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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: #outruncancer, Laila Vs. Muhammad Ali, Blind Broadcaster

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:21:39 -0400

Most people know about Muhammad Ali's most famous fights. But this week on Only A Game, a look back at the boxer's toughest bouts — against his youngest daughter, Laila. Also, two childhood friends had fallen out of touch, until one of them was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, they both want to #outruncancer. And broadcaster Ed Lucas explains how baseball took his sight — but gave him a life. Join us!

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Latest Show: MLB During WWII, Man O' War, And The SH*T

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:43:34 -0400

Major League Baseball carried on during WWII, but talent was in short supply. This week on Only A Game, the story of the 1945 Washington Senators and their one-legged player-coach. Plus, the life of Man o' War — a horse that some say 'transcended its species.' And a tale of a teenaged boy, his famous neighbor and the Saunders Hoop Invitational Tournament. Join us!

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Latest Show: Revisiting Sprewell, Lacrosse Brothers, Chargers' Move

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:19:14 -0400

The Golden State Warriors are now known for their team chemistry. Two decades ago, the franchise had a very different image. This week on Only A Game, we explore the link between the Sprewell-Carlesimo incident and the team's current success. Also, four brothers from the Onondaga Reservation make it pro in lacrosse. Plus, the story of two San Diego natives affected by the Chargers' move to LA. Join us!

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Latest Show: Dr. Baseball, Refugee Camp Soccer, Congressional Ballgame

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:11:57 -0400

You've heard of multitasking — but have you heard of the ballplayer who went to medical school? This week on Only A Game, Dr. Gail Hopkins and his wife, Caroline, explain how they balanced it all. Plus, we look at the not-so-silly reason behind the supremely silly Congressional Baseball Game. And, the tale of a refugee camp, soccer ball and children's book. Join us!

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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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