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July 4th, 2015

‘Fanaticus’ Explores Why Sports Fans Get Unruly

Put a group of people together. Make them overpay for tickets. Add booze. Then give them teams to root for. The result can be a disorderly collection of people — also known as fans. In her new book “Fanaticus,” ESPN producer Justine Gubar explores the phenomenon of fandom around the world.

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June 27th, 2015

‘Great Men Die Twice’ Revisits The Writing Of Mark Kram

Mark Kram was a legendary sports writer for Sports Illustrated in the 1960s and ’70s. His exit from S.I. caused problems for his son Mark Kram, Jr., who had the name first and also became a sports writer. Kram, Jr. edited the new collection of his father’s work titled “Great Men Die Twice” and joins Bill Littlefield.

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June 20th, 2015

‘You Can’t Make This Up’ Chronicles Al Michaels’ Half Century In Sports

Chances are, if you have watched a sporting event on television, you’ve heard Al Michaels’ voice. Michaels joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his career, his famous “Miracle on Ice” call, and his new memoir, “You Can’t Make This Up.”

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June 13th, 2015

‘Split Season’ Details The Strike Shortened 1981 MLB Season

The 1981 baseball season was shaping up to be a great one, behind Pete Rose’s bat and Fernando Valenzuela’s arm. But the season was interrupted by a strike, which is the focus of author and mayor of Cooperstown Jeff Katz’s new book. Katz talked with Bill Littlefield.

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June 6th, 2015

‘Molina’ Remembers A Father Who Raised Three World Series Champs

Bengie Molina played in the Major Leagues from 1998 until 2010. His brothers Jose and Yadier have also had pro careers. Bengie joined Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book, “Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised An Unlikely Baseball Dynasty.”

In Their Own Words
June 6th, 2015

Gobbled Up By The Peloton: A Cyclist Gets A Hand…And A Push

Writer, filmmaker and professional cyclist Kathryn Bertine tried to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Bertine tells Only A Game’s Karen Given about the time she tried to gain qualifying points by breaking away from the peloton during a race in El Salvador.

Feature
May 30th, 2015

The ‘Secret History’ Of Skateboarding’s Most Fundamental Trick

It’s taken 35 years, but the author of “A Secret History of the Ollie” has set the record straight on whether the Ollie was really invented by a guy named Ollie. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

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May 23rd, 2015

‘League Of Outsider Baseball’ And The Sino-Japanese War

Baseball has plenty of well-known heroes — guys like Ted Williams and Babe Ruth. But what about the game’s obscure and unappreciated stars? You’ll find some of them in Gary Cieradkowski’s new book, “The League of Outsider Baseball.” The author joins Bill Littlefield to share the story of two pitchers — one Japanese, one Chinese — who went head-to-head in the Pacific Coast League during the Sino-Japanese War.

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May 16th, 2015

Was Baseball Great Ty Cobb Really A Racist? New Biography Says No

A new biography of baseball legend Ty Cobb disputes the long-held beliefs that Cobb was a racist and a dirty player. Author Charles Leerhsen joins Bill Littlefield to explain how his research exposed earlier stories of Cobb as lies.

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May 9th, 2015

‘A Home Run For Bunny’ Tells Inspiring Tale

The children’s book ‘A Home Run For Bunny’ tells the story of a remarkable baseball team from Springfield, Mass., who stood up against racial injustice in the 1930s. The author and illustrator join Bill Littlefield.