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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: 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 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 a Marlins uniform. Join us!

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Latest Show: Basketball In Tokyo, Ireland And The America East Conference

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:03:31 -0500

As basketball season heats up, we have three basketball stories from around the globe: After his father died, Sam Perkins turned a father-son tradition of attending 'America East' games into a full-time job. Also, Ira Brown grew up in a small Texas town without a stable family or home. Now he's found both — and a basketball career — in Tokyo. And how 23-year-old Pete Strickland brought the "Maryland All-Stars" to Ireland — and is now poised to become Ireland's basketball's hero again, 37 years later. Join us!!

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Latest Show: 'Dust Bowl Girls,' A Baseball Beaning, Golf Shorts

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:41:42 -0500

Out of Oklahoma during the Great Depression, a champion women's basketball team emerged. This week on Only A Game, Bill Littlefield tells the story of the "Dust Bowl Girls." Also, a family outing to a minor league baseball game took a terrible turn when a line drive hit a 6-year-old fan. And a Sports Illustrated senior writer tells the story of a basketball coach's lesson that took 13 years to sink in. Plus, shorts on the golf course? A fierce debate. Join us!

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Latest Show: History Of Sports Bras, Nazi Spy, Integrating The ACC

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:57:31 -0500

It changed the game for half the population. This week on Only A Game, we tell the story of how the sports bra was invented. Also, Violette Morris was a pioneering female athlete in France during the 1920s. But smoking, swearing and pants-wearing got her banned from competition — and then she became a Nazi. Plus, Willie Cooper was on track to be the first black basketball player in the ACC. Today, he's still haunted by what could have been. Join us!

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Latest Show: Amos Alonzo Stagg, Lanier High Basketball, From Xena To Ninja Warrior

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:31:27 -0500

With a coaching career that spanned nearly seven decades, Amos Alonzo Stagg is known as one of early football's most influential coaches. This week on Only A Game, Stagg's little-known contribution to the campaign for equality for Japanese-American citizens after WWII. Also, Lanier High School's all-Mexican-American basketball team broke racial barriers in 1939 when it competed for the San Antonio city champioship, but it's what happened next that shocked a lot of people. And, Jessie Graff's journey from aspiring princess warrior to Hollywood stunt double to American Ninja Warrior. Join us!

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