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July 18th, 2015

Big-League Reporter Comes Home To Her Local Newspaper

Why would a reporter trade MLB parks for high school sports? Only A Game’s Doug Tribou profiles Maureen Mullen, an accomplished sports reporter who returned to the hometown newspaper she once delivered door to door.

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July 11th, 2015

‘Bulls Before Breakfast’ Recaps 12 Years — And Counting — Of Running With The Bulls

Peter Milligan has run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, for the last 12 years. In his new book “Bulls Before Breakfast,” Milligan explains why he keeps going back year after year.

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July 11th, 2015
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Hurling: Ancient Irish Sport Comes To Youth Correctional Facility In Oregon

Alex Ward helped start a hurling club five years ago in Oregon. Ward tells the story of teaching the ancient Irish sport — which resembles a cross between field hockey, lacrosse and baseball — to a group of inmates at a youth correctional facility.

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July 11th, 2015

25 Years After ’90 MLB All-Star Game, Greg And Gregg Olson Reconnect

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.

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July 11th, 2015
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Latino Players Blurred MLB’s Color Line Before Robinson’s Debut

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.

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July 4th, 2015
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Trap Shooting Hits Its Target In Minnesota High Schools

With more than 8,600 students competing, trap shooting is the fastest growing school sport in Minnesota. Other states are now copying the model. Reporter Dan Kraker visits with the Hermantown High School team to find out more.

In Depth
July 4th, 2015

Has The Wrong Coolidge Been Added To The Nats’ Presidents Race?

Calvin Coolidge is joining the Presidents Race, the mascot competition held during Washington Nationals home games. Coolidge was in office the last time a club from D.C. won the World Series. Even so, Ben Freed of the Washingtonian thinks a different Coolidge should be have gotten the call.

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July 4th, 2015
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Physical Pain, Emotional Healing At U.S. Army ‘Combatives’ Tournament

Borrowing techniques from mixed martial arts, the U.S. Army combatives program helps military personnel improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. Reporter Zachariah Hughes visited a military base in Alaska and found that some soldiers believe practicing this violent skill is a way to heal unseen wounds.

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June 27th, 2015
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The Battle For The Waves: Surfers Vs. S.U.P.ers

Stand-up paddle boarders are encroaching on surfers’ ocean turf. Saul Gonzalez explains the competition to catch waves.

Featured Book
June 27th, 2015

‘Great Men Die Twice’ Revisits The Writing Of Mark Kram

Mark Kram was a legendary sports writer for Sports Illustrated in the 1960s and ’70s. His exit from S.I. caused problems for his son Mark Kram, Jr., who had the name first and also became a sports writer. Kram, Jr. edited the new collection of his father’s work titled “Great Men Die Twice” and joins Bill Littlefield.

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