Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays are forever intertwined in baseball history. The iconic centerfielders lived very different lives, but author Allen Barra argues they had more similarities than differences. Bill Littlefield speaks with Barra about his new book ‘Mickey and Willie.’
To say baseball ran in the DiMaggio family is just a bit of an understatement. Tom Clavin’s new book ‘The DiMaggio Brothers’ details the lives of Joe, Dom and Vince on and off the diamond. Bill Littlefield speaks with Clavin.
With the Preakness right around the corner, Only A Game’s Sam Gallant takes us behind the scenes at Victory Racing Plates, a horse shoe manufacturer that dates back to the early 20th century.
In his new book ‘The Summer of Beer and Whiskey,’ Edward Achorn looks back at the history of the St. Louis Cardinals and the life of Chris Von der Ahe, a beer hawker with big dreams and a big personality.
An early 20th-century film recently surfaced and shows African-American baseball players from a Georgia plantation. New York Times reporter Robbie Brown joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the signficance of the discovery.
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.
Ahead of the 139th Kentucky Derby, 2009 winner Mine That Bird has been preparing for the Hollywood version of his own story. Gabe Bullard of WFPL in Louisville reports on the making of the film ’50 to 1.’
NBA veteran Jason Collins made history this week by announcing he is gay. The news appeared in an exclusive Sports Illustrated cover story. Bill Littlefield spoke with SI Executive Editor Jon Wertheim who was there for the Collins interview.
NBA journeyman Jason Collins is the first active male athlete from a major professional league to announce that he’s gay. We look at the announcement and some of the initial reactions from inside and outside the world of sports.
In his new book “Baseball’s Last Great Scout,” Dan Austin tells the story of Hugh Alexander, who became a scout at age 20 after losing his hand in an accident.