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The Remembering Henry Aaron Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NFL’s conference title games and Aaron’s life and legacy.

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Episode Notes

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about a mystifying field goal attempt by the Green Bay Packers, a tenth Super Bowl appearance for Tom Brady, and the Kansas City Chiefs’ run for a second straight title. They also discuss the life and legacy of baseball legend Hank Aaron, who died last week at the age of 86.

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• Slate’s Nick Greene on Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur’s dumb field goal call.

• Jason Kirk in Slate on Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.

• Baseball legend Henry Aaron died last week at 86. The Society for American Baseball Research has extended accounts of Aaron’s life and his 715th home run, which broke Babe Ruth’s record.

ESPN’s Howard Bryant wrote in a remembrance of Aaron, “When he was behind Ruth, he was ahead of America. When he passed Ruth, America still had not caught up to him.”

• Buy Bryant’s biography, The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, and Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later by Sandy Tolan.

• Listen to broadcaster Vin Scully’s call of 715: “A Black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol.”

In Sports Illustrated in 1973, Aaron described receiving hate mail and death threats as he approached the record.

• After Aaron’s death, Slate’s Henry Grabar interviewed the woman who sorted his mail.

George Plimpton wrote about the record homer for SI in 1974.

• The Athletic’s Joe Posnanski wrote about Aaron last year and after his death.

• In 1994, Aaron told William C. Rhoden of the New York Times that the home-run chase “carved a piece of my heart away.”

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Tommie Aaron:

Stefan’s Tommie Aaron: The sad and courageous story of Leander Tugerson, a Black pitcher mentioned in a 1952 letter offering Aaron to the majors, and his brother, Jim.

On this week’s bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, and Josh assess new Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell’s cannibalistic rant.

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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