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.
This year, the Philadelphia 76ers are off to an 0-11 start. They still have a long way to go, though, to lose as many games as the ’72-’73 76ers. That team, Charley Rosen writes, was “perfectly awful.” Rosen joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book about Philadelphia’s dreadful season.
A common expression uttered after an exciting, well-contested game is “somebody had to lose.” Bill Littlefield pays homage to some unfortunate squads for whom losing has become an all-too-familiar habit.
Stop the presses! In a revelation sure to confirm his status as a 30-year NPR veteran, Bill Littlefield admits in this week’s music blog that he doesn’t know what twerking is.
Max Lenox didn’t take the expected path to becoming captain of Army’s basketball team. Bill speaks with Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price, who profiled the point guard for this week’s magazine, and to the two men who adopted Lenox.
In sports, perhaps less is more? Bill Littlefield argues for the virtues of shortening our sports seasons.
Whenever a future Hall of Fame player is retiring, people pay attention. Bill Littlefield has been playing close attention to Landon Donovan’s comments recently, and he likes what he’s hearing.
An entry from Elvis Presley features prominently in Bill Littlefield’s latest addition to the Only A Game music blog. Unlike one song on this week’s show, Bill’s blog is most certainly not “redolent of idiocy.”
Jim Boeheim, head coach at Syracuse since 1976, is the longest-tenured active coach in men’s college basketball. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book: “Bleeding Orange.”
Now that Ray Rice’s suspension appeal is underway and Adrian Peterson has reached a plea deal, the NFL’s domestic abuse scandals — and their handling by Commissioner Roger Goodell — return to the headlines. Bill Littlefield offers his take on the latest developments.
Despite two fractured bones in his back, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has traveled to London with the hope of playing on Sunday. Bill Littlefield does not share Romo’s, or the NFL’s, optimistic outlook.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — 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.
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.
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.