The Gist

Who in History Came Closest to Winning the Heisman and a Nobel?

The Gist’s Mike Pesca has got a few ideas.

In the Slate Plus bonus segment of Friday’s edition of The Gist, host Mike Pesca riffs on a NOTBAT question from a listener.

This year, the Nobel Prize and Heisman Trophy ceremonies were on the same night. Though there weren’t any scheduling conflicts this year, who in history came closest to winning both? Hear Mike’s ideas for nominees.

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