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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.

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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June 27th, 2015

MLB Draft Pick Pat Connaughton Drafted Again By NBA

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.

Rhymes With Bill
June 25th, 2015

Pete Rose-Colored Glasses: A Case For Charlie Hustle

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.

In Their Own Words
June 20th, 2015
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Audio Diary: Father And Son Journey From Little League To The Pros

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.

3 Stories
June 20th, 2015

MLB Hack, ‘Royal’ All-Star Worries And USWNT’s Slow(?) Start

How will first-year MLB commissioner Rob Manfred handle the hacking scandal? Does the MLB need to change its All-Star voting system? And is the U.S. Women’s National Team failing to live up to its hype? The NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer and sport writer Erik Malinowski join Bill Littlefield for this week’s edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”

Only A Blog
June 18th, 2015
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Under Review: Cardinals Caught Stealing?

The Cardinals are under investigation by the FBI and Justice Department for allegedly hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros. After the New York Times broke the news, Twitter stole the show. Here are some users who hit it out of the park.

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June 13th, 2015
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From College World Series To MLB World Series In 4 Months

In June of 2014, Brandon Finnegan was pitching in the College World Series. Four months later, he made history by pitching in the MLB World Series. Reporter Greg Echlin got the story from Finnegan and his coaches.

In Depth
June 13th, 2015

MC Hammer And The Oakland A’s

Rapper MC Hammer shot to fame with his 1990 hit “U Can’t Touch This.” Now he’s known for being a Golden State Warriors superfan. But back before all of that, MC Hammer worked in the front office of the Oakland A’s. Claire McNear joins Bill Littlefield to delve into a bizarre piece of baseball history.

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