October 24th, 2015

‘The Betrayal’ Plays Fact Against Fiction In The 1919 Black Sox Scandal

In 1919, White Sox players conspired with gamblers to fix the World Series. In his new book “The Betrayal,” Charles Fountain explores the limitations of what can ever be proven in the Black Sox scandal. Fountain joins Bill Littlefield.

October 24th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss an MLB player who made history, an NCAA program that’s been rocked by scandal and an NFL quarterback who says he listens to NPR!

In Depth
October 17th, 2015

About That Bat Flip: Poor Taste Or Good Fun?

What makes the perfect “bat flip?” Ask Toronto Blue Jays’ Right Fielder Jose Bautista. Bautista hit a three-run homer on Wednesday night to win the ALDS and celebrated by flipping his bat into foul territory. Andrew Keh of the New York Times joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the finer points of bat flipping.

Only A Blog
October 14th, 2015

Follow-Up: Can Sports Fandom Be Created From Nothing?

Remember our story about Jake Smith and his girlfriend, Susie? They’re the two Chicagoans who spent the 2015 MLB regular season trying to become baseball fans. With the Cubs advancing to the NLCS, we decided to follow up.

Only A Blog
October 13th, 2015

Memorable Press Conference Moments

Inspired by Bill Belichick’s recent “SnapFace” reference, we decided to take a look back at some of the most memorable press conference moments in sports history.

In Depth
October 10th, 2015

Doc Adams: 19th Century Ballplayer, 21st Century Hall of Famer?

More than a century after his death, Doc Adams — the inventor of the shortstop position — finally has a shot at the Baseball Hall of Fame. His great-granddaughter Marjorie Adams has spent the past four years working toward this day. “I will live to see Doc Adams get in the Hall of Fame,” she tells Bill Littlefield.

Featured Book
October 10th, 2015

Bob Gibson Recalls World Series Start And More, ‘Pitch by Pitch’

Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson struck out 17 batters in the first game of the 1968 World Series. Gibson’s Cardinals eventually lost that series in seven games, but the pitcher’s historic performance hasn’t been forgotten. Bill Littlefield speaks with Gibson about his new book, “Pitch by Pitch.”

In The News
October 10th, 2015

‘Knock ‘Em Dead:’ Sending Best Wishes To CC Sabathia

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia shocked the baseball world this week when he announced he was leaving the team to seek treatment for alcohol addiction. Drawing on his own personal experience, Newsday’s Lane Filler explains why he reconsidered his immediate reaction to the news.

3 Stories You Should Know
October 10th, 2015

Broadcasting History, Louisville’s Scandal And CC Sabathia

Patrick Hruby of Vice Sports and the Washington Post’s Cindy Boren join Bill Littlefield to discuss broadcaster Jessica Mendoza’s historic night, allegations against the Louisville men’s basketball program and CC Sabathia’s decision to enter rehab.

October 7th, 2015

As Yankees Start Offseason, CC Sabathia Starts Recovery

On Sunday, hours before the New York Yankees played their final game of the regular season, pitcher CC Sabathia told his manager, “I need help.” Bill Littlefield is among those wishing the former Cy Young winner a healthy future.

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