Only A Game's Greatest Hits: Some Uplifting Stories About Something Other Than Coronavirus

Tacko Fall never learned how to swim, despite growing up near a beach. (Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and Gretjen Helene Photography)
Kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston's Charlestown Club recently had a new student in their swimming lesson. (Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and Gretjen Helene Photography)

Need a break from news about the coronavirus pandemic? Only A Game has just what you're looking for:

1. 'I Should Have Done More': Bob Cousy's Letter To Bill Russell

Former Celtics Bob Cousy and Bill Russell were close on the basketball court. Bob Cousy regrets not being closer to Russell off of it.

2. 46 Years Later, Former Bruin Chris Hayes Gets His Stanley Cup Ring

Chris Hayes played just one game for the Boston Bruins in the 1972 NHL playoffs. But that one game was enough to earn him a championship ring ... 46 years later.

3. On Cape Cod, A $1 Million Mini Golf Course That's Not For Sale

For Only A Game's Gary Waleik, a round at Sandwich Mini Golf each summer is a treat. For Mo and Sylvia Burke, owning and maintaining that course has been a lifelong passion.

4. My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley

Shirley Wang's father, Lin, was on a business trip when he ran into NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. It was the beginning of a friendship.

5. Life And Lessons Of Bricklayer Bill, The 1917 Boston Marathon Champ

"Bricklayer Bill" was the 1917 Boston Marathon champion, best known for riding the rails to races and wearing a stars and stripes bandana. But that's only the beginning of his story.

6. At Age 67, Swimmer Honors Brothers With World Record Career

Pat Gallant-Charette — who grew up in Westbrook, Maine — was a 46-year-old "spectator mom" whose idea of exercise was walking around the block. Now, she holds multiple world records in marathon swimming.

 7. 2 Sisters, 2 College Teams, 2 Women's Olympic Hockey Legacies

Reggie and Reenie Baker founded the women's ice hockey teams at Cornell University and Boston College in the 1970s. Now, those two programs have combined to produce several U.S. and Canadian Olympic hockey players, including 10 who competed at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang.

8. Learning To Swim With 7-Foot-5 Celtic Tacko Fall

Tacko Fall grew up on the ocean in Dakar, Senegal. But unlike his friends, he never learned to swim. Now with the Celtics, Tacko Fall is getting in the pool.

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Gary Waleik Producer, Only A Game
Gary Waleik is a producer for Only A Game.


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Karen Given Executive Producer/Interim Host, Only A Game
Karen is the executive producer for WBUR's Only A Game.


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Martin Kessler Producer, Only A Game
Martin Kessler is a producer at Only A Game.



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