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Latest Show: History Of The Forward Pass

In 1905, college football faced a crisis. Injuries were piling up, and games were, frankly, boring. The forward pass helped solve both problems. This week on Only A Game, we chronicle the roles of Harvard Stadium and Teddy Roosevelt in making the forward pass legal, quarterbacks Benny Friedman and Sammy Baugh who brought it to prominence and the moments that immortalized the play. Join us!

Latest Show: History Of The Forward Pass

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Latest Show: The Players' League, Betty Robinson, 'Great Halifax Explosion'

Baseball's reserve clause held until 1975, but players came close to abolishing it once before...in 1890. This week on Only A Game, a retired contractor unearths documents left behind from the Players' League. Plus, the Great Halifax Explosion of 1917 indirectly led to the creation of the most successful college hockey program in U.S. history. And, Betty Robinson, the Olympic sprinter who survived a plane crash and came back to win her second gold medal. Join us!

Latest Show: The Players' League, Betty Robinson, 'Great Halifax Explosion'

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Latest Show: Ryder Cup History, Photos Of 'The Climbers,' Badminton Becky

For decades, the Ryder Cup was monotonous and unpopular. This week on Only A Game, how the Ryder Cup has become one of golf's most emotional and intense events. Plus, a photographer's journey to the Italian Alps to track down a climbing legend. And, how an American living in China went from hating sports to playing badminton six days a week.

Latest Show: Ryder Cup History, Photos Of 'The Climbers,' Badminton Becky

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Latest Show: Thanksgiving Leftovers

This week on Only A Game, a smorgasbord of "leftover" stories that didn't fit it into past episodes. A world-record paddler takes a detour to meet a rock star. A future boxing champ learns to take a punch on the streets of Brooklyn. An American basketball player bakes bread "with" Van Morrison. NBA journeyman Jason Collins gets some advice from President Obama. And more. Join us!

Latest Show: Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Latest Show: Syracuse 8, 'Sports Miracles,' 80-Game Losing Streaks

At the height of the civil rights movement, football players at Syracuse University stood up for racial equality. This week on Only A Game, the story of the Syracuse 8. Also, a former toy company executive collects "sports miracles" and shares an almost-miracle of his own. And, learning how to win from a football coach who lost every game he played in high school and college. Join us!

Latest Show: Syracuse 8, 'Sports Miracles,' 80-Game Losing Streaks

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Veterans Day Show: Stories Of Athletes Who Served

Veterans Day Show: Stories Of Athletes Who Served

Jack Sanford was a high schooler when news of the Pearl Harbor attack broke and many of the country's best athletes joined the service. This week on Only A Game, the story of a lesser-known athlete who answered the call of duty. Plus, a World War I veteran who returned from service and saved 28 people from drowning in the Niagara River. And, a tale of two World War II veterans who met on the Rose Bowl gridiron, on the battlefield in Italy and then again after the war.

Veterans Day Show: Stories Of Athletes Who Served

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Latest Show: Undocumented Runner, Remote Coxswain, Rod Carew's Heart

A year ago, we told the story of Jose Reza, a teenager who fled cartel violence in Mexico. Jose is now a college runner. This week on Only A Game, we have an update on Jose. Also, a blind rower gets the chance to go out on her own, thanks to a new invention. Plus, the story behind a heart transplant between pro athletes. Join us!

Latest Show: Undocumented Runner, Remote Coxswain, Rod Carew's Heart

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Latest Show: Auto Racing Dangers, Fixing Ballgames, NYC Hoops

Brian Redman left school at 16 and found a career in auto racing during the sport's most deadly decade. This week on Only A Game, Redman tells a story about love in the face of injuries, accidents and brushes with death. Plus, the name "Hal Chase" probably doesn't come to mind when you think of baseball's infamous fixers, but maybe it should. And why do New Yorkers play a different style of basketball from everyone else? Join us!

Latest Show: Auto Racing Dangers, Fixing Ballgames, NYC Hoops

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Latest Show: Soccer In North Korea, Former NFL RB Baron Batch, Nika Riots

Professional soccer player Soony Saad grew up in the United States, but the Lebanese-American spent a lot of time traveling the world for his sport. This week on Only A Game, one visit he wasn't so eager to make — to North Korea. Also, a former Pittsburgh Steelers running back pursues art — and tests the city's graffiti laws. And a story of politics, protest and chariot races in the Eastern Roman Empire. Join us!

Latest Show: Soccer In North Korea, Former NFL RB Baron Batch, Nika Riots

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Power, Money And Corruption: The Story Of The NCAA

This week on Only A Game, we dedicate an entire hour to the NCAA, race and amateurism.

Power, Money And Corruption: The Story Of The NCAA

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