Saturday, July 27, 2013

July 27th, 2013

Biogenesis Blues: Braun Suspended, A-Rod Speculation Swirls

Major League Baseball suspended Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun for 65 games Monday for his ties to Biogenesis, a Florida clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs. Sports Illustrated writer Michael Rosenberg has some issues with Braun’s apology–or lack thereof.

July 27th, 2013

30 Years Later, Remembering George Brett’s Pine Tar Incident

Thirty years ago, George Brett hit a ninth-inning home run for the Kansas City Royals that was called off because he had pine tar too far up his bat. Zach Schonbrun of the New York Times wrote about the infamous “Pine Tar Incident” and its aftermath and joins Bill Littlefield.

July 27th, 2013

Wayne Gretzky’s Son Chooses Diamond Over Ice

In Idaho, the son of the man many consider to be the best hockey player ever is trying to make it as a baseball player. Reporter Scott Graf caught up with Boise Hawks outfielder Trevor Gretzky.

July 27th, 2013

Albergotti On Armstrong: Doping Defense Has ‘Chutzpah’

Facing a federal lawsuit, Lance Armstrong now claims that the Postal Service should have known he was doping, despite all of his denials to the contrary. Got that? Reed Albergotti of the Wall Street Journal helps Bill make sense of the latest court filings.

July 27th, 2013

‘Only A Game’ Turns 20 And Littlefield Looks Back On The First Broadcast

When Only A Game debuted 20 years ago, our first show featured the story of a baseball game between college stars and retired Boston Red Sox. There were prescient references to NFL concussions and James “Whitey” Bulger, too. Bill Littlefield looks back at the way it all began.

July 27th, 2013

‘Class A Baseball In The Middle Of Everywhere’

In his new book ‘Class A Baseball In The Middle Of Everywhere,’ Lucas Mann tells story of the Class A LumberKings and their fans in Clinton, Iowa. The author joins Bill Littlefield.

July 27th, 2013

OAG’s Happy Anniversary And More With Charlie Pierce

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill discuss efforts to remove former tight end and current murder suspect Aaron Hernandez from the collective sports memory; approved changes to Chicago’s Wrigley Field; and the death of former boxer Emile Griffith. Plus, Charlie and Bill look back on 20 years of OAG with a special guest.

July 27th, 2013

Commentary: Chivas USA Can’t Afford A Discrimination Suit

Los Angeles’ second MLS team is last in the Western Conference, but Chivas USA has bigger issues than its on-field performance. Bill Littlefield looks at the racial discrimination lawsuit filed by two former coaches and its potential impact on the league’s image.

July 27th, 2013

Vermont Hosts Battle Between Prose And Poetry

Every year, prose writers and poets gather at Vermont College of Fine Arts for a friendly game of softball. They aren’t very good. But, as Only A Game’s Karen Given discovered, athletic talent is of little consequence.

July 27th, 2013

Music On Only A Game

OAG’s Gary Waleik tries to remember every song used on the program over the last two decades, and comes up with only the four most recent.

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