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.
Mark Kram was a legendary sports writer for Sports Illustrated in the 1960s and ’70s. His exit from S.I. caused problems for his son Mark Kram, Jr., who had the name first and also became a sports writer. Kram, Jr. edited the new collection of his father’s work titled “Great Men Die Twice” and joins Bill Littlefield.
Many sports fans enjoy heckling players from the rival team. But a 2012 study performed at the University of Exeter shows taunting an opponent may actually help the opposition. Bill Littlefield has the story.
The ongoing campaign by Pete Rose to return to baseball’s good graces and become eligible for the Hall of Fame hit another bump in the road this week when ESPN revealed evidence that Rose had bet on games when he was a player … something he had denied. Bill Littlefield thinks Rose should be enshrined anyway.
Chances are, if you have watched a sporting event on television, you’ve heard Al Michaels’ voice. Michaels joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his career, his famous “Miracle on Ice” call, and his new memoir, “You Can’t Make This Up.”
The Boston Red Sox season has been dismal thus far. Bill Littlefield tells the story of a time he and some friends decided to stay away from Fenway Park.
The 1981 baseball season was shaping up to be a great one, behind Pete Rose’s bat and Fernando Valenzuela’s arm. But the season was interrupted by a strike, which is the focus of author and mayor of Cooperstown Jeff Katz’s new book. Katz talked with Bill Littlefield.
“Done well, motivation is liberating,” writes Bill Littlefield.
Bengie Molina played in the Major Leagues from 1998 until 2010. His brothers Jose and Yadier have also had pro careers. Bengie joined Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book, “Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised An Unlikely Baseball Dynasty.”
The 2004 movie “Miracle” dramatizes the United States’ win over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics. In the film’s most famous scene, U.S. coach Herb Brooks, played by Kurt Russell, delivers a motivational pregame talk. But how accurate was that movie speech? Bill Littlefield tracks down some of the players who were in the locker room 35 years ago and finds a surprising answer.
Bill Littlefield remembers his first ice hockey practice — and his first pair of (too-big) ice skates.
The New England Revolution have acquired 32-year-old midfielder Jermaine Jones, who was last seen starring for the U.S. national team at the 2014 World Cup.
The service arm of the Liverpool Football Club — along with a couple of team legends — was at the Perkins School For the Blind to teach soccer to some of the students using special equipment for the visually impaired.
Public preservation hasn’t seemed to matter much to Bill Russell, but it’s likely he’s pleased with the portion of his monument — set to be unveiled in Boston — that includes messages about teamwork.
The Red Sox traded for the Cy Young winner late Tuesday.
Half-way through the season, the Boston Red Sox have the best record in the American League. Bill Littlefield that is due in part to what other team’s aren’t doing.
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was suspended for two games Thursday for a skirmish in Wednesday night’s game. Only A Game’s host shares his thoughts.
Over 100 students are being investigated for cheating, but the involvement of the co-captains of the basketball team has altered the discussion.
Johnny Pesky, the Red Sox’ unofficial ambassador, passed away Monday. WBUR’s Bill Littlefield recalls the beloved longtime member of the organization.
“Only A Game” host Bill Littlefield and Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman live in the same town, Needham, where the town is wild about Aly.
Longtime Boston Globe sports writer Bob Ryan is set to retire after the London Olympics, but it won’t be a matter of sitting on the porch with a pitcher of cold lemonade and a scrapbook.