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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: 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!

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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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Latest Show: Baseball Diplomacy, Tom Meschery, Williams-DiMaggio Swap?

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 17:06:24 -0400

Randy Kaplan has collected 350 baseballs signed by world leaders. This week on Only A Game, Kaplan talks about popes, presidents and Vladimir Putin. Plus, a descendant of Leo Tolstoy talks about his decade in the NBA — and poetry. And the story of a Ted Williams-Joe DiMaggio trade that almost happened...maybe. Join us!

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Latest Show: Life After BALCO, The 1st Tour De France, Golf In Herat

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:52:08 -0400

BALCO founder Victor Conte spent four months in prison after a federal raid of his offices in 2003. This week on Only A Game, Conte opens up about peddling steroids — and switching sides in the fight against doping. Plus, a tale of violence and deception at the first Tour de France. And the golf shot that changed the life of an Afghan woman. Join us!

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Latest Show: Mack's Legacy, Energetic Wrestlers, Backyard Baseball

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:21:53 -0400

Mack Brady was just 8 years old when he died of sepsis. This week on Only A Game, how Mack's family and friends embraced joy — and soccer. Plus, the Lefever boys were destroying their home, until their mother put a wrestling mat in the basement. And how Backyard Baseball's Pablo Sanchez became an unlikely hero — and one of the greatest video game characters of all time.

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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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