The 1981 baseball season was shaping up to be a great one, behind Pete Rose’s bat and Fernando Valenzuela’s arm. But the season was interrupted by a strike, which is the focus of author and mayor of Cooperstown Jeff Katz’s new book. Katz talked with Bill Littlefield.
When Cleveland outfielder Brandon Moss launched his 100th career home run into the Indians’ bullpen, his teammates held the ball for ransom. This prompted Only A Game to look back at the fate of other notable home run balls.
Bengie Molina played in the Major Leagues from 1998 until 2010. His brothers Jose and Yadier have also had pro careers. Bengie joined Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book, “Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised An Unlikely Baseball Dynasty.”
Lennie Merullo died on Saturday at 98. The former shortstop is often remembered for playing for the Cubs the last time they were in the World Series. But Bill Littlefield will remember Merullo for another reason.
While playing for the Seattle Mariners, Lenny Randle put out a song to raise money for a fan with cerebral palsy. That song has been re-released. Randle — along with Nate Patrin, an expert of athlete-produced music — join Bill Littlefield to discuss “Kingdome.”
Baseball has plenty of well-known heroes — guys like Ted Williams and Babe Ruth. But what about the game’s obscure and unappreciated stars? You’ll find some of them in Gary Cieradkowski’s new book, “The League of Outsider Baseball.” The author joins Bill Littlefield to share the story of two pitchers — one Japanese, one Chinese — who went head-to-head in the Pacific Coast League during the Sino-Japanese War.
After reports that 14 NFL teams received money from the Department of Defense and National Guard for staging on-field tributes to soldiers and veterans, the U.S. House condemned “paid-for patriotism.” Michael Cygan is a veteran who was honored at a sporting event, and he joins Bill Littlefield to weigh in.
A new biography of baseball legend Ty Cobb disputes the long-held beliefs that Cobb was a racist and a dirty player. Author Charles Leerhsen joins Bill Littlefield to explain how his research exposed earlier stories of Cobb as lies.
Home runs are usually cause for celebration, but ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian called the Baltimore Orioles first home run in their game against the Chicago White Sox game on Wednesday the “eeriest thing I’ve seen in a long time.” He joins Bill Littlefield to describe what it’s like to watch Major League game in an empty ballpark.
Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is out for the season after injuring his Achilles during an at-bat. His injury has sparked more debate over the DH rule.