20 episodes

Sport but not as you know it. Forget the champions. This is about underdogs, myths, drama. Global stories you’ll wish you’d known about and now probably won’t forget. There are other podcasts about gold medals and millionaire superstars. This about courage, rule breakers and the unexpected. Tales from around the world, all told in mini-seasons and one-off episodes. #AmazingSportStories

Amazing Sport Stories BBC Podcasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 36 Ratings

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Sport but not as you know it. Forget the champions. This is about underdogs, myths, drama. Global stories you’ll wish you’d known about and now probably won’t forget. There are other podcasts about gold medals and millionaire superstars. This about courage, rule breakers and the unexpected. Tales from around the world, all told in mini-seasons and one-off episodes. #AmazingSportStories

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Black 14: Ep 4

    The Black 14: Ep 4

    There had been no apology. The “Black 14” moved on. Decades later, was that about to change? The American footballers had tried to take a stand against racism but they can’t forget what happened that day in 1969, back in Laramie, Wyoming. It has affected the entire course of their lives. Then, one of them receives a phone call.
    This four-part season includes interviews with eight of the Black 14: Guillermo Hysaw, Ted Williams, Ron Hill, John Griffin, Tony McGee, Joe Williams, Mel Hamilton, and Lionel Grimes.

    • 35 min
    The Black 14: Ep 3

    The Black 14: Ep 3

    Kicked off the Wyoming Cowboys, the “Black 14” watch the next game from the stands. Then, they turn to the courts to try to seek justice. It is October 1969 and word of their dismissal, for wanting to stage a protest against racism, has spread around the university campus. Their story is about to go national. The next match is against Brigham Young University, but they cannot play.

    This four-part season includes interviews with eight of the Black 14: Guillermo Hysaw, Ted Williams, Ron Hill, John Griffin, Tony McGee, Joe Williams, Mel Hamilton, and Lionel Grimes.
    Warning: this episode contains the use of racist language.

    • 38 min
    The Black 14: Ep 2

    The Black 14: Ep 2

    After facing racism on the field, “the Black 14” American footballers have made a decision. They’re going to ask the Cowboys’ head coach, Lloyd Eaton, if they can wear black armbands to protest at their next game against the Mormon-run Brigham Young University (BYU). They don’t expect convincing him will be easy. But they’re totally unprepared for his reaction, which will rock their lives forever.
    This four-part season includes interviews with eight of the Black 14: Guillermo Hysaw, Ted Williams, Ron Hill, John Griffin, Tony McGee, Joe Williams, Mel Hamilton, and Lionel Grimes.
    Content warning: This episode contains lived experiences which involve the use of strong racist language.

    • 29 min
    The Black 14: Ep 1

    The Black 14: Ep 1

    Sport, racism and protests are about to change the lives of “the Black 14” American footballers. It’s 1969 in the United States. They’ve arrived on scholarships at the University of Wyoming to play for its Cowboys American football team. It was a predominantly white college. The team is treated like a second religion. Then, the players make a decision to take a stand against racism in a game against another university.
    This four-part season includes interviews with eight of the Black 14: Guillermo Hysaw, Ted Williams, Ron Hill, John Griffin, Tony McGee, Joe Williams, Mel Hamilton, and Lionel Grimes.
    Content warning: This episode contains lived experiences which involve the use of strong racist language.
    Podcast artwork: D8
    Promotional artwork: Photography by Stephanie Wolf. Mural by Adrienne Vetter for the Laramie Mural Project.
    Audio for this episode was updated on 2 February 2024.

    • 32 min
    Trailer: The Black 14

    Trailer: The Black 14

    In 1969 Wyoming, racism is rife and 14 young black American footballers decide to take a stand. But the repercussions will change their lives forever. BA Parker takes us back to America’s turbulent 1960s to explore the injustice suffered by the “Black 14”.
    The four-part season is coming soon.

    • 2 min
    The unfriendly friendly

    The unfriendly friendly

    It’s 1998 and Iran have just played the USA in one of the most eagerly awaited matches of the World Cup in France. Now on the eve of the final, in a building on the Champs-Elysees, two acquaintances – one Iranian, one American – are hatching a plan. They’re hoping to change geopolitics, through football. This is the story how their idea for a simple friendly match would lead to death threats, an FBI decoy and the closure of American airspace.
    Audio scenes have been re-created. Let us know what you think #AmazingSportStories

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

CMTM1300 ,

Grateful

This story was so informative and engaging. As a white American woman in my 40s, I’ve never heard this story before. I’m so grateful to yall for bringing light to this story. Interrupting racism in America requires us to learn from the past.

Jesinger ,

Old bate and switch

Get to listen to two episodes and then put it behind a paywall. It’s so old and ruining podcasting. Time for a new forum, corporations killing another great thing

WalesSoccer ,

Trying too hard

Presenters for each story are not the best. Over the top in trying to hook the listeners in.

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