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August 23rd, 2014

Dick Bavetta, The NBA’s Iron Ref, Retires After 2,635 Consecutive Games

Dick Bavetta officiated NBA games for 39 years. He worked a record 2635 consecutive regular season games before retiring this week. Bavetta joins Bill Littlefield to look back on his career in stripes.

Featured Book
August 23rd, 2014

‘The Opening Kickoff’ Reveals Parallels Between Football’s Early Years And Today

Pay for play? Academic eligibility issues? Concerns about player safety? Those topics are big news in college football today, but they were just as prevalent in the 1890s when the game was new. Big Ten Network anchor Dave Revsine joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book ‘The Opening Kickoff.’

Feature
August 16th, 2014

Ancient Game Of Lawn Bowls Adds New Chapter In Glasgow

Lawn bowls was already old when Shakespeare started mentioning it in his plays. At the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou got a primer on this ancient game from some of the world’s best bowlers.

Featured Book
August 16th, 2014

‘Football’ Collects Writing From All Sides Of Gridiron

Some say baseball and boxing produce the best writing about sports, but a new collection of football essays challenges that notion. Bill Littlefield speaks with John Schulian, editor of ‘Football: Great Writing About The National Sport.”

Only A Blog
August 11th, 2014

The Majors Record: Is Tiger A Disappointment Without It?

As Rory McIlroy won the 2014 PGA Championship, Tiger Woods’ drought in majors continued. He’s stuck on 14 major victories and Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 seems further away than ever. Sports writer Chuck Culpepper says even if he falls short, missing the mark won’t tarnish Tiger’s career.

In The News
August 9th, 2014

80 Years Later, Gastonia, N.C. Mayor Issues Apology Thanks To OAG Listener

After Bill Littlefield’s conversation with the author of ‘A Home Run For Bunny,’ an OAG listener passed along the story of Bunny Taliaferro to the mayor of Gastonia, N.C. After reading the book, Mayor Bridgeman did his best to right some historical wrongs.

Feature
August 9th, 2014
By Beverly Amsler

Family, Football And Bare Feet: ‘The Shoeless Wonders,’ An Unlikely Football Dynasty

For more than 30 years, children from the Presbyterian Home in Lynchburg, Va., defeated rival football teams while playing in their bare feet. The “Shoeless Wonders” gained national attention and are now the subject of an upcoming movie. Beverly Amsler speaks with three former Shoeless Wonders about the team.

Featured Book
August 2nd, 2014

‘Race Horse Men’ Examines Horse Racing In The Antebellum South

Katherine Mooney’s “Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack” discusses the meteoric rise of early horse racing and illuminates how slavery became an inseparable aspect of antebellum America’s favorite sport.

Interview
August 2nd, 2014

Ray Guy: The First Punter To Reach The Hall Of Fame

On Saturday, Ray Guy will become the first punter to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Doug Tribou talks to the former Raider about his colorful career.

In The News
July 26th, 2014

McIlroy – Woods: A Rivalry That Could Save Golf?

With his win at the British Open, Rory McIlroy became the first golfer since Tiger Woods to win three majors by age 25. Meanwhile, Woods’ career seems to be going in the opposite direction. ESPN’s Farrell Evans joins Bill Littlefield.

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