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September 13th, 2014

How The NFL Became King: A Look Back At The League’s Evolution

In his new book “NFL Football: A History Of America’s New National Pastime,” Richard Crepeau examines a time when the league was not always front and center in popular cultures. He joins Bill Littlefield to explore the game’s evolution.

In Depth
September 13th, 2014

Vote Could Open Scotland’s Royal And Ancient Golf Club To Women

Men and women have long played golf together in St. Andrew’s, Scotland, but women have never been allowed to join the prestigious Royal and Ancient Golf Club. That could change when the results of a vote are announced Thursday. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou recently traveled to Scotland and has our story.

In Depth
September 6th, 2014
By David Sommerstein

Remembering Kutsher’s, Where Pro Athletes, Vacationers Mingled

Only at Kutsher’s resort could you find Wilt Chamberlain working as a bellhop, Muhammad Ali training and Mickey Mantle dining with guests. With Kutsher’s demolition underway, David Sommerstein looks back at the iconic hotel.

Feature
September 6th, 2014
By Andrew Norton

The Mystery Of Babe Ruth’s First Home Run

Toronto may have been the site of Babe Ruth’s first home run as a professional. Or that distinction might belong to Fayetteville, N.C. The ball might be bronzed in a Toronto bar…unless its rotting under Lake Ontario. Reporter Andrew Norton investigates.

Interview
September 6th, 2014

For NFL Great Ozzie Newsome, Youth Sports Set The Stage

Ozzie Newsome is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a former collegiate All-American and the first African-American general manager in NFL history. Now he’s in the National High School Hall of Fame. Newsome spoke with OAG’s Doug Tribou about the building blocks for his career.

In The News
August 30th, 2014

Oakland Ends 80-Year Ban On Pinball

After an 80-year ban, pinball is legal again in Oakland. Wired’s Bo Moore joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the game’s strange history and to look ahead to its future.

Interview
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.”

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