65 episodes

Original audio documentaries from the makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 film series, featuring stories from the world of sports and beyond. 30 for 30 offers captivating storytelling for sports fans and general interest listeners alike, going beyond the field to explore how sports, competition, athleticism and adventure affect our lives and our world. Sports stories like you've never heard before.

30 for 30 Podcasts ESPN

    • Sports
    • 4.3 • 9.3K Ratings

Original audio documentaries from the makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 film series, featuring stories from the world of sports and beyond. 30 for 30 offers captivating storytelling for sports fans and general interest listeners alike, going beyond the field to explore how sports, competition, athleticism and adventure affect our lives and our world. Sports stories like you've never heard before.

    Searching For Hobey Baker

    Searching For Hobey Baker

    Every hockey fan knows the name Hobey Baker - collegiate hockey’s most prestigious trophy is named after him - but very few know the real story of this all-time great athlete. Using an archive of personal letters and source materials provided by the Mudd Library at Princeton University, as well as original research, the series charts Hobey’s glory days as the best collegiate hockey and football player in the nation, his post-grad ennui in Gilded Age New York City, and his exploits as a WWI fighter pilot, which ended tragically in a mysterious crash in 1918. Beyond Hobey’s adventures on the ice and in the air, this podcast also re-contextualizes the hockey legend through the lens of his lesser known struggles as a queer man in the early 20th century.

    Listen to the three-part series wherever you get your podcasts June 12th.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 2 min
    THROUGH THE FLAMES: REGGIE'S CHURCH

    THROUGH THE FLAMES: REGGIE'S CHURCH

    NFL Films producer Courtland Bragg investigates the mysterious 1996 burning of Reggie White’s church in Knoxville, Tennessee, and in the process, shines a light on the greater legacy of the NFL Hall of Famer. In the midst of a rash of mid-1990s church burnings across the United States, White’s Inner City Church boasts a growing interracial congregation, and after the building is firebombed and reduced to ashes, White believes the attack is the work of racists. The NFL legend and pastor uses his platform to maintain public pressure on the investigation, even as the sensitive nature of the crime causes government officials to tread carefully. As the story unfolds, questions are raised about the church’s financial status, along with the possibility of arson. The podcast brings the story to life through the voices of those involved with the church and the investigation – and in the process, draws a powerful parallel between these ugly incidents and the deeper challenges the nation still faces.
    30 for 30 Podcasts and Andscape present Through the Flames: Reggie's Church.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 53 min
    Through the Flames: Reggie's Church

    Through the Flames: Reggie's Church

    NFL Films producer Courtland Bragg investigates the mysterious 1996 burning of Reggie White’s church in Knoxville, Tennessee, and in the process, shines a light on the greater legacy of the NFL Hall of Famer. In the midst of a rash of mid-1990s church burnings across the United States, White’s Inner City Church boasts a growing interracial congregation, and after the building is firebombed and reduced to ashes, White believes the attack is the work of racists. The podcast brings the story to life through the voices of those involved with the church and the investigation – and in the process, draws a powerful parallel between these ugly incidents and the deeper challenges the nation still faces.
    30 for 30 Podcasts and Andscape present Through the Flames: Reggie's Church. Available February 20th.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 min
    THE BAG GAME Episode 1: The Making of Billy Preston

    THE BAG GAME Episode 1: The Making of Billy Preston

    To unravel how a top college recruit’s NBA dreams ran into a sprawling federal investigation, reporter Paula Lavigne explores his early years. Billy Preston and his mom struggle to get by in L.A. An active kid, Billy finds basketball through his mom’s partner, a high school coach and former professional player. Billy’s star rises in youth leagues. He generates buzz as an NBA prospect. Top colleges vie for his talents, and his family pulls out all the stops to support his goals.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 36 min
    THE BAG GAME Episode 2: Nichole and the Bag Man

    THE BAG GAME Episode 2: Nichole and the Bag Man

    Billy’s mom Nichole lets her son focus on improving his game. Meanwhile she fields all the onlookers who want Billy on their team. To play for a top college, Billy couldn’t accept any money or he’d ruin his eligibility. Yet offers to circumvent that abound: aka, the bag game. In the college recruitment dance, Billy gets his top pick and Nicole makes a connection that promises to secure the family’s finances. But Billy’s dream is short-lived. And Nicole’s dealings later get federal investigators’ attention.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 51 min
    THE BAG GAME Episode 3: The Sting

    THE BAG GAME Episode 3: The Sting

    The NCAA’s amateurism rules kept schools from paying players like Billy, so money wouldn't sway their college decision. But Paula learns how the youth teams delivering top recruits could serve as a go-between, where influence could be peddled. We hear one youth coach in Florida court much-needed funding from big-time shoe companies, only to land in hot water for what he promises in return. He didn’t know he was being recorded. The bag game unravels, as the feds’ secret investigation comes to light.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
9.3K Ratings

9.3K Ratings

RIR36 ,

The Greatest Baseball Player You’ve Never Heard Of….

If you’re looking for a podcast that will take you on a journey through hidden American sports history, extraordinary talent, and personal stories, then look no further than Reclaimed: The Forgotten League. The podcast is hosted by Vanessa Ivy Rose, who has an energetic voice and a genuine and empathetic approach to storytelling. She also happens to be the granddaughter of Negro Leagues star Turkey Stearnes.

The podcast covers a range of topics, including the segregation and integration of professional baseball and its impact in Black players. It also highlights the equity gaps that still exist today in MLB and the opportunity that remains to rewrite history.

In episode 5 titled “The Hall” the podcast explores how baseball institutions still fail to recognize the Negro Leaguers, and notes the fact that leadership needed to change in the past for change to happen in the future. The episode is both informative and emotional, and it’s a great example of the kind of storytelling that Reclaimed is known for.

Overall, if you’re looking for a podcast that invites you think deeply about the history around you, learn about the overlooked greats of America’s favorite pastime, and touch on personal family stories, then Reclaimed: The Forgotten League is definitely worth the listen!

2021UK ,

Once great content…..

Your once great brand / stories is no longer. Please do better.

Lilt949 ,

30 for 30 podcasts

30 for 30 podcasts are all about race in sports. It’s not about the love of the game that millions of us have, but it has to be about the divide. Truly sad and no longer worth listening to.

Top Podcasts In Sports

Pardon My Take
Barstool Sports
The Bill Simmons Podcast
The Ringer
New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce
Wave Sports + Entertainment
The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz
Dan Le Batard, Stugotz
Club Shay Shay
iHeartPodcasts and The Volume
No Laying Up - Golf Podcast
NoLayingUp.com

You Might Also Like

ESPN Daily
ESPN
Revisionist History
Pushkin Industries
PTI
ESPN, Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon
Sports Explains the World
Wondery | Meadowlark
Against the Rules with Michael Lewis: The Trial of Sam Bankman-Fried
Pushkin Industries
Slow Burn
Slate Podcasts

More by ESPN

The Lowe Post
ESPN, Zach Lowe
First Take
ESPN, Stephen A. Smith, Molly Qerim Rose
Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective
ESPN, NBA, Brian Windhorst
The Right Time with Bomani Jones
Wave Sports + Entertainment
PTI
ESPN, Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon
ESPN FC
ESPN