J.R. Richard was a star pitcher for the Houston Astros in the ’70s, but his life changed forever when he suffered a stroke in 1980. He never pitched in MLB again and ended up living under bridge. In his new book “Still Throwing Heat,” Richard tells his story of overcoming homelessness.
After six decades of golfing, Tom Watson is starting to wind down his career. “The kids hit the ball a lot farther than the old guys do,” he tells Bill Littlefield. The six-time PGA Player of the Year discusses his storied career as well as the evolution of the sport.
Over the course of 14 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, David Robinson earned the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and MVP, along with two championship rings. He joins Bill Littlefield.
Dick Bavetta officiated NBA games for 39 years. He worked a record 2,635 consecutive regular season games before retiring last year. Bavetta joins Bill Littlefield to look back on his career in stripes.
Until recently, two dams blocked the 9.5 mile lower stretch of the Penobscot River in Maine. Last month, paddlers from all over the country gathered for a race hosted by the Penebscot Nation celebrating the removal of the dams.
Fifty years ago at Shea Stadium in New York, the Beatles set a record: 55,600 fans packed the home of the Mets to see the Fab Four in concert. It was the largest crowd in concert history and forever changed the relationship between the music business and sports stadiums.
The first Major League Baseball player from Japan was a 20-year-old pitcher by the name of Masanori Murakami. The lefty only played two seasons in the MLB, but his journey is the subject of the new book called “Mashi” by Robert Fitts. Murakami, Fitts and translator Yuriko Romer joined Only A Game’s Doug Tribou.
When Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, Brazilians celebrated. Six years, an economic nosedive and a World Cup later, the country’s residents feel very differently. In her new book “Dancing with the Devil in the City of God,” Brazilian journalist Juliana Barbassa chronicles the change.
The Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” was more than a hit song, Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter argues. It also changed the relationship between sports and the music industry. Fifteen years after the song’s release, Reiter joins Bill Littlefield to make his case.
Peter Milligan has run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, for the last 12 years. In his new book “Bulls Before Breakfast,” Milligan explains why he keeps going back year after year.