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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: World Record Canoe Trip, Former Dodgers GM, Cam Newton

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:49:36 -0400

Don Starkell and his two sons, Dana and Jeff, set out in a canoe on June 1, 1980, to do something that had never been done before. This week on Only A Game, the dangers they faced while paddling 12,000 miles from Canada to Brazil. Also, Ned Colletti shares stories from his time as Dodgers general manager. And, the cost of NFL quarterback Cam Newton's sexist comments. Join us!

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Latest Show: 'Stengelese,' 61-Year-Old Rookie, College Hoops Scandal

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:15:23 -0400

Casey Stengel won seven World Series as Yankees manager. But this week on Only A Game, we remember Stengel for the language all his own. Also, the story of a pitcher who decided to go pro — in his 50s. Plus, the FBI as NCAA enforcers, and the story of an Iranian chess champion who found herself at the center of controversy. Join us!

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Latest Show: Baseball On Rosh Hashanah, Kaepernick Jersey, Maria Sharapova

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:25:42 -0400

In 1934, Hank Greenberg was the star of a Tigers team vying for the pennant. This week on Only A Game, Greenberg's struggle to balance baseball and his Jewish faith during a period of intense anti-Semitism in Detroit. And a Sports Illustrated reporter donned a Colin Kaepernick jersey and headed into the thick of a Buffalo Bills tailgate. Plus, Maria Sharapova had to overcome Lindsay Davenport — and fox poop — to win her first Wimbledon title. Join us!

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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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