Only A Game

Only A Game

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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: July 23-24

Gino Marchetti fought in the Battle of the Bulge and starred in what's been called the "The Greatest Game Ever Played." This week on Only A Game, Marchetti tells the story of his journey from World War II to the NFL.

Latest Show: July 23-24

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Littlefield: Olympic Doping And The Hemingway Pill

Reports of state-sponsored doping in Russia have Bill Littlefield thinking about athletes (and, maybe, sportswriters) who cheat to be the best.

Littlefield: Olympic Doping And The Hemingway Pill

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Latest Show: July 16-17

When Jackie Robinson asked teammate Carl Erskine why he wasn't bothered by race, Erskine replied with two words: Johnny Wilson. This week on Only A Game, we tell the story of a childhood friendship that changed the All-Star pitcher's life. And, after the decline of her boxing career, former world champ Christy Martin was shot by her husband and left for dead. Plus, the most controversial moment from the 2016 MLB All-Star Game happened before the first pitch.

Latest Show: July 16-17

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'The False Dream And The Cost': Littlefield On Online Gambling

The Massachusetts State Lottery wants to expand to online platforms. Bill Littlefield thinks that's a bad idea.

'The False Dream And The Cost': Littlefield On Online Gambling

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Latest Show: July 9-10

This week on Only A Game, our collaboration with Sports Illustrated continues. In the second of four audio pieces produced for SI's Where Are They Now series, Theo Fleury explains how he walked away from hockey and found his true calling. Also, how the knuckleball saved rookie All-Star Steven Wright's baseball career, and a fictional tale of a wrestler-turned-circus-performer. Join us!

Latest Show: July 9-10

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Our Latest Show: July 2-3

Maury Wills was the MVP of the 1962 MLB All-Star Game, but he almost didn't make it to the game. This week on Only A Game, we'll take a closer look at baseball race relations 15 years after integration. Also, with Wimbledon underway, we explore left-handers diminished advantage in tennis. And former Portland Trail Blazer Billy Ray Bates talks about the off-court issues that derailed his NBA career — and his life.

Our Latest Show: July 2-3

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Remembering Women's Hoops Pioneer Pat Summitt

As the head coach of the women's basketball team at Tennessee, Summitt presided over more wins than any other Division I coach, female or male.

Remembering Women's Hoops Pioneer Pat Summitt

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Our Latest Show: June 25-26

Why should today's celebrity athletes send a thank you note to former Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe? We'll answer that question this week on Only A Game. We'll also meet a 42-year-old boxer who's homeless...and a world champion. Plus, the story of a man who spent five years circumnavigating the globe. Join us!

Our Latest Show: June 25-26

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Littlefield On Big Papi's Draining Retirement Tour

This week David Ortiz said that he's had second thoughts about his season-long retirement tour. This admission has led Bill Littlefield to a poetic conclusion.

Littlefield On Big Papi's Draining Retirement Tour

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The Origins Show: June 18-19

This week on Only A Game, we'll revisit some of our favorite origin stories.

The Origins Show: June 18-19

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