The 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot includes first-timers Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens. Rob Neyer of SB Nation joins Bill to discuss the likelihood that any of the three, all accused of using steroids, will receive enough votes to reach the Hall of Fame.
Yankee Don Larsen is the only player to pitch a perfect game in the World Series. Now, he’s auctioning the uniform he wore on that day in 1956 to pay for his grandchildren’s educations. Bill talks to Larsen about his historic pinstripes.
Marvin Miller, former leader of the MLBPA, died this week. Bill reflects on Miller’s passion and patience in reworking the business of baseball and speaks with ‘Sports Illustrated’s’ Michael Rosenberg about how Miller’s legacy should, but probably won’t, impact college sports.
New studies suggest ambitious exercise after a certain age may make athletes more susceptible to the ailments they’re trying to avoid. Kevin Helliker of the ‘Wall Street Journal’ has been following the research and he joins Bill to explain the controversy.
Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah grew up playing soccer in Ghana, dreamed of playing NBA basketball, ran track at Brigham Young, and now plays football. He’s also a likely first-round NFL draft pick. Jeff Benedict profiled Ansah for Sports Illustrated. Both Ansah and Benedict join Bill to discuss a highly unusual path to sports success.
The list of great Jewish athletes goes well beyond Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax. Bill Littlefield speaks with the editors of ‘Jewish Jocks’, a collection of biographical essays about history’s notable Jewish athletes.
The USGA is expected to ban long-handled putters. It’s a serious matter for the sport, but Bill turns to Bill Pennington of the New York Times to chat about the proposed ban’s more lighthearted implications.
Charlie Pierce joins Bill this week to discuss this week’s sports news including MLB Hall of Fame options, NCAA conference changes, and broken streaks.
“Trash Can Frisbee” appeared in the 1980s among college friends in Buffalo, N.Y. It has since evolved into a popular tailgating sport popularly known as “KanJam.” OAG’s Daniel Robison reports on the growth of the sport and the source of its popularity with a younger generation of players: gym class.
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2013 inductees, which include screenwriter Angelo Pizzo and director David Anspaugh, who will be honored for their work on the basketball movie ‘Hoosiers.’ Pizzo joins Bill to discuss the iconic sports film.
Gary Waleik runs down the music from this week’s show.
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