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.
What does a Wallace Stevens poem have to do with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to preserve Shoeless Joe Jackson’s ban from baseball? Bill Littlefield explains.
Having beaten cancer and entering into his mid-30s, Asher Price set out on a quest to dunk a basketball for the first time in his life. Price chronicles that year-long journey in his book, “The Year of the Dunk: A Modest Defiance of Gravity.” The author joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his attempt and to share what he learned.
The best athletes make everything they do look effortless. Bill Littlefield asks: which athletic feat is most impressive?
To cap off this week’s “Time Show,” Bill Littlefield recalls a night listening to a New York Giants’ comeback on a transistor radio.
J.R. Richard was a star pitcher for the Houston Astros in the ’70s, but his life changed forever when he suffered a stroke in 1980. He never pitched in MLB again and ended up living under bridge. In his new book “Still Throwing Heat,” Richard tells his story of overcoming homelessness.
Bill Littlefield recently stumbled upon some World Series photos from the early-1900s and noticed that teams used to pack fans into stadiums by selling seats on the field. Today’s owners no longer park fans in center field, but they’ve found other ways to maximize profit…
Many pro athletes don’t think about life after sports until it’s too late. Others plan ahead. Bill Littlefield talks to retired athletes who fell on both ends of the spectrum — and finds out what one league is doing to better prepare its players for the future.
Steeler James Harrison ordered his children, ages 8 and 6, to return trophies they’d received for participating in a program designed to teach them teamwork. His rationale was that they hadn’t won anything, so they shouldn’t get trophies. Bill Littlefield doesn’t agree.
‘The Reappearing Act’ chronicles now-ESPNW writer Kate Fagan’s experience playing Division I college basketball on a team filled with born-again Christians. She shares her story with Bill Littlefield.
Mo Englander used to pitch for a team of seniors in Quincy, Mass. But the squad disbanded. Now he pitches for a new team: his son’s. Bill Littlefield has the story.
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.