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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and John Wooden couldn't have appeared less alike on the surface. This week on Only A Game, how the two men forged a 50-year friendship. Also, Mensa member/MLB groundskeeper Nick Elam is trying to revolutionize the rules of basketball to make the ends of games more exciting. And former MLB pitcher Rick Ankiel opens up about the game that led to the end of his pitching career — and a second baseball dream. Join us!
On the surface, coach John Wooden and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar couldn't have seemed less alike. But their decades-long friendship taught both men invaluable lessons.
Julie DiCaro, a host at Chicago's 670 The Score, and Mike Pesca, host of the daily Slate podcast The Gist, join Bill Littlefield.
If you've followed basketball, you know the ends of games can be filled with fouls and free throws. Nick Elam — a middle school principal/MLB groundskeeper/Mensa member — has spent the past decade devising a new way to end basketball games.
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the legal merit of a lawsuit filed by a San Antonio fan after Spurs star Kawhi Leonard was injured by an opponent. Also, Terry Francona's funny scoreboard message, and Duke Athletics looks for an indentured servant.
At 20 years old, Rick Ankiel seemed to be on his way to becoming one of the great pitchers in the major leagues. That is, until one wrong inning changed his life — and his fielding position.
This program aired on May 20, 2017.