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An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield.

An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield.
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An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield.

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English

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Boston, MA 02215 617-353-1860


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Episodes

Gov. Gavin Newsom, Black Sox Scandal, LeBron Faces Criticism

10/18/2019
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Gavin Newsom says he would not be the governor of California if not for college sports. So why did he decide to sign a law that challenges the entire NCAA system? Also this week on Only A Game, the story of Boston gambler Joseph "Sport" Sullivan's role in the Black Sox Scandal. And LeBron James is facing criticism for his response to Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey's tweet about Hong Kong. Join us!

Duration:00:48:18

White Sox Announcer, A Special Baseball Card, Joe Frazier's Generosity

10/11/2019
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Jason Benetti grew up with cerebral palsy and with dreams of becoming the White Sox announcer. But as he got older, he gravitated toward radio because he didn't want to be seen. This week on Only A Game, Benetti's path to his dream job. Also, Keith Comstock was tired of doing the same poses for his minor league baseball card, so he decided to take a ball to the crotch. And Joe Frazier wasn't outspoken publicly. But one writer delves into Frazier's quiet acts of kindness. Join us!

Duration:00:48:04

Tight End-Turned-Comedian Gary Gulman And Other 'Curveball' Stories

10/4/2019
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Sometimes, things don't go as expected. This week on Only A Game, stories about the metaphorical curveball — moments when life takes a surprising turn. There's comedian Gary Gulman, who went from playing football to pursuing comedy. And there's Tori Petry, who went from covering the Detroit Lions to playing semi-pro football. Also: the story of a man who ran a marathon ... in prison. Join us!

Duration:00:48:33

UNLV Hockey Coach's Recovery, Dodgers' Fantasy Football, NCAA Scandal Fallout

9/27/2019
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UNLV men's hockey assistant coach Nick Robone was one of the hundreds wounded during the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 58 people. This week on Only A Game, Nick discusses the importance of the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the aftermath of the shooting. Also, the story of a young Los Angeles Dodgers analyst who teamed up with star third baseman Justin Turner ... in fantasy football. And a look at the NCAA's case against Kansas. Join us!

Duration:00:48:25

#WearPinkForWendy, Cave Diving ... In An Iceberg, Tommy John's 3-Error Meltdown

9/20/2019
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After losing his wife, Wendy, to breast cancer, Arkansas State football coach Blake Anderson found support in an unexpected place: enemy territory. This week on Only A Game, the story of why Georgia Bulldogs fans chose to #WearPinkForWendy. Also, cave diver and underwater filmmaker Jill Heinerth's brushes with death as she and her crew became the first-ever to cave dive inside an iceberg. And how Tommy John set an undesirable MLB record in a matter of 12 seconds.

Duration:00:48:31

Curtis Granderson, Ballplayer Remembers 9/11, Sports Romance Novels

9/13/2019
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Curtis Granderson is a 16-year MLB veteran. This week on Only A Game, Granderson talks baseball, community and why he doesn't Instagram photos of food. Plus, the story of former minor league baseball player Pete Murphy who was working in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. And from "Check, Please!" to "The Bromance Book Club," a look at the popular genre of sports romance novels.

Duration:00:48:33

Pohnpei Gets Soccer Back, Fantasy Football Boredom, Crawling To The Finish

9/6/2019
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Pohnpei is an island in Micronesia with a population of less than 40,000. By 2009, its national soccer team — which had never won an international match — had effectively disbanded. This week on Only A Game, the story of soccer's return to Pohnpei. Also, why listening to people talk about fantasy football is the worst. And the story of the crawl that kept one woman's running dream alive. Join us!

Duration:00:48:31

From The NFL To Outer Space, Andrew Luck's Retirement, Clemson's $2 Bills

8/30/2019
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Leland Melvin went to training camp with the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys. And he went to space with NASA. This week on Only A Game, Leland Melvin chronicles how he got there. Plus, what does Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's retirement at age 29 mean for the NFL? And Clemson football fans are known for spending $2 bills whenever they travel to away games. Why? Join us to find out!

Duration:00:48:58

From Middlebury To NFL, Fort William FC, Arm Wrestling In Chile

8/23/2019
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Vermont's Middlebury College is perhaps better known for its Quidditch team than its Div. III football team. But this week on Only A Game, the story of a Middlebury grad who's now an NFL veteran. Plus, the worst team in Scotland's lowest-tier pro soccer league needed help. That's when a local police officer on medical leave stepped in. And the story of a man who is trying to bridge the social class divide in Chile ... via arm wrestling. Join us!

Duration:00:48:45

Bud Selig's White House Adventures, Hennessy, LAX Dad

8/16/2019
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After MLB players walked off the job in 1994, President Bill Clinton intervened. This week on Only A Game, former baseball Commissioner Bud Selig recounts his dealings with the White House. Also, the connection between cyclist Major Taylor and the cognac brand Hennessy. And John Grant Jr. retired from Major League Lacrosse in 2017. Then his daughter made him reconsider... Join us!

Duration:00:49:20

Investigating A Track Coach, Team Challenge ALS, Dolphins Owner

8/9/2019
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ESPN's Outside the Lines recently investigated track coach Conrad Mainwaring, who has been accused of abusing 41 boys and young men over 44 years. This week on Only A Game, the story behind the investigation. Plus, pro basketball player Sean Marshall is helping his former college roommate — and Ice Bucket Challenge inspiration — Pete Frates challenge ALS. And Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills has spoken out against team owner Stephen Ross, who is holding a fundraiser for President Trump....

Duration:00:49:09

NBA 2K League Star, Soccer Family, Don Jackson Challenges The NCAA

8/2/2019
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In 2018, the NBA launched the 2K League, in which elite gamers compete in a video game version of NBA basketball. This week, the story of Albano Thomallari, aka oFab, one of the league's biggest stars.

Duration:00:48:55

Scott Hamilton, Pickleball in Jail, Pete Rose's Trip To Vietnam

7/26/2019
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Long before he won an Olympic gold medal, Scott Hamilton was just a sickly kid, trying on skates for the first time.

Duration:00:48:58

A Hockey Sponsorship From A Dictator And Other Sports 'Hail Marys'

7/19/2019
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This week on Only A Game, we share some stories of last-chance efforts off the field.

Duration:00:48:53

Disco Demolition Night, A'ja Wilson Fan, Mascot Successes ... And Failures

7/12/2019
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In between a 1979 doubleheader at Comiskey Park, the Chicago White Sox took a giant pile of disco records to center field ... and blew them up.

Duration:00:48:56

Vlad and Vlad Jr., Wheelchair Tennis Journey, Basketball And NASA

7/5/2019
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This week on Only A Game, a lifelong Montreal baseball fan remembers Vladimir Guerrero's Expos career — and discusses his excitement for the Hall of Famer's son.

Duration:00:49:16

Andre Iguodala, Ultramarathon Origin, 'The Office' Plays Basketball

6/28/2019
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Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala started the first 758 games of his NBA career. But when Steve Kerr took over as Golden State's head coach, he had a new challenge for the 10-year veteran.

Duration:00:48:59

Lauren And Aaron Holiday, The '69 Mets, Kalin Bennett's Basketball Journey

6/21/2019
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Last June, the Indiana Pacers selected Aaron Holiday in the first round of the NBA Draft. His older brothers, Jrue and Justin, have already established themselves as NBA veterans. But Aaron says his sister, Lauren, was the best basketball player in the family.

Duration:00:49:23

Father's Day Show: Dale And Yogi Berra, Dad And Barkley (Plus An Update)

6/14/2019
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Dale Berra used cocaine throughout his career as a Major League Baseball player. But when his family had had enough of his drug use, Dale's father, Yogi, showed his tough love. Join us!

Duration:00:48:50

Women's World Cup: The '99ers' Fight For Equity, Soccer In South Korea, Norway's Champion

6/7/2019
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. women's national soccer team's 1999 World Cup title. This week on Only A Game, we hear from Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy and others about the '99ers off-field fight for gender equity. Plus, American Georgia Cloepfil reflects on her experience playing professional soccer in South Korea. And why Norwegian soccer star Ada Hegerberg won't be taking the pitch at the Women's World Cup underway in France. Join us!

Duration:00:49:06