What does a Wallace Stevens poem have to do with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to preserve Shoeless Joe Jackson’s ban from baseball? Bill Littlefield explains.
To cap off this week’s “Time Show,” Bill Littlefield recalls a night listening to a New York Giants’ comeback on a transistor radio.
J.R. Richard was a star pitcher for the Houston Astros in the ’70s, but his life changed forever when he suffered a stroke in 1980. He never pitched in MLB again and ended up living under bridge. In his new book “Still Throwing Heat,” Richard tells his story of overcoming homelessness.
Bill Littlefield recently stumbled upon some World Series photos from the early-1900s and noticed that teams used to pack fans into stadiums by selling seats on the field. Today’s owners no longer park fans in center field, but they’ve found other ways to maximize profit…
Before he earned two World Series rings, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was told he was too small to play baseball. He didn’t listen and now he’s inspired one teenage girl to ignore the critics who say girls should stick to softball. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou has our story.
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.”