Only one major league baseball player has ever died from being hit with a ball. Molly Lawless, author of the graphic novel ‘Hit by Pitch,’ joins Bill to discuss Ray Chapman’s death in 1920.
The new book, ‘The Queen of Katwe’ tells the story of a girl from a Ugandan slum who found solace in chess. Bill talks with the author, Tim Crothers.
Before the Iron Curtain fell, hockey players from countries under Soviet leadership defected for the chance to play in the United States. Tal Pinchevsky’s ‘Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL’ tells these players’ stories and sacrifices. He talks with Bill about this period in hockey history.
Tyler Hamilton’s new book details his life in the world of professional cycling and the pressures to use performance-enhancing drugs in order to win on the global stage. Bill Littlefield spoke with Hamilton and his co-author Daniel Coyne about ‘The Secret Race.’
In the wake of the massive scandal at Penn State and the death of Joe Paterno, author Joe Posnanski’s just-released biography of Paterno has taken on special significance. Bill Littlefield offers his take on the new biography.
Basketball has been called “poetry in motion.” A new collection of essays examines the intersection of hoops and verse. It’s called “Fast Break To Line Break” and Todd Davis, the editor, and contributor Jack Ridl join Bill Littlefield.
Athletes have always held a special place in society, both for what they accomplish and how they affect culture. Author Stephen Amidon’s new book, ‘Something Like The Gods,’ explores the scope of athletes’ impact throughout history, and he joins Bill Littlefield to discuss it.
Long before there was an Olympic Village, before there was pin trading and medal counts, there were the ancient Olympics. Bill Littlefield speaks to author Neil Faulkner about his book “A Visitor’s Guide To The Ancient Olympics.”
Floyd Patterson was a heavyweight champion who came from humble beginnings, but that can be said of a lot of boxing greats. After reading W.K. Stratton’s new biography on Patterson, Bill Littlefield shares his thoughts on what set Patterson apart.
Defending champion Spain faces perennial powerhouse Italy in the Euro 2012 final this weekend. But there is more to Spain’s soccer history than its recent run of success. Jimmy Burns, author of “La Roja”, a new book about Spanish soccer, talks to Bill Littlefield.