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Ryan Dempster is a two-time MLB All-Star and a World Series champion. Now he's focused on late-night TV. (John "Nunu" Zomot)
Ryan Dempster is a two-time MLB All-Star and a World Series champion. Now he's focused on late-night TV. (John "Nunu" Zomot)

During his 16-year MLB career, pitcher Ryan Dempster won a World Series and twice reached the MLB All-Star Game. This week on Only A Game, Dempster turns his attention to comedy and late-night TV. Also, Diane K. Shah is believed to be the first female sports writer for a daily paper. She was also once accused of trying to destroy the American family. Plus, when it comes to their mental health, Olympic athletes say they need more help. Join us!

Former MLB All-Star Ryan Dempster Wants To Make You Laugh
Dempster's sense of humor occasionally got him in trouble during his MLB career. Now he can tell all the jokes he wants...

'I'm Going In': How Sportswriter Diane K. Shah Opened Doors
After she started writing about sports, Shah was accused of "destroying the American family."

Double Play: Sportswriter Diane K. Shah Writes Her Revenge
In 1980, Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton used a bucket of water to avoid speaking with the media. Three years later, sports writer Diane K. Shah got her revenge.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports
Karen and Charlie discuss the new name of Seattle's NHL team, Torino's new "Feel Safe" stadium gate and more.

Steven Holcomb Inspires Film About Olympians And Mental Health
After the death of former U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb, independent filmmaker Brett Rapkin started looking at depression among Olympic athletes.

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This program aired on July 25, 2020.

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