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June 3rd, 2016

Our Latest Show: June 4-5

Muhammad Ali has died at age 74. This week on Only A Game, we look back on his life. Plus, Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer remembers striking out his boyhood idol, Mickey Mantle. And as the call to #KillTheWin gets louder, we trace the history of the much-maligned statistic. Join us!

 

 

Commentary
June 8th, 2016

Littlefield: If I Had Met Satchel Paige

Since his conversation with Charlie Pierce last week, Bill Littlefield has been thinking about which athletes he’d most like to have met.

Editor's Note
June 6th, 2016

New WBUR.org Launches June 9th!

OnlyAGame.org is getting a new uniform! Coming June 9, 2016, WBUR — our home station — will release some exciting changes to our website, wbur.org. Here’s what you can expect.

In Their Own Words
June 4th, 2016

Jim Palmer Remembers Staring Down His Childhood Hero

When a young Jim Palmer went to his first Yankee game, he had no idea he’d be facing off against that team’s best player just 10 years later.

Feature
June 4th, 2016

Sweater Versus Jersey: The Hottest Debate On Ice

The garment that a hockey player pulls over his shoulder pads: is it a jersey? Or is it a sweater?

Charlie Pierce
June 4th, 2016

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

One game into the 2016 NBA Finals, is it fair to say LeBron and the Cavs are big underdogs? And why does forward Anderson Varejão have better odds than anyone else of getting a championship ring? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill talk NBA playoffs and more.

Feature
June 4th, 2016
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50+ Years After Undefeated Season, ‘Bestwick Boys’ Rally Around Coach

We often hear stories of how much a good coach can change an athlete’s life. Hilary Niles reminds us that, sometimes, athletes leave a mark on their coaches, too.

Roundtable
June 4th, 2016

3 Stories: LeBron Fatigue, Barry Bonds, Pro Boxers In Rio

Do the Cleveland Cavaliers deserve more attention? Why is Barry Bonds saying he’s regretful? And will allowing pro boxers to participate in the Summer Olympics be good or bad for the sport? Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal and Shira Springer of the Boston Globe join Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
June 4th, 2016

#KilltheWin: An Attack On A Flawed — But Historic — Statistic

MLB Network’s Brian Kenny thinks the method used to measure a pitcher’s record no longer holds any meaning. He’s campaigning to #KillTheWin. But others believe the stat is too deeply rooted in the sport’s history to ever disappear.

Commentary
June 4th, 2016

Littlefield: Remembering Muhammad Ali

“He was, in some respects, a walking — sometimes a dancing — contradiction,” Bill Littlefield writes of the late boxer.

Full Broadcast
June 4th, 2016

Full Broadcast: June 4th, 2016

Stories from this broadcast: Littlefield: Remembering Muhammad Ali; #KilltheWin: An Attack On A Flawed — But Historic — Statistic; 3 Stories: LeBron Fatigue, Barry Bonds, Pro Boxers In Rio; 50+ Years After Undefeated Season, ‘Bestwick Boys’ Rally Around Coach; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Sweater Versus Jersey: The Hottest Debate On Ice; Jim Palmer Remembers Staring Down His Childhood Hero

Commentary
June 4th, 2016
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An Unexpected Perk Of Joining The 10,000 Step Club

Elissa Ely was recently reminded that maintaining an active lifestyle will help you when it matters most…in line for the bathroom.

Commentary
June 1st, 2016

Littlefield: The Stephen Curry Illusion

Like millions of other people, Bill Littlefield has been watching the NBA postseason. He doesn’t know whether the Warriors or the Cavaliers will emerge victorious…but he’s pretty sure what he’ll remember about the Finals, and why.

In Their Own Words
May 28th, 2016

The Ride Of His Life: Lew Alexander Cycles For Diabetes Prevention

Lew Alexander was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2008. Rather than let the condition control his life, Alexander took to his bicycle. He tells the story of his long road to improved health, In His Own Words.

Commentary
May 28th, 2016

To Change The Culture Of Sports, Try Putting Women In Charge

Baylor University football players stood by their former coach this week, after he was fired for his part in ignoring and covering up crimes against women. Bill Littlefield offers a potential solution for a problem that reaches far beyond Baylor.

Charlie Pierce
May 28th, 2016

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Baylor University has terminated head football coach Art Briles and demoted president Ken Starr. Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce consider the impact this could have on how universities and football programs handle sexual assault.

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