Role Models: Kareem And Wooden, Jessie Graff And Xena, Ray Flynn And Jackie Robinson

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -- then Lew Alcindor -- after the 1968 NCAA championship. (AP)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -- then Lew Alcindor -- after the 1968 NCAA championship. (AP)

This week on Only A Game, stories about athletes and their role modelsKareem Abdul-Jabbar and John Wooden couldn't have appeared much less alike on the surface. How the two men forged a 50-year friendship. Also, we'll learn about the advice that Jackie Robinson gave to Boston politician Ray Flynn when he was just 10 years old. And, Jessie Graff's journey from aspiring warrior princess to Hollywood stunt double to American Ninja Warrior. Join us!

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50 Years Of Coach Wooden And Kareem, Through Racism, Olympic Boycotts And More

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.

3 Stories: NFL Anthem Policy, Danica Patrick, Sports Gambling 'Integrity Fees'

Lindsay Gibbs of ThinkProgress and ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. join Bill Littlefield.

Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn Was Jackie Robinson's 'No. 1 Fan'

Ray Flynn met popes and presidents while serving as mayor of Boston and the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. But before all that, he was a poor kid growing up in Southie, and Jackie Robinson was his hero.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the Knights-Capitals Stanley Cup Finals. Also, boxer Jack Johnson gets a presidential pardon. And, a television commentator captures a wayward horse.

Jessie Graff Takes On American Ninja Warrior, Becomes Hero

Only A Game's Martin Kessler has the story of how an aspiring warrior princess became an American Ninja Warrior — and became her own hero along the way.

This program aired on May 26, 2018.


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