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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.