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August 1st, 2015

‘Mashi’ Chronicles Journey of Japan’s First MLB Player

The first Major League Baseball player from Japan was a 20-year-old pitcher by the name of Masanori Murakami. The lefty only played two seasons in the MLB, but his journey is the subject of the new book called “Mashi” by Robert Fitts. Murakami, Fitts and translator Yuriko Romer joined Only A Game’s Doug Tribou.

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July 25th, 2015

‘Dancing With The Devil’ Details Rio’s Prep For 2016 Olympics

When Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, Brazilians celebrated. Six years, an economic nosedive and a World Cup later, the country’s residents feel very differently. In her new book “Dancing with the Devil in the City of God,” Brazilian journalist Juliana Barbassa chronicles the change.

In Their Own Words
July 22nd, 2015

Gobbled Up By The Peloton: A Cyclist Gets A Hand … And A Push

Writer, filmmaker and professional cyclist Kathryn Bertine tried to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Bertine tells Only A Game’s Karen Given about the time she tried to gain qualifying points by breaking away from the peloton during a race in El Salvador.

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July 11th, 2015

‘Bulls Before Breakfast’ Recaps 12 Years — And Counting — Of Running With The Bulls

Peter Milligan has run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, for the last 12 years. In his new book “Bulls Before Breakfast,” Milligan explains why he keeps going back year after year.

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July 4th, 2015

‘Fanaticus’ Explores Why Sports Fans Get Unruly

Put a group of people together. Make them overpay for tickets. Add booze. Then give them teams to root for. The result can be a disorderly collection of people — also known as fans. In her new book “Fanaticus,” ESPN producer Justine Gubar explores the phenomenon of fandom around the world.

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June 20th, 2015

‘You Can’t Make This Up’ Chronicles Al Michaels’ Half Century In Sports

Chances are, if you have watched a sporting event on television, you’ve heard Al Michaels’ voice. Michaels joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his career, his famous “Miracle on Ice” call, and his new memoir, “You Can’t Make This Up.”

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June 13th, 2015

‘Split Season’ Details The Strike Shortened 1981 MLB Season

The 1981 baseball season was shaping up to be a great one, behind Pete Rose’s bat and Fernando Valenzuela’s arm. But the season was interrupted by a strike, which is the focus of author and mayor of Cooperstown Jeff Katz’s new book. Katz talked with Bill Littlefield.

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June 6th, 2015

‘Molina’ Remembers A Father Who Raised Three World Series Champs

Bengie Molina played in the Major Leagues from 1998 until 2010. His brothers Jose and Yadier have also had pro careers. Bengie joined Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book, “Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised An Unlikely Baseball Dynasty.”

In Their Own Words
June 6th, 2015

Gobbled Up By The Peloton: A Cyclist Gets A Hand…And A Push

Writer, filmmaker and professional cyclist Kathryn Bertine tried to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Bertine tells Only A Game’s Karen Given about the time she tried to gain qualifying points by breaking away from the peloton during a race in El Salvador.

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May 23rd, 2015

‘League Of Outsider Baseball’ And The Sino-Japanese War

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.

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