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Hank Greenberg grappled with whether or not to play baseball on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. (AP)
Hank Greenberg grappled with whether or not to play baseball on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. (AP)
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In 1934, Hank Greenberg was the star of a Tigers team vying for the pennant. This week on Only A Game, Greenberg's struggle to balance baseball and his Jewish faith during a period of intense anti-Semitism in Detroit. And a Sports Illustrated reporter donned a Colin Kaepernick jersey and headed into the thick of a Buffalo Bills tailgate. Plus, Maria Sharapova had to overcome Lindsay Davenport — and fox poop — to win her first Wimbledon title. Join us!

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Hank Greenberg: Caught Between Baseball And His Religion

In September 1934, Detroit Tigers slugger Hank Greenberg had to make some tough decisions: sit out games during Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur or suit up and play with the AL pennant on the line? Along the way, the Detroit Free Press played a critical role in shaping the conversation in Detroit.

3 Stories: LA Chargers, MLB Home Run Record, 'Battle Of The Sexes'

Will Leitch of Sports on Earth and Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal joined Bill Littlefield.

Mission Improbable: Surviving A Bills Game ... In A Kaepernick Jersey

For the first week of this NFL season, Sports Illustrated gave writer Tim Rohan an unusal assignment. He was to attend a game — wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey. His trip to Buffalo led to shouted profanities, illicit moonshine and something unexpected.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss Aaron Hernandez and CTE, protective netting in MLB ballparks and selfies on a crime scene.

Fox Poop And A Father's Dream: Maria Sharapova's Wimbledon Upset

In 2004, Maria Sharapova became one of the youngest players to win a singles title at Wimbledon. Sharapova tells Bill about the sloppy (and possibly lucky) shoe that may have had something to do with it.

This program aired on September 23, 2017.

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