This week on Only A Game, stories about athletes and their role models. Kareem 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!
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.
Lindsay Gibbs of ThinkProgress and ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. join Bill Littlefield.
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.
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.
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.