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Only A Blog
October 14th, 2015

Follow-Up: Can Sports Fandom Be Created From Nothing?

Remember our story about Jake Smith and his girlfriend, Susie? They’re the two Chicagoans who spent the 2015 MLB regular season trying to become baseball fans. With the Cubs advancing to the NLCS, we decided to follow up.

Only A Blog
October 13th, 2015
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Memorable Press Conference Moments

Inspired by Bill Belichick’s recent “SnapFace” reference, we decided to take a look back at some of the most memorable press conference moments in sports history.

In Depth
October 10th, 2015

Doc Adams: 19th Century Ballplayer, 21st Century Hall of Famer?

More than a century after his death, Doc Adams — the inventor of the shortstop position — finally has a shot at the Baseball Hall of Fame. His great-granddaughter Marjorie Adams has spent the past four years working toward this day. “I will live to see Doc Adams get in the Hall of Fame,” she tells Bill Littlefield.

Featured Book
October 10th, 2015

Bob Gibson Recalls World Series Start And More, ‘Pitch by Pitch’

Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson struck out 17 batters in the first game of the 1968 World Series. Gibson’s Cardinals eventually lost that series in seven games, but the pitcher’s historic performance hasn’t been forgotten. Bill Littlefield speaks with Gibson about his new book, “Pitch by Pitch.”

In The News
October 10th, 2015

‘Knock ‘Em Dead:’ Sending Best Wishes To CC Sabathia

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia shocked the baseball world this week when he announced he was leaving the team to seek treatment for alcohol addiction. Drawing on his own personal experience, Newsday’s Lane Filler explains why he reconsidered his immediate reaction to the news.

3 Stories You Should Know
October 10th, 2015

Broadcasting History, Louisville’s Scandal And CC Sabathia

Patrick Hruby of Vice Sports and the Washington Post’s Cindy Boren join Bill Littlefield to discuss broadcaster Jessica Mendoza’s historic night, allegations against the Louisville men’s basketball program and CC Sabathia’s decision to enter rehab.

Commentary
October 7th, 2015

As Yankees Start Offseason, CC Sabathia Starts Recovery

On Sunday, hours before the New York Yankees played their final game of the regular season, pitcher CC Sabathia told his manager, “I need help.” Bill Littlefield is among those wishing the former Cy Young winner a healthy future.

Featured Book
October 3rd, 2015

‘Pine Tar Game’ Explores The Aftermath Of A Contested Home Run

Baseball players use pine tar on wooden bats for better grip. It’s legal — and yet pine tar was at the crux of one of baseball’s most memorable temper tantrums. Filip Bondy’s “The Pine Tar Game” explores this infamous event.

In Depth
October 3rd, 2015

Nationals Youth Academy: ‘A Mirage Amongst Tumbledown Streets’

With educational opportunities that go beyond the diamond, the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is trying to help children in two of Washington’s poorer districts — and also increase baseball’s popularity.

Commentary
September 30th, 2015

Put ‘Em Up, Lemme At Him: Fighting In Sports

Teammates can sometimes push things a little too far. On Sunday, two members of the Washington Nationals traded blows in the dugout. For Bill Littlefield, images of the fight brought back memories of fisticuffs past.

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