Decades before Jackie Robinson’s historic achievements, Bud Fowler became the first African-American professional baseball player. Fowler grew up in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the village recently held a ceremony honoring him. David Sommerstein of North Country Public Radio was there.
Former All-Star Mike Piazza retired in 2007 after smacking 427 home runs, tops of any catcher in MLB history. But his athletic career isn’t over. Piazza will make an appearance with the Miami City Ballet.
The 2013 World Synchronized Skating Championships are being held this weekend in Boston. Only A Game’s Karen Given couldn’t resist the urge to drop in on the rapidly growing sport for a short visit.
For 75 years, the winner of the NAIA basketball tournament has received the Maude Naismith Trophy, named after the wife of basketball inventor Dr. James Naismith. Many Naismith artifacts scattered are throughout the U.S. and Canada. As Only A Game’s Greg Echlin reports, some feel that Naismith’s collection should be concentrated in one location. The question is where.
Fred Lorenzen won the Daytona 500 in 1965, but his very short career — and quiet life off the track — may be why he’s not as famous as other NASCAR drivers from the sport’s Golden Era. As Yolanda Perdomo reports, efforts are underway to get Lorenzen onto the next ballot for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi are one year away. But, for one hearty group of speedskaters, Olympic distances are simply inadequate. Mitch Teich of Milwaukee Public Radio catches up with some of the sport’s die hards at an oval in Wisconsin.
Imagine two nations that have more in common than most families. Then imagine four wars and a stockpile of nuclear weapons on both sides. This is the backstory each time India and Pakistan meet to play cricket. India and Pakistan recently played a three-game series in Delhi and Calcutta. Only A Game’s Ken Shulman was there.
After losing his sight in an workplace accident, Jay Blake pursued his dream of owning a race car. Today he works on a car that tops out at 260 miles an hour as part of his job as crew chief for the drag racing team “Follow A Dream.” Only A Game’s Doug Tribou caught up with Blake and his crew at a stop on the alcohol funny car circuit.
According to the Ben Stiller movie, ‘Dodgeball’, the five D’s of dodgeball are “Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge.” But what happens if you add a court of trampolines to the mix? Susan Valot found out at the Ultimate Trampoline Dodgeball Championship in Los Angeles.
Rychen and reporter Whitney Jones were highly competitive children. When the brothers grew older, Rychen kept looking for ways to harness his competitive energy and ultimately found ultra-marathons. Whitney brings us a day from his brother’s 50-mile race along with commentary from the racer himself.