Only A Game
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An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield.
||CleanLatest Show: Baseball On Rosh Hashanah, Kaepernick Jersey, Maria Sharapova||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!||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLatest Show: 'Deacon' White, Forgotten Gold Medal, Lineman In Vietnam||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!||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLatest Show: Ali And The Court Clerk, Competitive Creative Writing, 'WAR' Song||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!||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLatest Show: Vin Baker, 185-Round Fight, First Female MLB Writers||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.||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusic Show: Devo And Chi Chi, Barry Zito's Guitar, Finding 'Helena'||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!||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArchenemies: Harrison V. Doubt, Walton V. Pain, Hardy V. Sexism||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!||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLatest Show: Race Across America, Beep Baseball, Snowkiting||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!||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLatest Show: Jason Collins, George Washington, Gut Bacteria||In 2013, Jason Collins became the first openly gay male athlete in any of the the U.S.'s four major sports leagues. This week on Only A Game, Collins tells his story. Also, one of George Washington's descendants tries to get closer to his famous ancestor — through dancing, bowling and other sports. And a former DI basketball player brings sports and science together — by studying gut bacteria. Join us!||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer Vacations: White Dragon Horse, Mini Golf, Remembering Johnny||This week on Only A Game — we're telling stories of summer vacations. We follow one cyclist's cross-country search for humanity on the White Dragon Horse. Plus, we meet a Cape Cod couple who won't sell their mini golf course — not even for a million bucks. And, we hear the story of a father who's spreading his son's ashes at all 30 MLB ballparks. Join us!||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLatest Show: Rio's Olympic Legacy, Ichiro's Milestone, Tup Holmes||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!||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great, entertaining sports podcast
I love this podcast. My only complaint is that I wish they'd make up their mind, either the whole show, or segments. But sometimes there is a segment that appears in the whole show, and I shouldn't have to shuffle through the podcasts. Perhaps break the whole show up into separate segments, and don't re-podcast that which you've already shared with us.
Move over ESPN
Sports news the way it oughta be, fun. And they devote time to the off beat, putting the mainstream over-hyped sports on the back burner. Refreshing.
Only A Game
A great blend of offbeat and mainstream sports stories. I get crabby when I miss a week.
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