The 2004 movie “Miracle” dramatizes the United States’ win over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics. In the film’s most famous scene, U.S. coach Herb Brooks, played by Kurt Russell, delivers a motivational pregame talk. But how accurate was that movie speech? Bill Littlefield tracks down some of the players who were in the locker room 35 years ago and finds a surprising answer.
Rogie Vachon is a Vezina trophy winner, a three time All Star, and a three time Stanley Cup winner. But once, he had to buy his own championship ring. He speaks with Bill Littlefield.
Lennie Merullo died on Saturday at 98. The former shortstop is often remembered for playing for the Cubs the last time they were in the World Series. But Bill Littlefield will remember Merullo for another reason.
It’s taken 35 years, but the author of “A Secret History of the Ollie” has set the record straight on whether the Ollie was really invented by a guy named Ollie. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.
While playing for the Seattle Mariners, Lenny Randle put out a song to raise money for a fan with cerebral palsy. That song has been re-released. Randle — along with Nate Patrin, an expert of athlete-produced music — join Bill Littlefield to discuss “Kingdome.”
Baseball has plenty of well-known heroes — guys like Ted Williams and Babe Ruth. But what about the game’s obscure and unappreciated stars? You’ll find some of them in Gary Cieradkowski’s new book, “The League of Outsider Baseball.” The author joins Bill Littlefield to share the story of two pitchers — one Japanese, one Chinese — who went head-to-head in the Pacific Coast League during the Sino-Japanese War.
Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal joins Bill Littlefield to predict whether American Pharaoh will be the first to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.
Rutgers University’s Eddy Portnoy found references to Yiddish wrestling stars while reading Polish newspapers from the 1930s. He turned his research into an exhibit that is on display this summer in New York City. Portnoy sat down with reporter Jon Kalish to discuss street fighting, a 600-pound wrestler — and how to say ‘noogie’ in Yiddish.
A new biography of baseball legend Ty Cobb disputes the long-held beliefs that Cobb was a racist and a dirty player. Author Charles Leerhsen joins Bill Littlefield to explain how his research exposed earlier stories of Cobb as lies.
Auto racing pioneer Denise McCluggage died last week at the age of 88. Longtime friend and fellow journalist Jean Jennings shares her memories.