legacy Of Jackie Robinson

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:17:41 -0400

This week on Only A Game, we're celebrating the 70th anniversary of the integration of baseball with stories about Jackie Robinson. We'll learn about the advice and encouragement Robinson gave to Boston politician, Ray Flynn when he was just 10 years old. Plus, the story of a decades-long feud between Robinson and former Dodgers manager Leo Durocher. And former Major Leaguer Lou Collier is trying to bring baseball back to the South Side of Chicago. Join us!


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Latest Show: NBA's Forgotten History, Scott Simon's Cubs, Olympic Wine

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:09:45 -0400

There's the story that's been told about the invention of basketball's shot clock. And then there's the true story. This week on Only A Game, the life and death of Leo Ferris, the NBA's co-founder history almost forgot. Plus, NPR Weekend Edition host/Cubs fan Scott Simon tells the story of an infamous (and blue) managerial rant. And an Olympic bet that resulted in a vineyard. Join us!


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Latest Show: Love/Hate For LeBron, Inner Tube Water Polo, Wall Street Football

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:04:16 -0400

When LeBron James ditched Cleveland for Miami, sportswriter Scott Raab wrote a book titled "The Whore of Akron." He now regrets his word choice... This week on Only A Game, the story of a writer's love-hate-love relationship with LeBron. Also, the story of the greatest intramural inner tube water polo dynasty you've never heard of. And a 23-year-old Wall Street analyst tries to join the Michigan football team. Join us!


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Latest Show: Armless Archer, NASCAR Driver's Hoops Past, March Madness

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:15:35 -0400

In 1982, Matt Stutzman was born without arms. In 2015, he earned the ranking of 11th best archer on the planet and set a Guinness World Record. This week on Only A Game, Stutzman's road to the top of the archery world. Also, Brendan Gaughan has made a lengthy career for himself racing in NASCAR. But at Georgetown University, he was a basketball benchwarmer who guarded Hall of Famer Allen Iverson in practice. And, in a special March Madness-themed "3 Stories You Should Know," we'll discuss college hoops cliches, Michigan's wild (and dangerous) ride to the Sweet 16 and the "Gentrification of College Hoops." Join us!


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Latest Show: D-League Devotee, Prison Marathoner, Piazza Card Collector

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:05:16 -0400

Like lots of talented basketball players, Derrick Jones Jr. went pro after one year in college. Unlike lots of pro basketball players, he wanted to stay in school. This week on Only A Game, Jones Jr's unlikely route to the NBA. And, what's harder than running a marathon? Running it on a treadmill...in prison. We'll have the story of an ex-con running toward a better life. Plus, we'll meet a man devoted to collecting baseball cards featuring Mike Piazza...in a Marlins uniform. Join us!


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