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An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, Only A Game is radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider. Produced by WBUR in Boston, Only A Game puts sports in perspective with intelligent analysis, insightful interviews and a keen sense humor.More from Only A Game »

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Latest Show: Steve Palermo, Women's Soccer In Brazil, A Sea Captain's Dream

By 1991, former MLB umpire Steve Palermo had worked the All-Star Game, the American League Championship Series and the World Series. But in July of that year, he helped two women who were being mugged outside a Dallas restaurant — and it ended up costing him his career. Also this week on Only A Game: the story of a Brazilian soccer player who has dedicated herself to the game — and to the fight for gender equality. And, a charter boat captain's lifelong dream realized in the Caribbean. Join us!

Latest Show: Steve Palermo, Women's Soccer In Brazil, A Sea Captain's Dream

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Littlefield: 'Manny Being Manny'

Manny Ramirez last played in the MLB five years ago, but this week we have two reasons to remember him. Bill Littlefield regards the opportunity as a gift.

Littlefield: 'Manny Being Manny'

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Latest Show: Rich Hill, LeBron As OCD Treatment, Daredevils At Niagara Falls

After Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill signed a three-year, $48 million contract in the offseason, he thanked his family, including his son, Brooks, who died in 2014. "We made the decision to live for Brooks," Hill recalls this week on Only A Game. Plus, an attorney explains how watching LeBron James helped him treat his severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. And, the story of a man from Niagara Falls, Ontario, who received more lifesaving awards from the Canadian government than any other person in history. Join us!

Latest Show: Rich Hill, LeBron As OCD Treatment, Daredevils At Niagara Falls

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Best Of Show: Bobbleheads, Kobe's English Teacher, And The Daughter Of Waziristan

This week on Only A Game, we re-visit some of our favorite stories from the past year. OAG's Karen Given tells the story of the business deal that changed bobblehead history. Also, we'll meet Kobe Bryant's muse: his high school English teacher. And after she became the best female squash player in Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai's life was at risk. She tells her story. Join us!

Best Of Show: Bobbleheads, Kobe's English Teacher, And The Daughter Of Waziristan

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Latest Show: Secret Mission At The '36 Olympics, 'The Fight Before Christmas,' More

In the summer of 1936, CBS sportscaster Ted Husing was in Berlin to call the Olympics...or, at least, that's what most people thought. This week on Only A Game, Karen Given explains how Husing helped his Jewish relatives escape from Germany. Plus, the story of a dying boxer who fought one last time to give his family one last Christmas. And, four years ago, Jack Taylor became the biggest story in basketball when he set an NCAA record with 138 points in a single game. Now, Taylor doesn't play — or even watch — the sport. Join us!

Latest Show: Secret Mission At The '36 Olympics, 'The Fight Before Christmas,' More

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Taking A Stand, Taking A Knee: Littlefield On Athletes As Role Models

As the year comes to an end, Bill Littlefield finds himself revisiting the still complicated notion of the athlete as role model.

Taking A Stand, Taking A Knee: Littlefield On Athletes As Role Models

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Latest Show: Kendra Harrison's Backup Plan, White Dragon Horse, NFL Grocery Store

American hurdler Kendra Harrison didn't qualify for Rio...so she decided to set a new goal. This week on Only A Game, how Harrison took down a 28-year-old world record. Plus, a search for humanity on the White Dragon Horse, former NFL player Tyrone Legette builds a grocery store, and a night of sports stand-up at the Broadway Comedy Club. Join us!

Latest Show: Kendra Harrison's Backup Plan, White Dragon Horse, NFL Grocery Store

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Littlefield On Bill Lee's Run For Vermont Governor

This week, Bill Littlefield learned that a former Major Leaguer who will turn 70 on the 28th of this month is still pitching...and still running.

Littlefield On Bill Lee's Run For Vermont Governor

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Latest Show: 'Theismann For Heisman,' Artificial Turf Scandal, And More

When quarterback Joe Theismann arrived at Notre Dame, he pronounced his last name "THEES-mann." By the time he left, it was "THIGHS-mann." This week on Only A Game, the story of Joe Theismann and his pursuit of the 1970 Heisman Trophy. Plus, OAG's Karen Given gets a behind-the-scenes look at the investigation into an artificial turf company and the resulting class-action lawsuit. And Leon Powe made it from a rough Oakland neighborhood to the NBA. But his promising basketball career was cut short. Powe tells the story of the one night during the 2008 NBA Finals that changed his life — and made possible his return to the Boston Celtics. Join us!

Latest Show: 'Theismann For Heisman,' Artificial Turf Scandal, And More

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Littlefield: Dress Codes, Assigned Seats, And Silly NFL Rules

Bill Littlefield was last required to wear a necktie in 1966. He was surprised to learn this week that on at least one NFL team, the rule is still in place.

Littlefield: Dress Codes, Assigned Seats, And Silly NFL Rules

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