At age 6, while watching Bill Russell win his 11th NBA championship with the Boston Celtics, Gary Waleik developed the belief that he’d not only produce a sports show for National Public Radio someday but that he’d do it for decades. What else could provide such a dazzling weekly display of soul-satisfying absurdity, intrigue and humor?
While not producing Only A Game, Gary likes to discuss music, fly fishing and how absurd it is that John Perotti thinks the Cincinnati Bengals will ever amount to a hill of beans.
Tommy Warren was set to join MLB as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1941. But Pearl Harbor interrupted Warren’s plans to pitch in the Majors. Instead, he joined the Navy. Tommy Warren’s son, David, tells his father’s story, In His Own Words.
If U.S. Olympian Kimberly Rhode qualifies for the Summer Games in Rio, she could become the first American to win a medal at six different Olympic games. So why haven’t many people heard of her? Because her sport involves firearms.
If you found yourself riding in an elevator with a sports celebrity, would you strike up a conversation? Would it be fun, or just too awkward for words? Only A Game’s Gary Waleik recalls an elevator encounter he had over 20 years ago, in which he cleared up a mystery about a basketball legend.
“Summer of the Bass” by W.D. Wetherell “is a celebration of country that remains wild and healthy, and of the native species that thrives in it despite everything else,” writes Only A Game’s Gary Waleik.
Only A Game’s Gary Waleik felt the need to put something…anything…in this week’s music blog.
Only A Game’s Gary Waleik discusses overinflated soccer balls — and the music on this week’s show!
Only A Game’s Gary Waleik lists this week’s music.
Only A Game’s Gary Waleik catalogs the ditties that made this week’s cut.
Only A Game’s Gary Waleik provides the musical playlist for this week’s show.
Only A Game’s Gary Waleik lists the hits that fit.
Berklee presents “Nona Hendryx Rewired.”
Gary Waleik has enjoyed this year’s Boston/Philly bout, but the memory of a particularly exciting series played more than three decades ago has him wishing for one that’s even better.
WBUR’s Gary Waleik recalls his own late-season meltdown.
Speculation about which current Celtics player may be going elsewhere has abounded leading up to the imminent March 15th NBA trade deadline. But there have been a few noteworthy trading block hits and misses over past decades.
In this giddy, championship-driven era of the Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox, it may be hard for younger generations to imagine the time four decades ago when the Bruins monopolized the local sports imagination. But they once did.
Over the last decade Boston area professional and Division 1 college teams won 16 titles. But the mind reels when you consider that New England teams had chances at an additional six championships.