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June 14th, 2014
By Matthew Nelson

Angel With The Bent Legs: Garrincha’s Brief Reign Atop The Soccer World

He made his World Cup debut in the same game as Pele and helped Brazil win the World Cup in 1958 and 1962, but Garrincha is unknown to many soccer fans. Matthew Nelson brings us the story of the right winger who overcame physical disability to reach stardom — only to quickly lose his spot at the top.

Featured Book
June 7th, 2014

‘Eight World Cups’ Finds Missteps And Joy In Soccer’s Grand Tournament

In ‘Eight World Cups’ George Vecsey chronicles his travels to past World Cups, as well as his analysis of soccer’s big-picture concerns and controversies. The author joins Bill Littlefield.

Interview
June 7th, 2014

From The Navy To The Hall Of Fame: A Conversation With David Robinson

David Robinson knows a thing or two about the NBA Finals. Over the course of 14 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Robinson earned the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and MVP, along with two championship rings. He joins Bill Littlefield.

In The News
June 7th, 2014

The NBA’s Disappointing History Of Finals Rematches

After a thrilling seven-game series between San Antonio and Miami in 2013, the Spurs and Heat are back at it in the 2014 NBA Finals. But don’t get too excited. The Wall Street Journal’s Chris Herring explains.

Interview
May 31st, 2014

Ottawa Honors Wrong Jack Purcell

In Ottawa, the Jack Purcell Park proudly honors a local hero who repaired hockey equipment for neighborhood youths. But park officials mistakenly constructed new sculptures in honor of a Canadian badminton champion, also named Jack Purcell.

Featured Book
May 31st, 2014

‘Duel For The Crown’ Captures Legendary Triple Crown Rivalry

‘Duel for the Crown’ by Linda Carroll and David Rosner delves into the legendary rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar for the 1978 Triple Crown. Carroll joins Bill Littlefield.

Sports History
May 31st, 2014

Bobby Mitchell, Washington’s First Black Player, Addresses Redskins Controversy

In the 1962 NFL season, Washington became the last franchise to add a black player to its roster. His name is Bobby Mitchell. The Hall of Famer recently broke his silence about the controversy over the team name Redskins. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports.

In Depth
May 24th, 2014

Max Decugis: France’s Forgotten Tennis Champion

Rafael Nadal needs one more victory at the French Open to have more men’s French singles championships than any other player. The man he would pass? Max Decugis. Chris Clarey of the New York Times join Bill Littlefield to share the story of France’s long-forgotten champion.

In Depth
May 24th, 2014

Debate Over Basketball’s ‘Hot Hand’ Heats Up After New Study

Most basketball players and fans believe in the hot hand, but scientists and statisticians have dismissed the idea for decades. Now, a new study claims to have uncovered proof that the hot hand is real. OAG’s Doug Tribou reports.

OAG 20th Anniversary
May 17th, 2014

Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee: 67 And Still Pitching

Twenty years after being featured on Only A Game’s first show, Bill Lee returns to the program to update Bill Littlefield on his current hobbies: making bats and pitching.

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