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.
Bill Littlefield reflects on a remarkable World War I ceasefire that featured a soccer game between German and British troops.
This week’s show includes a lot of holiday music…and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
A new book explores the life of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic hero who was recently convicted of “culpable homicide” in the Feb. 2013 shooting death of his then-girlfriend. Bill Littlefield speaks to John Carlin, author of “Chase Your Shadow.”
LeBron James and other high-profile athletes have used their pre-game wardrobe choices to join the nationwide conversation concerning police brutality and race. Some say the athletes need to make a bolder move. Bill Littlefield reports on the issue.
“A mad indulgence and a glorious spectacle” — hosting the Olympic Games can bring a city both prestige and problems. Bill Littlefield believes the representatives of cities vying to host the 2024 Summer Games should recognize both sides.
Yep! Literally. This week’s show features music from the band yeP! Bill Littlefield explains all (once he finishes typing the album name, yeP!onymous).
Andrew Maraniss’ new book “Strong Inside” explores the The Struggles And Success Of of Vanderbilt’s Perry Wallace, the fist black player in the SEC. Wallace made his varsity debut in 1967. Maraniss and Wallace join Bill Littlefield.
While the Revolution seeks its first MLS Cup, the Galaxy is hoping to send retiring star Landon Donovan off with his sixth title. Bill Littlefield has more on Sunday’s matchup.
The official draw for groups for the 2015 women’s World Cup is scheduled for Dec. 6. Meanwhile, the dispute over plans to use artificial turf at the competition is ongoing. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.
From “Tequila” to the Jeopardy theme song, this week’s show has music to suit any mood.
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.