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.
“Call Me Up,” by Rick James, from Street Songs gets the nod this week. Only A Game must have a stiff neck, because that’s all the nodding there is for this week’s show, at least as far as music is concerned.
From the pros down to the pee-wees, author Ken Reed and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader think that U.S. sports need an overhaul. They join us to discuss their proposals and Reed’s new book, “How We Can Save Sports.”
On Sept. 17, 2006, five members of the Duquesne University men’s basketball team were shot after leaving a dance on the Duquesne campus in Pittsburgh. A recent shooting provoked Bill Littlefield to revisit those circumstances.
Bill Littlefield’s job listing this week’s music couldn’t have been much easier.
Author Bob Katz chronicles the life of referee Ed Hightower in his new book “The Whistleblower.” Katz joins Bill Littlefield to share what he learned from the project.
A story about a swimmer at Villanova who came out to his teammates has given Bill Littlefield hope for the future.
“For sports, as for a lot of things, this February…is a tough month,” Bill Littlefield writes.
The cost of hosting events like the Olympics and FIFA World Cup is higher than most proponents care to admit. Economist Andrew Zimbalist explains the cost in his book ‘Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup.’ He speaks with Bill Littlefield.
Concord-Carlisle High School’s fencing team has been around for 50 years, started up by history teacher Elliot Lilien. For the students on the team, fencing is much more than stabbing people with swords. Bill Littlefield reports.
The nation’s most popular game ended with history’s most popular television production on Sunday. But Bill Littlefield is still thinking about something the NFL’s commissioner said before the Super Bowl began.
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.