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.
Before the Dodgers moved to L.A., the biggest name in town was Steve Bilko. He played for the Los Angeles Angel of the Pacific Coast League, but author Gaylon White says the team was better known as the Bilko Athletic Club. The author joins Bill.
Monday’s 118th running of the Boston Marathon comes a year after the race was disrupted by a bombing. Bill Littlefield takes a look back and a look forward.
The cold, sometimes wet stretch of weather at the start of the baseball season has reminded Bill Littlefield of some of his most disappointing baseball days.
In ‘In My Skin,’ Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner details her struggles as a child and as a student at Baylor. She joins Bill Littlefield to discuss her past and her transition to the WNBA.
Perhaps staging the largest, loudest Boston Marathon ever will be a way to say that “the best” can exercise “passionate intensity” in asserting that madness and murderous violence won’t prevail.
In the late 19th century competitive walking in America was the sport to watch. In ‘Pedestrianism,’ author Matthew Algeo details the history that led to America’s fascination with watching other people walk. He joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the book.
The Boston Red Sox have added a new sign to the Green Monster. It’s an ad for a casino. Bill Littlefield imagines some fans may be uncomfortable with the change.
George Will joins Bill Littlefield to discuss “A Nice Little Place on the North Side,” his new book about the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, which turns 100 this season.
After a sneak preview Down Under, baseball is set to open the 2014 season in earnest in North America. Based on the predictions he’s seen, Bill Littlefield says anything could happen.
Brackets have busted everywhere, but Bill Littlefield suggests the true madness of March isn’t related to wins and losses on the court.