Only A Game http://wcbe.org en Only A Game's 20th Anniversary http://wcbe.org/post/only-games-20th-anniversary <p>Usually, mention of "secret sauce" in regards to sports is met with derision and disappointment. Not so with <em>Only A Game.&nbsp;</em>The "secret sauce" of public radio's nationally syndicated sports show is a special blend of the love of sports, both watching and playing, and a history of excellent journalism. How long a history? Oh, twenty years this broadcast.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:19:17 +0000 Miriam Geiger 40142 at http://wcbe.org Only A Game's 20th Anniversary Blind Sportscaster Bob Greenberg Remembered http://wcbe.org/post/blind-sportscaster-bob-greenberg-remembered Bob Greenberg died this week at the age of 67. He was a sportscaster who happened to be blind. When I've told people he's one of the most extraordinary people I've ever worked with, there's usually polite incomprehension: A blind sportscaster?<p>Bob worked for WBEZ in Chicago, and he could be cranky, blustery and loud. But it was a marvel to watch him work.<p>A helper would read box scores to him every day, and Bob would pound a Braille keyboard to punch them into cards. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 18:59:34 +0000 Scott Simon 18936 at http://wcbe.org Bucking Bulls Draw Crowds, And Dollars http://wcbe.org/post/bucking-bulls-draw-crowds-and-dollars The bucking bull has long been the embodiment of the American rodeo, and it takes just four seconds for a strong young bull to reap its owner as much as $50,000 in prize money.<p>Four seconds is how long each 1- or 2-year-old bull will wear a weight strapped to its back as the massive animal is judged on how high it kicks and how much it twists.<p>In the past 10 years, bucking bulls have become a major industry. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 07:26:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler 18905 at http://wcbe.org Bucking Bulls Draw Crowds, And Dollars Norman Sas, The Genius Behind Electric Football, Dies http://wcbe.org/post/norman-sas-genius-behind-electric-football-dies <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjFXnJc0Q0U</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:56:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18817 at http://wcbe.org Norman Sas, The Genius Behind Electric Football, Dies Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton Plays Not My Job http://wcbe.org/post/former-yankees-pitcher-jim-bouton-plays-not-my-job Jim Bouton is a former All-Star pitcher for the New York Yankees. His classic baseball memoir <em>Ball Four</em>, which was first published in 1970, is just out as an e-book.<p>Bouton famously wrote about shenanigans in baseball, which have arguably gotten worse since then. But compared to other sports around the world, baseball players are hardly immoral at all. We're going to ask him three questions about people who really know how to cheat. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 19:45:00 +0000 editor 18670 at http://wcbe.org Former Yankees Pitcher Jim Bouton Plays Not My Job Soccer Fans Scrap Sports Commentary For Organ Music http://wcbe.org/post/soccer-fans-scrap-sports-commentary-organ-music Berlin's streets came to a halt as Berliners squeezed themselves into neighborhood bars to watch the European Soccer Championship.<p>But at Lausitzerplatz in Kreuzberg, Emmanus Church was the main attraction as visitors and international guests filled the pews to watch the June 22nd match between Germany and Greece on a big screen TV. The game was accompanied by organ music by Stephan von Bothmer.<p>Von Bothmer is Germany's leading silent film composer. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 19:44:32 +0000 Anouschka Pearlman 18669 at http://wcbe.org Soccer Fans Scrap Sports Commentary For Organ Music Holy Cow! Family Finds Baseball Card Collection That May Fetch $3 Million http://wcbe.org/post/holy-cow-family-finds-baseball-card-collection-may-fetch-3-million "My grandfather stuck it in the attic a hundred years ago and here it is now, a blessing to his grandchildren."<p>A blessing for sure.<p><a href="http://www.toledoblade.com/sports/2012/07/11/Defiance-home-yields-rare-stash-of-vintage-baseball-cards.html" target="_blank">As the <em>Toledo Blade</em> reports</a>, when Karl Kissner and his cousins were clearing out his grandfather's home in Defiance, Ohio, on Feb. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:32:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18636 at http://wcbe.org Holy Cow! Family Finds Baseball Card Collection That May Fetch $3 Million Going To The Game: The Price Is Wrong? http://wcbe.org/post/going-game-price-wrong Sports is more ubiquitous than ever on television. And sports is almost the only thing that's left, live, on TV. NBC Universal is even going to let Americans see the Olympics live this year.<p>Nevertheless, despite TV's charm, last week as Andy Murray, Great Britain's homeboy, drew closer to making the Wimbledon final, the word was that tickets for actual Centre Court seats would be scalped for up to £32,000 a pair. If you're not hanging around the currency exchange market, that comes to something like $50,000. For two tickets. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 02:03:00 +0000 Frank Deford 18614 at http://wcbe.org Going To The Game: The Price Is Wrong? For R.A. Dickey, Knuckleballs Are Personal http://wcbe.org/post/ra-dickey-knuckleballs-are-personal R.A. Dickey's career as a major league pitcher has been as unpredictable as his signature pitch, the knuckleball.<p>And on Tuesday night, the New York Mets' 37-year-old phenomenon will hit a new pinnacle: the pitching mound at baseball's All-Star Game.<p>He won't be starting for the National League — manager Tony La Russa chose Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants for that honor. But the manager says says Dickey will pitch.<p>This guy isn't the best story in baseball because he's the best pitcher in the National League. If anything, Dickey is the pitcher he is <em>because</em> of his story. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 20:11:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 18522 at http://wcbe.org For R.A. Dickey, Knuckleballs Are Personal