Mo Englander used to pitch for a team of seniors in Quincy, Mass. But the squad disbanded. Now he pitches for a new team: his son’s. Bill Littlefield has the story.
Jennifer Ring’s new book “A Game of Their Own” shares the stories of women who resisted societal pressure and chose to play baseball. One such woman is Ring’s daughter, Lilly Jacobson. Ring and Jacobson join Bill Littlefield to discuss the book and opportunities for women in baseball.
The first Major League Baseball player from Japan was a 20-year-old pitcher by the name of Masanori Murakami. The lefty only played two seasons in the MLB, but his journey is the subject of the new book called “Mashi” by Robert Fitts. Murakami, Fitts and translator Yuriko Romer joined Only A Game’s Doug Tribou.
“It’s a little bit of ‘just like baseball’ and ‘nothing like baseball.'” — that’s how the Wall Street Journal’s Brian Costa describes Pesäpallo, a Finnish version of baseball that features very few strikeouts and a whole lot of running. Costa recently traveled to Finland to check out the sport and he joins Bill Littlefield to share what he learned.
Colleges could soon be bidding on football and men’s basketballs recruits; the MLB All-Star Game received record-low ratings; and (some) SEC football coaches shared their thoughts on the Confederate flag. Patrick Hruby and Pat Forde join Bill Littlefield for this edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”
Little League pitcher Mo’ne Davis and her Anderson Moncarchs teammates recently finished up a 23-day civil rights barnstorming tour. From Montgomery to Cooperstown to Cincinnati, the team stopped in 21 cities, visiting important historical sites and meeting with leaders from the Civil Rights Movement.
Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez has a 12-0 career record at Marlins Park — and a 4-8 record on the road. But as Bill Littlefield writes, those aren’t the most significant numbers in Fernandez’s life.
Pitcher Gregg Olson reached his first and only All-Star Game in 1990. And so did catcher Greg Olson. They haven’t spoken since. On the 25th anniversary of that game, Bill Littlefield got Greg and Gregg on the phone together to remember the coincidence — and to find out what happens to all those baseball cards that get mailed to the wrong Olson.
Our colleagues at NPR’s program Latino USA have produced an episode devoted to Latin America’s influence on the game of baseball. We present their story of how Latin American players blurred baseball’s color line before Jackie Robinson ended segregation in big leagues.
Ten years ago, Jose Canseco published “Juiced,” the tell-all book in which he admitted his own steroid use and implicated others. This week Canseco told Sports Illustrated that he regrets the book. Bill Littlefield offers a list of other things Canseco might regret.