More than a century after his death, Doc Adams — the inventor of the shortstop position — finally has a shot at the Baseball Hall of Fame. His great-granddaughter Marjorie Adams has spent the past four years working toward this day. “I will live to see Doc Adams get in the Hall of Fame,” she tells Bill Littlefield.
Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson struck out 17 batters in the first game of the 1968 World Series. Gibson’s Cardinals eventually lost that series in seven games, but the pitcher’s historic performance hasn’t been forgotten. Bill Littlefield speaks with Gibson about his new book, “Pitch by Pitch.”
At this month’s world swimming championships in Russia, Katie Ledecky won five gold medals. There to cheer her on was her No. 1 fan: older brother Michael. The Ledecky siblings join Bill Littlefield to talk about their close relationship, their earliest days in the pool and Katie’s first win against her brother.
The Arizona Cardinals made history this summer by hiring the league’s first female coach as an intern during training camp. And as reporter Phil Latzman found out, Jen Welter, aka “Dr. J,” has already made an impression on players.
After six decades of golfing, Tom Watson is starting to wind down his career. “The kids hit the ball a lot farther than the old guys do,” he tells Bill Littlefield. The six-time PGA Player of the Year discusses his storied career as well as the evolution of the sport.
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.
NFL training camps are getting started after what’s been a tough year or so for the league’s image. But would anyone criticize the league for teaching kids about exercise? Well, it turns out they would. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou looks at the NFL “Play 60” program and hears from one of its critics.
Growing up, David Poole earned the nickname “Madman” for his hard-charging ways in the backcountry. But a skiing accident left him paralyzed from the sternum down. Reporter Danielle Thomsen tells the story of Poole’s journey back to the outdoors.
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.
Daniel Jacobs is a champion boxer. Four years ago, he encountered an opponent he didn’t see coming — cancer. The 28-year-old recovered and became the first cancer survivor to win a boxing world championship. He tells Only A Game the story “In His Own Words.”