Slate’s Sports Podcast Interviews Ralph Branca, Jackie Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers Teammate

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April 15 2013 6:52 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Golfier Than Thou Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Tiger Woods’ illegal drop and Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon. Also, an interview with Jackie Robinson’s teammate Ralph Branca.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the golf world’s overreaction to Tiger Woods’ illegal drop at the Masters. Next, they discuss Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon and whether the season-ending injury was preventable. Finally, they’re joined by Ralph Branca to talk about playing alongside Jackie Robinson and surrendering the most famous home run in baseball history, 1951’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Flowering Crabapples:

Mike’s Flowering Crabapple: Don’t forget to sign your scorecards.

Stefan’s Flowering Crabapple: Jackie Robinson was not Major League Baseball’s first black player and neither was Moses Fleetwood Walker.

Josh’s Flowering Crabapple: There’s been a major shift in MLB strategy. Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy explains.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Eric Goldwein.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Hang Up and Listen

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.