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.
Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur and sports writer Erik Malinowski join OAG guest host Shira Springer for this week’s edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”
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.”
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.
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.
Most athletes will never be drafted by one pro team, let alone two. Notre Dame graduate Pat Connaughton signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2014 and this week was chosen in the NBA Draft. In an interview with Bill Littlefield, Connaughton says he’s not ready to pick one sport over the other.
The ongoing campaign by Pete Rose to return to baseball’s good graces and become eligible for the Hall of Fame hit another bump in the road this week when ESPN revealed evidence that Rose had bet on games when he was a player … something he had denied. Bill Littlefield thinks Rose should be enshrined anyway.
Reporter Mark Moran, whose son Spencer was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays last year, recently traveled with the rest of his family to watch his son pitch his first game as a pro. He kept an audio diary and shares his reflections on this Father’s Day weekend.