November 7th, 2015

Commentary: It Isn’t Too Early To Celebrate Torii Hunter’s Career

Torii Hunter is retiring after 19 seasons in MLB. Hunter earned nine Gold Gloves and played in five All-Star Games during his career. But Bill Littlefield will remember Hunter for something other than his impressive stats.

October 31st, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joins Bill Littlefield to discuss: Kobe Bryant breaking yet another NBA record, the arrival of the Sacramento King’s real-life robocop and the UCLA freshman quarterback who put a hot tub in his dorm room.

October 31st, 2015

At Little League Tourney, Last-Place Team Finds Joy Despite Losses

While many baseball fans are focused on the World Series, little league coach Ted Flanagan is remembering a summertime tournament in Cooperstown. His team, the Lions, didn’t win a single game. But he and his players managed to find some joy.

October 31st, 2015

3 Stories You Should Know: Golden State, Sepp Blatter and MLB Replay

Golden State Warriors fans are happy now, but how will they feel when the team moves to San Francisco in three years? Also, what will it take to get suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter to stop making things worse? And how does technology help and hurt the game of baseball? Erik Malinowski and Shira Springer join Bill Littlefield.

Rhymes With Bill
October 28th, 2015

Better With Age: Baseball’s Expensive Memories

The greatest moments in baseball often produce sought-after memorabilia. A jersey worn by Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista recently sold at auction for $27,606.01. This transaction has inspired Bill Littlefield to share some rhymes.

Only A Memory
October 24th, 2015

Cooperstown Remembered…Twice

For Bill Littlefield, Cooperstown is more than just a place for baseball greats. Bill remembers two Hall of Fame visits with his father…27 years apart.

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.

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