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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:
- Mike Trout was the second-youngest All-Star Game MVP, but the broadcast was all Derek Jeter.
- ESPN’s Jayson Stark took a long look at Jeter passing the torch to Trout, noting that Jeter is still much better-known.
- On Yahoo Sports, Jeff Passan noted that baseball players view Trout as Jeter’s successor and compared Trout with Yasiel Puig.
- Trout grew up idolizing Jeter.
- In a recent Harris Poll, Jeter was the only baseball player among the top 10 most famous athletes.
- Yasiel Puig had a unique journey to the majors, and he sure knows how to flip a bat.
- Canada upset the U.S. in the World Lacrosse Championship finals, and the Iroquois Nationals placed third.
- ESPN announcer Quint Kessenich criticized the Iroquois for aggressive play and use of wooden sticks; lacrosse fans had mixed feelings, but the Iroquois national team took to Twitter to defend their tradition.
- The Denver Post talked with legendary stick-maker Alf Jacques.
- S.L. Price wrote in Sports Illustrated in 2010 about the meaning of lacrosse for the Haudenosaunee people and the national team’s attempt to travel to the 2010 world championship on Iroquois passports.
- Lyle and Miles Thompson chose SUNY Albany over traditional lacrosse powerhouse Syracuse and became the first Native American winners of the Tewaarton Award—the Heisman Trophy of lacrosse.
- Joe Posnanski remembered Red Klotz on his blog.
- The New York Times obituary for Klotz noted his pride in playing the straight man for the Globetrotters.
- In a 2010 Sports Illustrated article, Posnanski described the eternal optimism of Klotz—especially when given the chance to play on ice.
- Tim Crothers profiled Klotz for SI in 1995.
- Klotz remains the shortest player to win an NBA title.
- Mike looked at the Globetrotters’ latest innovation—the four-point shot—on NPR in 2011.
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Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.
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