If you say “poetry” and “baseball” to lots of people, they will think of Ernest Thayer’s doggerel “Casey at the Bat.” As players gather at spring training, Bill Littlefield takes the opportunity to embark on a literary examination of the historic poem.
During spring training, fans of every baseball team are inclined to be optimistic. This time around, Bill Littlefield is especially interested in fans of the Cubs.
At San Quentin State Prison in California, prisoners stage their own World Series. George Lavender travels to San Quentin to see the prison’s version of the Giants and the A’s take the field.
After including a poem about his childhood hero in his book, “Take Me Out,” Bill Littlefield got some exciting news: Willie Mays had read the poem. But that’s just the beginning of Bill’s story.
With tensions thawing between the U.S. and Cuba, baseball is being used to bridge the gap between the two nations. Bill Littlefield talked with Penn State professor John Affleck about what it was like when the school’s baseball team took to the diamond in Havana last month.
Baseball’s winter meetings have seen various players change teams. Aroldis Chapman is not among them, though he was supposed to be. Bill Littlefield has since turned his attention to Chapman’s story, detailing what’s taking place on and off the field for the Cincinnati Reds pitcher.
When the United States entered World War II, many prominent athletes rushed to join the war effort. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story of a lesser-known athlete and veteran whose story you might not have heard.
When the Nashville Predators played the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night, Mike Fisher knocked out one of Kevin Bieksa’s teeth. And, yes, hockeyfights.com is still in business. Bill Littlefield has always wondered why fighting, which is seriously discouraged in other sports, gets a pass in hockey.
Ever wanted to hit a golf ball from home plate? San Diego Padres fans recently got the chance to do just that when Petco Park was converted into a nine-hole golf course. This inspired Only A Game to look back at other times when ballparks hosted sports other than baseball.
Which athlete, team or horse had the definitive performance of the year? Bill Littlefield picks out his frontrunners for who is most deserving of Sports Illustrated’s annual honor.