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Nike's HIV-Positive Runner Ad, Baltimore Colts Mania, Charm School

Nike drew headlines last month for making Colin Kaepernick the face of its "Just Do It" campaign. But before Kaepernick, Nike had Ric Muñoz. This week on Only A Game, the story behind Nike's 1995 HIV-positive runner ad. Plus, the father-son story behind a Baltimore Colts fan website. And the Women's Basketball League team that sent its players to charm school. Join us!

Nike's HIV-Positive Runner Ad, Baltimore Colts Mania, Charm School

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Briana Scurry, Sports Talk Radio, Ashe And Connors

The lasting image from the 1999 Women's World Cup belongs to Brandi Chastain. This week on Only A Game, Team USA goalkeeper Briana Scurry speculates on what would have happened if it was her image — making the save — that got the attention. Plus, why sports talk radio doesn't want female listeners. And the story of Arthur Ashe's momentous upset over Jimmy Connors at the 1975 Wimbledon final. Join us!

Briana Scurry, Sports Talk Radio, Ashe And Connors

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#OutrunCancer, Jim Sterkel Court And Other Sports Assists

In sports, it's usually the one who scores who gets the most glory. Assists are often less flashy, but they're just as important. This week on Only A Game, we're sharing stories of sports assists that transcend sports — from a duo who #outruncancer to the organ donation that connects an MLB Hall of Famer to the family of a former NFL player. Join us!

#OutrunCancer, Jim Sterkel Court And Other Sports Assists

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Baseball Rule Proposal, Poet/Basketball Fan, Chicago Sting's Cuba Visit

The average Major League Baseball game this season has taken three hours and four minutes. This week on Only A Game, NYU game theorists propose a radical rule change to shorten games. Plus, the story of a poet who is obsessed with NBA guard D'Angelo Russell. And the Chicago Sting's trailblazing 1978 trip to Cuba. Join us!

Baseball Rule Proposal, Poet/Basketball Fan, Chicago Sting's Cuba Visit

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Battle Of The Sexes, Native Hockey Trailblazer, Atlanta Braves' Organist

This week on Only A Game, how Billie Jean King's 1973 win over Bobby Riggs sparked a scary confrontation on the Alaskan tundra. Plus, the story of Fred Sasakamoose's journey from an Indian residential school to the NHL. And the Atlanta Braves' organist who loves playing walk-up songs ... for the visiting team. Join us!

Battle Of The Sexes, Native Hockey Trailblazer, Atlanta Braves' Organist

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Rowing The Atlantic, Kamau Murray, Med Student/Linebacker

This week on Only A Game, the story of a biology teacher who set out to row from Newfoundland to England. Also, Kamau Murray is famous for coaching 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens. But that's not his only job — Murray also runs a tennis center on the south side of Chicago. Plus, the story of an NFL linebacker who moonlighted as a med student. Join us!

Rowing The Atlantic, Kamau Murray, Med Student/Linebacker

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Ora Washington, Baseball Card Collector, 'Star-Spangled Banner'

Next week the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will induct one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. Her name is Ora Washington, and her story was almost lost to history. Plus, a baseball card collector helps honor a former Major Leaguer. And the "Star-Spangled Banner" is played before sporting events at every level. But that might never have come to be if not for the 1918 World Series. Join us!

Ora Washington, Baseball Card Collector, 'Star-Spangled Banner'

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College Football's Future, Judo At A Japanese Internment Camp, Urban Meyer

Despite growing evidence about the dangers of football, the number of colleges offering the sport isn't shrinking. In fact, it's growing. This week on Only A Game, we look at the morality of college football and the future of the sport. Plus, the story of an LAPD sergeant who brought LA kids to a Japanese internment camp during World War II for judo tournaments. Join us!

College Football's Future, Judo At A Japanese Internment Camp, Urban Meyer

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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!

The Story Of Women's Baseball, Uptown YWCA, Fight Doctor

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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!

Savannah Bananas, Sportswriting Dreams, Ken 'Hawk' Harrelson

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