Author and frequent OAG contributor Keith O’Brien spent a year with the Scott County Cardinals, a high school basketball team in Kentucky good enough to attract 6-foot-8 transfer students. Bill Littlefield speaks with O’Brien about the difficulties of handling the pressure to win in a community with above average interest in high school hoops.
ESPN host and former Washington Post reporter and columnist Michael Wilbon is the guest editor for ‘The Best American Sports Writing 2012’. Wilbon and series editor Glenn Stout join Bill Littlefield to discuss the best of the best in the collection.
Bestselling author John Grisham recently set aside legal fare to write about America’s pastime: baseball. His novel, ‘Calico Joe’, follows the story of a breakout Major League star. Grisham joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the book and his love of baseball.
Each week on Only A Game, Bill Littlefield talks to the author of a book about sports. Some of those books go on to be bestsellers, but others don’t get as much attention as they deserve, so Bill has compiled a list of three somewhat hidden gems of 2012.
Spain is home to two of the most popular and successful soccer teams in the world: FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Bill talks with Richard Fitzpatrick about his book, ‘El Clasico’, which details the history of the rivalry and the reasons for its lasting intensity.
The list of great Jewish athletes goes well beyond Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax. Bill Littlefield speaks with the editors of ‘Jewish Jocks’, a collection of biographical essays about history’s notable Jewish athletes.
As more games fall victim to the current lockout, author Jonathon Gatehouse talks with Bill Littlefield about his book, “The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the NHL and Changed the Game Forever.”
Darryl Henley made a name for himself as an NFL cornerback before he was sent to federal prison. Michael McKnight’s book ‘Intercepted’ details Henley’s path from football to a botched drug run to a 41-year prison sentence. McKnight spoke with Bill about the former NFL player’s life.
In ‘Muck City’, bestselling author Bryan Mealer features a town in central Florida known for producing quality football players who leave the swampy region and find education and athletic success in college and the NFL. Mealer talks with Bill about his book and the peculiarities of this little-known town.
Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini inherited his nickname from his father. In his book ‘The Good Son: The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini’, Mark Kriegel explores their relationship and the younger Mancini’s boxing career. Kriegel speaks with Bill about the book.