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James "Deacon" White recorded the first hit in professional baseball. But to Betty Jackson, the future Hall of Famer was just "Grandpa." (Courtesy James Jackson)
James "Deacon" White recorded the first hit in professional baseball. But to Betty Jackson, the future Hall of Famer was just "Grandpa." (Courtesy James Jackson)
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James "Deacon" White recorded professional baseball's first hit and pioneered the catcher position. This week on Only A Game, 96-year-old Betty Jackson helps tell the story of her grandfather. Also, a long-forgotten Olympic gold medal is recovered by a basketball star and her family. And the tale of a former NFL lineman who played a critical role in the bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War. Join us!

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Seven Memories Of Grandpa: Tales Of A 19th Century Baseball Pioneer

James "Deacon" White was an early baseball pioneer. His last game was in 1890. "As far as I know, I'm the only one alive who remembers him," says his granddaughter, Betty Jackson.

3 Stories: Baseball Debates, NFL Running Backs, Athletes Rank Journalists?

Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports and Charlotte Wilder of SB Nation joined Only A Game's Karen Given.

Double Play: ‘Finding A Long-Forgotten Gold Medal’

Rebecca Lobo was watching the 2012 London Olympics when one of her children asked about her own gold medal from the 1996 Games. That's when she realized she hadn't seen it since she was 22 years old.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Karen Given and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss Jemele Hill, Donald Trump, ESPN and more.

How An NFL Lineman Changed The Course Of The Battle Of Hue

Ernie Cheatham is the highest ranking military officer to have played in the NFL. Only A Game's Martin Kessler has this story about Cheatham's role in the 1968 Battle of Hue.

This program aired on September 16, 2017.

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