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Bill Littlefield

Host, Only A Game , WBUR

Bill Littlefield has been the host of Only A Game since the program began in 1993. He’s been a commentator for WBUR and NPR since 1984.  For several years he hit second (Tuesday) in a Morning Edition line-up that included Frank Deford on Monday and Red Barber on Friday.

“Take Me Out”, Bill’s collection of sport-and-games-related doggerel, will be published in September by Zephyr Press, and in January, 2015, Library of America will publish “The Best of W.C. Heinz”, which Bill edited, and for which he wrote the introduction.  His other books include Only A Game and Keepers, both collections of his radio and magazine work; Prospect and The Circus in the Woods, both novels; and Baseball Days and Champions: Stories of Ten Remarkable Athletes. He was the guest editor for Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Sports Writing in 1998, and his essay “The Gym At Third and Ross” was featured in the 2013 edition. He writes a column about sports-related books for the Boston Globe.

Though his daughters, Amy and Alison, have grown too old for Bill to coach them, he still has nightmares about youth league basketball games in which he was allegedly an official.

Recent stories

Remembering ‘The Bilko Athletic Club’

April 19, 2014

Before the Dodgers moved to L.A., the biggest name in town was Steve Bilko. He played for the Los Angeles Angel of the Pacific Coast League, but author Gaylon White says the team was better known as the Bilko Athletic Club. The author joins Bill.

Runners Return To Finish 2014 Boston Marathon

April 19, 2014
The Boston Marathon finish line is painted and ready for runners on Monday. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Monday’s 118th running of the Boston Marathon comes a year after the race was disrupted by a bombing. Bill Littlefield takes a look back and a look forward.

On Baseball In April

April 16, 2014
Professional baseball teams use tarps to protect their fields. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The cold, sometimes wet stretch of weather at the start of the baseball season has reminded Bill Littlefield of some of his most disappointing baseball days.

‘In My Skin’ Shares Inside Look Into Brittney Griner’s Life

April 12, 2014

In ‘In My Skin,’ Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner details her struggles as a child and as a student at Baylor. She joins Bill Littlefield to discuss her past and her transition to the WNBA.

What This Year’s Boston Marathon Is About

April 09, 2014
Memorials to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing like this one on Boylston street, sprung up all over the city. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Perhaps staging the largest, loudest Boston Marathon ever will be a way to say that “the best” can exercise “passionate intensity” in asserting that madness and murderous violence won’t prevail.

‘Pedestrianism’ Highlights The Surprising History Of Competitive Walking

April 05, 2014

In the late 19th century competitive walking in America was the sport to watch. In ‘Pedestrianism,’ author Matthew Algeo details the history that led to America’s fascination with watching other people walk. He joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the book.

Casino Logo Added To Fenway’s Green Monster

April 02, 2014
Although not shown in this picture, the Green Monster now features a logo for Foxwoods Casino. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Boston Red Sox have added a new sign to the Green Monster. It’s an ad for a casino. Bill Littlefield imagines some fans may be uncomfortable with the change.

‘A Nice Little Place On The North Side’ Chronicles Wrigley’s Role In Cubs’ Struggles

March 29, 2014

George Will joins Bill Littlefield to discuss “A Nice Little Place on the North Side,” his new book about the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, which turns 100 this season.

Back From Down Under, MLB Set For 2014 Season

March 29, 2014
The Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia -- and its sizeable foul territory -- hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks to open the MLB season. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

After a sneak preview Down Under, baseball is set to open the 2014 season in earnest in North America. Based on the predictions he’s seen, Bill Littlefield says anything could happen.

March Madness, Money Madness

March 26, 2014
During March Madness, student-athletes like Baylor's Isaiah Austin become television stars. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Brackets have busted everywhere, but Bill Littlefield suggests the true madness of March isn’t related to wins and losses on the court.

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