The Greatness of Washington Generals Coach Red Klotz, Who Lost More Than 14,000 Games

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July 21 2014 5:20 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Losingest Winner Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Mike Trout, the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team, and legendary Washington Generals coach Red Klotz.

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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 discuss the media’s focus on Derek Jeter at the All-Star Game and whether Mike Trout or someone else can take Jeter’s place as the face of baseball. They interview Iroquois Nationals Assistant General Manager Ansley Jemison about the recently completed World Lacrosse Championship and what the game means to the Haudenosaunee people. Finally, they talk to NBC Sports national columnist Joe Posnanski about the life of Washington Generals coach Red Klotz, his place in basketball history, and his undying optimism after 14,000 losses and at least one win against the Harlem Globetrotters.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly mediocre cheese:

Mike’s mediocre cheese: bracing himself for the amazing headlines that will be inspired by the latest wave of great baseball names.

Stefan’s mediocre cheese: Reflecting on Roger Angell’s decidedly not tatterdemalion writing.

Josh’s mediocre cheese: Enjoying the age of position players pitching, and staying on watch for more.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talked about Chris Kluwe’s increasingly public and ugly battle with the Vikings over his release from the team. Slate Plus members get an ad-free version of this podcast with bonus segments. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

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.

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