Hang Up and Listen

The Baseball’s First Openly Gay Player Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NBA All-Star Game, LSU and Les Miles, and Glenn Burke.


Episode Notes

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the NBA All-Star Game and the state of the league a year after it suspended play due to COVID-19. They also talk about a new report on LSU’s failures to deal with sexual assault claims as well as allegations about the school’s ex-football coach Les Miles. Finally, Andrew Maraniss joins for a conversation about his book Singled Out, on the plight of the gay baseball player Glenn Burke.

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• Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were forced to sit out the All-Star Game due to contact with a barber who tested positive for COVID-19.

• LeBron James says his decision about whether to get vaccinated is “a private thing.”

• USA Today’s Kenny Jacoby, Nancy Armour, and Jessica Luther on the new report into LSU’s institutional failure to handle sexual assault claims.

Read the full report from the law firm Husch Blackwell.

• The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach on LSU’s rotten culture and Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger on what he missed about LSU’s former football coach Les Miles.

Follow Andrew Maraniss on Twitter and buy his new book, Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke, the First Openly Gay MLB Player and Inventor of the High Five.

• Read excerpts from Singled Out in ESPN’s the Undefeated and the New York Times.

• Burke publicly came out in a story in Inside Sports magazine in 1982.

• In 2015, a Milwaukee Brewers minor-leaguer, David Denson, came out as gay.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Burt Lancasters:

Stefan’s Burt Lancaster: Hours before Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden in 1971, his wife found him naked in a hotel room with a prostitute.

Josh’s Burt Lancaster: Listeners’ favorite free throws, featuring Harold Miner, Brian Okam, Yao Ming and Rafer Alston, Bo Kimble, Carla Berube, Swin Cash, and Jordan Bohannon.

On this week’s bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, and Josh talk about the word pack (and praise Joel’s knowledge of basketball terminology).

Podcast production and edit by Margaret Kelley.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.


About the Show

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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