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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.

May 28th, 2016

O’ Indy 500: Poetry Returns For 100th Anniversary

On the 100th running of the Indy 500, a tradition lost to the Great Depression returns. Bill Littlefield traces the history of poetry — yes, poetry — at the race.

In Depth
May 21st, 2016

Not Dead Yet: The Unpredictable History Of Baseball’s Bunt

Baseball’s bunt is dead‚Ķmaybe. Bill Littlefield delves into the past, present and possible future of baseball’s much-maligned maneuver.

April 30th, 2016

Tennis In Bullrings And On Ice: Rod Laver On The Pro Circuit’s Early Days

Until the advent of the Open Era in 1968, professional tennis players were excluded from the sport’s top tournaments. So instead of competing at Wimbledon or the US Open, tennis pros toured the world, often playing in unusual — and unfavorable — conditions. Tennis Hall of Famer Rod Laver joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his experiences.

March 12th, 2016

International Chess, A Family Pub And The History Of Brackets

While college basketball fans prepare to fill out their March Madness brackets, Bill Littlefield plots the little-known history of the bracket from an 1851 chess tournament to a Long Island restaurant in the 1970s.

March 5th, 2016

Hoover-Ball: A President’s Game Becomes A CrossFit Sensation

Public perception of Herbert Hoover has, for the most part, always been tied to the economic troubles of the Great Depression. But the legacy of the 31st president isn’t all bad…in fact, as a sport, it’s pretty intense — and CrossFit approved. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

February 27th, 2016

‘Casey At The Bat’ — Revisiting The Mudville Nine And DeWolf Hopper

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.

February 20th, 2016

Nazis Pioneered Broadcasting… And Made Jesse Owens A Star

The Nazis pioneered modern, global sports broadcasting for the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. They just didn’t know Jesse Owens was going to steal the show. Only A Game’s Karen Given finds out more about the Nazis’ role in broadcasting history.

February 20th, 2016

Kenny Sailors: The Long-Forgotten Inventor Of Basketball’s Jump Shot

Today, the jump shot is one of basketball’s fundamental moves. But it didn’t exist in the early days of basketball history. Where did it come from? And who invented it? Only A Game’s Karen Given’s investigation begins 84 years ago on a farm in Wyoming.

February 13th, 2016

King Henry VIII Might Have Had CTE

King Henry VIII is remembered for marrying six women…and beheading two of them. But what if Henry VIII was more than just a bad husband? What if some of his erratic behavior can be traced back to a jousting match and the same degenerative brain condition that now affects former athletes?

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