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.
How do our games respond to domestic violence? This week, the NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice for two games while the Minnesota Twins canceled the ceremony to honor former second baseman Chuck Knoblauch. Bill Littlefield weighs in.
The Golden Stick Wiffle League All-Star series featured the best wiffle ball players from around the world — or at least the Northeast. Bill Littlefield was there to witness the fluttering pitches, the home run trots and the high hopes for the sport’s future.
Rory McIlroy’s recent triumph at the British Open has some golf enthusiasts hoping for a rise in the game’s popularity. That’s caused Bill Littlefield to remember his own youthful attempts to play golf.
BOSTON — 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.
Only A Game listeners have written in to discuss the use of hands in soccer, skipping stones, and horses who lose. Bill Littlefield responds.
Richard Hoffer’s ‘Bouts of Mania’ chronicles the “Golden Age” of heavyweight boxing as well as the era’s three main figures: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman. Hoffer joins Bill Littlefield.
This year the Tour de France began in the United Kingdom, which is why Bill Littlefield, who’d gone to London for a break from sports, came to witness the spectacle.
Yet another wax sculpture of Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled in 2013. This event provoked Bill Littlefield to think about how we praise famous men and the extent to which some of them find it necessary to praise themselves.
In 1910, when Hugh Chalmers offered one of his sought-after cars to the winner of the 1910 batting title, a battle ensued between Ty Cobb and Napoleon Lajoie. Rick Huhn’s ‘The Chalmers Race’ captures the controversial events surrounding that contest. Huhn joined Bill Littlefield.
Every four years they appear: columns by sports writers explaining whey they hate soccer. Bill Littlefield has a tip for those scribes: take a vacation during the World Cup.
As the World Cup presses on, one type of sports column has dependably reappeared again this summer, a column which Bill Littlefield finds unnecessary.
BOSTON — 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.
BOSTON — The Red Sox traded for the Cy Young winner late Tuesday.
BOSTON — 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.
BOSTON — “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.
Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine produced the documentary, which alleges that the MLB used coercion to recruit players as young as 16.