The Time A One-Armed Baseball Team Took On A One-Legged Baseball Team

Back in olden times, novelty barnstorming baseball teams were all the rage. While squads of all women, all Asians, and all blacks were popular, maybe no game was as indelibly memorable as the Snorkeys vs. the Hoppers: the former, a team of one-armed players; the latter, a collection of one-legged opponents. » 11/26/14 3:13pm 11/26/14 3:13pm

Get It Right, People: Bobby Knight Didn't Throw A Folding Chair

Despite being one of the most infamous coaching meltdowns in history and either the first or second thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Bobby Knight, there is one crucial aspect of The Incident With The Chair that is consistently misremembered: the type of chair he chucked across the floor. » 2/25/14 6:02pm 2/25/14 6:02pm

Children's Song Will Teach Young Knicks Fans How To Face Despair

The fight for the future fandom of New York's children has finally been memorialized in the instant classic, "Who Do You Like Better, The Knicks or the Nets?" As expected, the lyrics prepare today's youth for the existential agony that is being a Knicks fan, without addressing that other team at all. » 11/13/13 5:06pm 11/13/13 5:06pm

Remembering Ashley Whippet, History's Best Frisbee-Catching Dog

The Ashley Whippet Invitational is the world's premier athletic competition for dogs that excel at catching frisbees, and it wouldn't exist if not for the contributions of its namesake. On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang up and Listen, Josh Levin takes a look back at the career of the greatest frisbee-catching… » 7/26/13 4:46pm 7/26/13 4:46pm

Matt Bonner Talks About The Time His Team Doctor Was A Dentist

Team doctors are a vital part of any NBA team. They are counted on to manage sprains, guide players through rehab, and help cure any number of physical maladies that might befall members of the team. Matt Bonner discovered the value of his team doctor when he got his head split open by an errant elbow, but he also… » 6/18/13 1:47pm 6/18/13 1:47pm

Roy Hibbert Can Never Play For Team USA, And It's All Jamaica's Fault

The United States Olympic basketball team, finding itself short on centers, wanted to add Indiana Pacers big man Roy Hibbert to its roster before the 2012 summer games. There was just one problem: Hibbert belonged to the Jamaican national team. On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, Josh Levin… » 6/14/13 6:06pm 6/14/13 6:06pm

Does A Baseball Player's Race Affect The Value Of His Card?

Is a baseball card worth more money if the player on it is white? Perhaps! On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang up and Listen podcast, Mike Pesca runs through the many studies have been done on the subject of racial bias and baseball card values, many of which posit that racism has long driven down the value of… » 6/07/13 7:08pm 6/07/13 7:08pm

Which NBA Draft Prospects Are Fudging Their Height With Thick Shoes?

Every year at the NBA draft combine, each prospect gets his height measured with shoes on and off. The difference between the two measurements is usually negligible, but not all the time! On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang up and Listen podcast, Mike Pesca figures out which of this year's prospects has the… » 5/24/13 4:02pm 5/24/13 4:02pm