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An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield.

An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield.
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An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield.




Boston, MA 02215 617-353-1860


Bud Selig's White House Adventures, Hennessy, LAX Dad

After MLB players walked off the job in 1994, President Bill Clinton intervened. This week on Only A Game, former baseball Commissioner Bud Selig recounts his dealings with the White House. Also, the connection between cyclist Major Taylor and the cognac brand Hennessy. And John Grant Jr. retired from Major League Lacrosse in 2017. Then his daughter made him reconsider... Join us!


Investigating A Track Coach, Team Challenge ALS, Dolphins Owner

ESPN's Outside the Lines recently investigated track coach Conrad Mainwaring, who has been accused of abusing 41 boys and young men over 44 years. This week on Only A Game, the story behind the investigation. Plus, pro basketball player Sean Marshall is helping his former college roommate — and Ice Bucket Challenge inspiration — Pete Frates challenge ALS. And Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills has spoken out against team owner Stephen Ross, who is holding a fundraiser for President Trump....


NBA 2K League Star, Soccer Family, Don Jackson Challenges The NCAA

In 2018, the NBA launched the 2K League, in which elite gamers compete in a video game version of NBA basketball. This week, the story of Albano Thomallari, aka oFab, one of the league's biggest stars.


Scott Hamilton, Pickleball in Jail, Pete Rose's Trip To Vietnam

Long before he won an Olympic gold medal, Scott Hamilton was just a sickly kid, trying on skates for the first time.


A Hockey Sponsorship From A Dictator And Other Sports 'Hail Marys'

This week on Only A Game, we share some stories of last-chance efforts off the field.


Disco Demolition Night, A'ja Wilson Fan, Mascot Successes ... And Failures

In between a 1979 doubleheader at Comiskey Park, the Chicago White Sox took a giant pile of disco records to center field ... and blew them up.


Vlad and Vlad Jr., Wheelchair Tennis Journey, Basketball And NASA

This week on Only A Game, a lifelong Montreal baseball fan remembers Vladimir Guerrero's Expos career — and discusses his excitement for the Hall of Famer's son.


Andre Iguodala, Ultramarathon Origin, 'The Office' Plays Basketball

Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala started the first 758 games of his NBA career. But when Steve Kerr took over as Golden State's head coach, he had a new challenge for the 10-year veteran.


Lauren And Aaron Holiday, The '69 Mets, Kalin Bennett's Basketball Journey

Last June, the Indiana Pacers selected Aaron Holiday in the first round of the NBA Draft. His older brothers, Jrue and Justin, have already established themselves as NBA veterans. But Aaron says his sister, Lauren, was the best basketball player in the family.


Father's Day Show: Dale And Yogi Berra, Dad And Barkley (Plus An Update)

Dale Berra used cocaine throughout his career as a Major League Baseball player. But when his family had had enough of his drug use, Dale's father, Yogi, showed his tough love. Join us!


Women's World Cup: The '99ers' Fight For Equity, Soccer In South Korea, Norway's Champion

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. women's national soccer team's 1999 World Cup title. This week on Only A Game, we hear from Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy and others about the '99ers off-field fight for gender equity. Plus, American Georgia Cloepfil reflects on her experience playing professional soccer in South Korea. And why Norwegian soccer star Ada Hegerberg won't be taking the pitch at the Women's World Cup underway in France. Join us!


Warriors Superfan, Running Marathons While Homeless, Syracuse 8

With Golden State in the NBA Finals for the fifth straight season, we tell the story of Lloyd Canamore — a superfan who started working as a snack vendor at Warriors games in the late '70s. Also this week on Only A Game, we'll meet Leigh Ann Harris, a Seattle woman who lost her home but kept pursuing her goal of running seven marathons. And the story of the Syracuse 8 — a group of nine Syracuse football players who boycotted the 1970 season to protest racial discrimination. Join us!


Aussie Bucks Beat Writer, Pizza Shop Encounter, Gymnastics Comeback

Kane Pitman left his job at an oil refinery in Australia to move to Milwaukee to cover the Bucks as a freelance reporter. This week on Only A Game, the story behind Pitman's 9,800-mile journey. And decades after meeting him at a pizza shop, OAG's Gary Waleik reconnects with former Celtics big man Rick Robey. And former Olympic hopeful Kristal Bodenschatz (née Uzelac) makes a comeback at age 32. Join us!


John Urschel's Math Career, Hockey Friendship, Wizdom Dancer

In 2017, Baltimore Raven John Urschel left the NFL to finish his doctorate in mathematics at MIT. This week on Only A Game, we learn how Urschel's passion for math developed. Plus, the story of a friendship between NHL winger Ryan Reaves and broadcaster Scott Oake. And a former Washington Bullettes dancer gets back on the hardwood with The Wizdom — the Washington Wizards' over-50 dance team. Join us!


Girls' Lacrosse Headgear, Mother's Day Tribute, Soccer With Messi

Last year, high school girls' lacrosse players in Florida were required to wear specially designed protective headgear. It's the latest chapter in an ongoing debate about whether adding more protective equipment will really make the sport safer. This week on Only A Game, we take a dive into this history. Plus, we give a "Double Play" to a Mother's Day tribute from LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke. And a former college soccer player gets an unexpected call to take the field with Lionel Messi....


Bonus: The 'Good Dude' Closet

Our friends at the show "Death, Sex & Money" recently released an episode that features a conversation between writers Damon Young and Kiese Laymon. Some of it is about basketball. A lot of it isn't. We think you'll enjoy the whole thing.


'Game Of Zones,' Lakers PA Announcer, Finding Sports At A School For The Blind

"Game of Zones" is an animated video series that imagines what would happen if real-life NBA drama unfolded in a medieval, "Game of Thrones"-inspired universe. This week on Only A Game, the story of the two brothers behind the hit series. Plus, how a St. Louis runner continued his career after losing his sight. And the PA announcer who's been behind the mic for eight Lakers championships. Join us!


Chicken Nuggets, Howard Soccer, Jason Collins And President Obama

From 2015–2018, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers made four straight NBA Finals appearances. But when LeBron left for the Lakers this past offseason, the Cavs success left with him. This week on Only A Game, how Clevelanders found solace ... in a 10-piece chicken nugget giveaway. Plus, how Howard University became the first HBCU to win a Div. I NCAA championship ... twice. And the time former NBA player Jason Collins met President Obama. Join us!


Tutsi Goalie And The Rwandan Genocide, Satchel Paige And The Religious Cult, Bat Flips

In 1994, Eric Murangwa played goalie for one of Rwanda's top soccer clubs. He was 19 years old and one of the country's most beloved players. He was also Tutsi. When the Rwandan genocide began, he was forced to run and hide. This week on Only A Game, Murangwa shares the story of how he survived. Also, the story of Satchel Paige and his connection to a group called the House of David. And to flip or not to flip?The "controversy" surrounding baseball bat flips. Join us!


Newest Hall Family Runner, Ernie Banks, José Feliciano's Anthem

In 2015, Hana Hall and her three sisters joined the family of elite runners Ryan and Sara Hall. This week on Only A Game, how Hana began an impressive running career of her own. Plus, the story of a former state senator who spent several hours in car with baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And singer José Feliciano tells the story of his controversial national anthem performance at the 1968 World Series. Join us!