Latest Show: Rio's Olympic Legacy, Ichiro's Milestone, Tup Holmes
Last summer, all eyes were on Rio as the world's best athletes competed at the 2016 Olympics. This week on Only A Game, a look at Rio's legacy of displacement, despair — and resistance in Vila Autódromo. Also, the story of one baseball superfan's 18-month quest to witness Ichiro Suzuki's 3,000th career hit. And, Alfred "Tup" Holmes' fight to desegregate golf in Atlanta in the 1950s. Join us!
Latest Show: Jim Abbott, Yale's Worst Rower, Rubik's Cube History
Jim Abbott was a pitcher in the Major Leagues for a decade. He was also born without a right hand. This week on Only A Game, Abbott tells the story of a teacher who taught him an important lesson. Also, the self-proclaimed worst oarsman in Yale history finds an unlikely rowing partner in Italy. And the rise, fall and rise of the Rubik's Cube. Join us!
Latest Show: Baseball Diplomacy, Tom Meschery, Williams-DiMaggio Swap?
Randy Kaplan has collected 350 baseballs signed by world leaders. This week on Only A Game, Kaplan talks about popes, presidents and Vladimir Putin. Plus, a descendant of Leo Tolstoy talks about his decade in the NBA -- and poetry. And the story of a Ted Williams-Joe DiMaggio trade that almost happened...maybe. Join us!
Latest Show: Life After BALCO, The 1st Tour De France, Golf In Herat
BALCO founder Victor Conte spent four months in prison after a federal raid of his offices in 2003. This week on Only A Game, Conte opens up about peddling steroids -- and switching sides in the fight against doping. Plus, a tale of violence and deception at the first Tour de France. And the golf shot that changed the life of an Afghan woman. Join us!
Latest Show: Mack's Legacy, Energetic Wrestlers, Backyard Baseball
Mack Brady was just 8 years old when he died of sepsis. This week on Only A Game, how Mack's family and friends embraced joy -- and soccer. Plus, the Lefever boys were destroying their home, until their mother put a wrestling mat in the basement. And how Backyard Baseball's Pablo Sanchez became an unlikely hero -- and one of the greatest video game characters of all time.
Latest Show: #outruncancer, Laila Vs. Muhammad Ali, Blind Broadcaster
Most people know about Muhammad Ali’s most famous fights. But this week on Only A Game, a look back at the boxer's toughest bouts — against his youngest daughter, Laila. Also, two childhood friends had fallen out of touch, until one of them was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, they both want to #outruncancer. And broadcaster Ed Lucas explains how baseball took his sight — but gave him a life. Join us!
Latest Show: MLB During WWII, Man O' War, And The SH*T
Major League Baseball carried on during WWII, but talent was in short supply. This week on Only A Game, the story of the 1945 Washington Senators and their one-legged player-coach. Plus, the life of Man o' War -- a horse that some say 'transcended its species.' And a tale of a teenaged boy, his famous neighbor and the Saunders Hoop Invitational Tournament. Join us!
Latest Show: Revisiting Sprewell, Lacrosse Brothers, Chargers' Move
The Golden State Warriors are now known for their team chemistry. Two decades ago, the franchise had a very different image. This week on Only A Game, we explore the link between the Sprewell-Carlesimo incident and the team's current success. Also, four brothers from the Onondaga Reservation make it pro in lacrosse. Plus, the story of two San Diego natives affected by the Chargers' move to LA. Join us!
Latest Show: Dr. Baseball, Refugee Camp Soccer, Congressional Ballgame
You've heard of multitasking -- but have you heard of the ballplayer who went to medical school? This week on Only A Game, Dr. Gail Hopkins and his wife, Caroline, explain how they balanced it all. Plus, we look at the not-so-silly reason behind the supremely silly Congressional Baseball Game. And, the tale of a refugee camp, soccer ball and children's book. Join us!
Latest Show: Kareem And Coach Wooden, Elam Ending, Rick Ankiel
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!
Latest Show: Soccer In A Kenyan Slum, Craig Hodges, Pro Athlete/Mom
Thousands of Kenyan children are benefiting from a soccer league founded in one of Nairobi's oldest and largest slums. This week on Only A Game, the story of the Mathare Youth Sports Association. Also, the tale of an NBA champion and activist who says he was blackballed for his political views. Plus, Allison Feaster talks about balancing motherhood and pro basketball. Join us!
Latest Show: Golf With Trump, Street Soccer, Football And The First Lady
Three years ago, golf writer James Dodson was invited to play golf with Donald Trump. Rain cut short the outing, but Dodson came away with stories...and a cheeseburger. Plus, a soccer team that's helping the homeless in Sacramento. And, the story of a Boston high school football player who asked the first lady of Massachusetts for a donation -- and got much more than he expected.
Latest Show: Punjabi Hockey, Fight Fixing, Gate Crashing And More
Just one 11-second call made announcer Harnarayan Singh famous for broadcasting hockey in Punjabi. This week on Only A Game, a look back at how he got there. Also, Mace Bugen stood just 43-inches tall. But that didn't stop him from getting photos with some of the biggest names in sports. And we get a primer on how to fix fights. Join us!
Latest Show: Soccer Player/Resistance Fighter, First Female Marathoner, More
Meijer Stad was a Dutch soccer player -- and a resistance fighter during World War II. This week on Only A Game, the story of Stad's double life. Plus, Arlene Piper was the first woman to officially complete a marathon in the U.S. But for 50 years, she didn't know she had a place in sports history. Plus, a pickup basketball league's 25-year reunion brings together long-lost friends. Join us!
Latest Show: The Life And Legacy Of Jackie Robinson
This week on Only A Game, we're celebrating the 70th anniversary of the integration of baseball with stories about Jackie Robinson. We'll learn about the advice and encouragement Robinson gave to Boston politician, Ray Flynn when he was just 10 years old. Plus, the story of a decades-long feud between Robinson and former Dodgers manager Leo Durocher. And former Major Leaguer Lou Collier is trying to bring baseball back to the South Side of Chicago. Join us!
Latest Show: NBA's Forgotten History, Scott Simon's Cubs, Olympic Wine
There's the story that's been told about the invention of basketball's shot clock. And then there's the true story. This week on Only A Game, the life and death of Leo Ferris, the NBA's co-founder history almost forgot. Plus, NPR Weekend Edition host/Cubs fan Scott Simon tells the story of an infamous (and blue) managerial rant. And an Olympic bet that resulted in a vineyard. Join us!
Latest Show: Love/Hate For LeBron, Inner Tube Water Polo, Wall Street Football
When LeBron James ditched Cleveland for Miami, sportswriter Scott Raab wrote a book titled "The Whore of Akron." He now regrets his word choice... This week on Only A Game, the story of a writer's love-hate-love relationship with LeBron. Also, the story of the greatest intramural inner tube water polo dynasty you've never heard of. And a 23-year-old Wall Street analyst tries to join the Michigan football team. Join us!
Latest Show: Armless Archer, NASCAR And Hoops, March Madness
Matt Stutzman was born without arms. This week on Only A Game, how Stutzman became the 11th best archer in the world. Also, Brendan Gaughan has had a long career in NASCAR. But at Georgetown University, he was a basketball benchwarmer who guarded Hall of Famer Allen Iverson in practice. And, in a March Madness-themed "3 Stories," we'll discuss hoops clichés, Michigan's dangerous ride to the Sweet 16 and the "Gentrification of College Hoops." Join us!
Latest Show: D-League Devotee, Prison Marathoner, Piazza Card Collector
Like lots of talented basketball players, Derrick Jones Jr. went pro after one year in college. Unlike lots of pro basketball players, he wanted to stay in school. This week on Only A Game, Jones Jr's unlikely route to the NBA. And, what's harder than running a marathon? Running it on a treadmill...in prison. We'll have the story of an ex-con running toward a better life. Plus, we'll meet a man devoted to collecting baseball cards featuring Mike Piazza...in a Marlins uniform. Join us!
Latest Show: Basketball In Tokyo, Ireland And The America East Conference
As basketball season heats up, we have three basketball stories from around the globe: After his father died, Sam Perkins turned a father-son tradition of attending 'America East' games into a full-time job. Also, Ira Brown grew up in a small Texas town without a stable family or home. Now he's found both — and a basketball career — in Tokyo. And how 23-year-old Pete Strickland brought the "Maryland All-Stars" to Ireland — and is now poised to become Ireland's basketball's hero again, 37 years later. Join us!!