Hang Up and Listen

The Major League Baseball Needs to Reckon With the Negro Leagues Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Negro Leagues, the Champions League, and Losers.

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Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the 100th anniversary of baseball’s Negro Leagues. They’re also joined by the New York Times’ Rory Smith to talk about the Champions League. Finally, Louisa Thomas joins for a conversation about the book Losers: Dispatches from the Other Side of the Scoreboard.

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• Kevin Blackistone in the Washington Post: “Baseball is honoring the Negro Leagues. It needs to explain why they existed.”

• Ben Lindbergh’s piece in the Ringer on whether the Negro Leagues should get “major league” status.

Follow Rory Smith on Twitter and sign up for his newsletter.

• Smith on how the club Atalanta inspired the Italian city of Bergamo.

• Smith’s game story about Bayern’s 8-2 rout of Barcelona and his feature on Barcelona’s on- and off-field decline.

Here’s a breakdown of the ridiculous assist by Bayern’s 19-year-old Canadian defender Alphonso Davies against Barcelona.

In the Players’ Tribune, Davies wrote about his journey from a refugee camp in Ghana to the Bundesliga.

• RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams scored arguably the most important goal ever by an American player in European club competition.

• Leipzig’s ownership by Red Bull and its rapid rise has alienated German fans.

Follow Louisa Thomas on Twitter and buy the book Losers: Dispatches from the Other Side of the Scoreboard.

• Charles Bock’s piece “The Sporting House,” on Las Vegas and Lloyd Daniels.

• Mary Pilon’s book The Kevin Show, on sailor Kevin Hall’s battle with mental illness.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Ann Mulveys:

Joel’s Ann Mulvey: This year’s Phoenix Suns weren’t quite good enough to make the playoffs. Neither were the 2013-2014 Suns.

Stefan’s Ann Mulvey: The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper at the University of North Carolina, is banning the term student-athlete.

On this week’s bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, and Josh discuss the latest on college football’s possible fall season, and whether they’re going to watch.

Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

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A weekly sports discussion show from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate personalities Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin.

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