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April 25th, 2015

April 17, 1979: The Night Only 250 Fans Showed Up In Oakland

On a chilly April night in 1979, the Oakland Athletics sold only 653 tickets. (No, we didn’t forget to include any zeros.) And the number of baseball fans who actually showed up was much lower. Reporter Claire McNear joins Bill Littlefield.

Only A Blog
April 22nd, 2015
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Basketball’s Shot Clock: A Brief History

In the early 1950s, the NBA had a serious scoring drought, so on this date in 1954 NBA owners voted to implement a 24-second shot clock.

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April 18th, 2015

MLB’s DH Debate: Ortiz, Molitor, Davis Weigh In

MLB’s designated hitter debate got new life this spring when a players association official confirmed that owners have discussed adding the position to the NL. For more on the on the pros and cons, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou speaks to a lineup of some of the best DHs in history.

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April 18th, 2015
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Islanders Fans Say Goodbye To Their ‘Wonderful Dump,’ Nassau Coliseum

After more than four decades playing in Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, the New York Islanders will move to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center next season. WNYC’s Jim O’Grady went to the Nassau Coliseum to find out what will be lost.

Only A Blog
April 15th, 2015

Jackie Robinson Day And The Breaking Of Baseball’s Color Barrier

On April 15, 1968, Jackie Robinson desegregated Major League Baseball.

Featured Book
April 11th, 2015

‘Men In Green’ Profiles Golf’s Legends, Living And ‘Secret’

In his new book “Men In Green,” Sports Illustrated’s Michael Bamberger reconnects with some of the golfers he’s met while covering the sport. The author joins Bill Littlfield to discuss the project.

In Depth
April 11th, 2015

Indianapolis: How Sports Transformed A City

A half-century ago, Indianapolis was known as “India-no-place” or “Naptown.” But in the late 1970s, the city decided to become a sports hub. Marc Tracy of the New York Times tells Bill Littlefield that Indy is currently reaping the rewards of that development strategy.

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April 11th, 2015
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The Woman Who Lured The Dodgers To L.A.

The Dodgers left Brooklyn in 1957, breaking fans’ hearts. Owner Walter O’Malley gets the blame, but he was lured west by Roz Wyman, a young L.A. city councilwoman. On Opening Day, reporter John Rabe joined Wyman, now 84, at Dodger Stadium.

Only A Blog
April 8th, 2015

Remembering Baseball’s George ‘Boomer’ Scott

When spring arrives and baseball begins, it’s a time of hope and optimism for many fans. But for Bill Littlefield, it’s also a time to look back on players who have come and gone, including former big league slugger George Scott.

Featured Book
April 4th, 2015

‘Baseball’s Flawed Genius’ Chronicles Billy Martin’s Unpredictable Life

Billy Martin, who managed the Yankees on five separate occasions, was considered a brilliant baseball mind. But his off-field troubles haunted him. Bill Pennington joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his biography of the former player and manager.

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