Baseball players use pine tar on wooden bats for better grip. It’s legal — and yet pine tar was at the crux of one of baseball’s most memorable temper tantrums. Filip Bondy’s “The Pine Tar Game” explores this infamous event.
With educational opportunities that go beyond the diamond, the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is trying to help children in two of Washington’s poorer districts — and also increase baseball’s popularity.
Teammates can sometimes push things a little too far. On Sunday, two members of the Washington Nationals traded blows in the dugout. For Bill Littlefield, images of the fight brought back memories of fisticuffs past.
Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the criminal investigation into FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s “misappropriation,” Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s aches and pains, and the legacy of baseball great Yogi Berra.
When Hall of Famer Yogi Berra talked about taking that fork in the road, he wasn’t being metaphorical. Bill talks about meeting Berra and what made Yogi so…Yogi.
Should pitchers be using fastballs as a form of retaliation? Would it be best for Chicago Cubs fans if their team didn’t end up winning the World Series…ever? And what’s making boxing more popular at universities around the country? Rachel Bachman and Craig Calcaterra join Bill Littlefield for this week’s “3 Stories You Should Know.”
Most sports fans choose their teams as kids. But what if you never followed sports growing up? Is it still possible to become a fan later in life? Independent producer Jake Smith spent the summer trying to become a White Sox supporter.
The advertisements for daily fantasy sports websites might make it seem easy to win money. But Joshua Brustein and Ira Boudway of Bloomberg Business have found that only a small number of highly sophisticated players end up cashing in. Brustein and Boudway join Bill Littlefield to explain.
Should controversial college basketball coach John Calipari be celebrated by Memphis? Arguing with the umpire — charming or just obnoxious? And can sports journalists still have fun at games? Sports journalists Will Leitch and Andrea Kremer join Bill Littlefield for this week’s edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”
Arlene Marcley isn’t a fan of baseball. She’s a fan of justice. And she hoped that new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred would see things her way. The founder of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, South Carolina, talks to Bill Littlefield about her efforts to clear Shoeless Joe’s name.