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May 16th, 2015

‘Yiddish Fight Club’ And A 600-Pound Jewish Wrestler

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.

Featured Book
May 16th, 2015

Was Baseball Great Ty Cobb Really A Racist? New Biography Says No

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.

In Their Own Words
May 16th, 2015

Denise McCluggage: The First Lady Of Racing

Auto racing pioneer Denise McCluggage died last week at the age of 88. Longtime friend and fellow journalist Jean Jennings shares her memories.

May 9th, 2015

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
May 9th, 2015

‘A Home Run For Bunny’ Tells Inspiring Tale

The children’s book ‘A Home Run For Bunny’ tells the story of a remarkable baseball team from Springfield, Mass., who stood up against racial injustice in the 1930s. The author and illustrator join Bill Littlefield.

May 9th, 2015

Ottawa Honors Wrong Jack Purcell

In Ottawa, Jack Purcell Park proudly honors a local hero who repaired hockey equipment for neighborhood youths. But park officials had new sculptures installed to honor a legendary Canadian badminton champion, also named Jack Purcell. We do our best to sort out the confusion.

Featured Movie
May 2nd, 2015

Documentary ‘Bounce’ Uncovers Origins Of Our Favorite Sports

‘Bounce: How The Ball Taught The World To Play’ explores the origins of some of our favorite sports. The film’s co-producer, John Fox, and director, Jerome Thelia, speak with Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
April 25th, 2015

April 17, 1979: The Night Only 250 Fans Showed Up In Oakland

On a chilly April night in 1979, the Oakland Athletics sold only 653 tickets. (No, we didn’t forget to include any zeros.) And the number of baseball fans who actually showed up was much lower. Reporter Claire McNear joins Bill Littlefield.

Only A Blog
April 22nd, 2015

Basketball’s Shot Clock: A Brief History

In the early 1950s, the NBA had a serious scoring drought, so on this date in 1954 NBA owners voted to implement a 24-second shot clock.

April 18th, 2015

MLB’s DH Debate: Ortiz, Molitor, Davis Weigh In

MLB’s designated hitter debate got new life this spring when a players association official confirmed that owners have discussed adding the position to the NL. For more on the on the pros and cons, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou speaks to a lineup of some of the best DHs in history.

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