Only A Game


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 Aug 9, 2018
I've been listening for over a decade. I have lived this show the whole time. Sure going to miss Bill! Thanks for all the feelz🤓

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 Aug 1, 2018


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

Episode Date
The Story Of Women's Baseball, Uptown YWCA, Fight Doctor
If you live in the U.S., you might think that boys play baseball and girls play softball. But that wasn't always the case. This week on Only A Game, a look at the height of women's baseball — and the story of its decline. Plus, a Minnesota author writes a love letter to her gym. And the story of Linda Dahl, the daughter of Syrian immigrants who grew up to become a fight doctor. Join us!
Aug 17, 2018
Savannah Bananas, Sportswriting Dreams, Ken 'Hawk' Harrelson
Baseball wasn't big in Savannah, Georgia. Until the Bananas came to town. This week on Only A Game, the Savannah Bananas owners share the tumultuous origin story of baseball's wackiest team. Plus, Wanda Fischer wanted to be a sportswriter. Until a Big Leaguer suggested otherwise. And Ken "The Hawk" Harrelson looks back on seven decades of baseball. Join us!
Aug 10, 2018
Tiger Woods, Allegations At UW, NBA Vs. St. Lawrence
Tiger Woods is back among golf's elite. This week on Only A Game, Mike Pesca wonders about the broader implications of a possible Woods' comeback. Also, when it comes to coaching, where's the line between motivation and harassment? Runners at the University of Washington have been grappling that question. Plus, the story of a college basketball team that took on the NBA's Syracuse Nationals. Join us!
Aug 03, 2018
Only A Game Celebrates 25 Years With Bill Littlefield
After 25 years, Bill Littlefield is retiring as host of Only A Game. On this week's episode, Bill shares some of his favorite memories and stories from hosting the show. There's the legend of candlepin bowling, a dog named Moses and some retirement advice from Willie Mays. Join us!
Jul 27, 2018
Sports And The Military, Links Golf Quest, Paintball Origin
Giant flags, flyovers and camo jerseys are now common at sporting events. But that wasn't always the case. This week on Only A Game, the story of two veterans who are questioning the growing militarization of sports. Also, an avid golfer plays 111 rounds throughout Britain in just 57 days. And an ages-old argument leads to the first paintball match. Join us!
Jul 20, 2018
Smash Mouth's 'All Star,' Swimming + Eating Myth, 'The Super Fight'
The song "All Star" by Smash Mouth became a sports anthem, but it wasn't written for sports fans — and it almost didn't exist. This week on Only A Game, the origin of the 1999 hit. Also, we take a dive into the classic myth of fatal swimming cramps. And The Super Fight: a fantasy heavyweight bout featuring two all-time greats ... and an old computer. Join us!
Jul 13, 2018
LeBron's Legacy In Akron, Gaddafi's Hockey Sponsorship, Marathon Swimmer
On July 1, LeBron James announced he would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers. This week on Only A Game, the Akron, Ohio native's lasting impact on his hometown. Also, after racking up dept, a German hockey team turns to a dictator for help. And, the story of a world-record-holding marathon swimmer who started her career at age 46. Join us!
Jul 06, 2018
England's Imaginary '94 World Cup Bid, Egyptian Soccer, Iowa Girls' Hoops
England failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. This week on Only A Game, we revisit the fictional BBC radio drama that imagined a different fate for the English side. Also, the journey to break a curse over Egyptian soccer. And, how six-on-six girls' high school basketball became the pride of Iowa. Join us!
Jun 29, 2018
Tommy John III, @PitchingNinja, Sportswriter Romance
Tommy John is famous for the surgery that saved his pro baseball career. Now his son, Tommy John III, is rallying against the overuse of that surgery in younger ballplayers. Also this week on Only A Game, the saga of the @PitchingNinja Twitter account. And a story of romance and rivalry between two Bay Area sports writers. Join us!
Jun 22, 2018
Ray Allen's Holocaust Education, George Carlin On Sports, Sin And Baseball
Ray Allen is known as an NBA sharpshooter. This week on Only A Game, he talks about another aspect of his life: his quest to learn more — and educate others — about the Holocaust. Also, Kelly Carlin — daughter of comedian George Carlin — tells stories of her father's interest in sports. And, a story of forbidden baseball fandom on the week's holiest day. Join us!
Jun 15, 2018