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A Sportswriter's Life: From the Desk of a New York Times Reporter (Sports and American Culture)

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In 1959, Gerald Eskenazi dropped out of City College, not for the first time, and made his way to the New York Times. That day the paper had two openingsandmdash;one in news and one in sports. Eskenazi was offered either for thirty-eight dollars a week. He chose sports based on his image of the sports department as a cozier place than the news department. Forty-one years and more than eighty-four hundred stories later, New Yorkers know he made the right decision.

When Eskenazi started reporting, sports journalism had a different look than it does today. There was a camaraderie between the reporters and the players due in part to the reportersandrsquo; deference to these famous figures. Unlike today, journalists stayed out of the locker rooms, and didnandrsquo;t ask questions about the playersandrsquo; home lives or their feelings about matters other than the sports that they played. In A Sportswriterandrsquo;s Life, Eskenazi details how much sports and America have changed since then. His anecdotes regarding famous and infamous sports figures from baseball great Joe DiMaggio to boxer Mike Tyson illustrate the transformation that American culture and journalism have undergone in the past fifty years.

Eskenazi gives a behind-the-scenes look into the journalistic techniques that go into crafting a story, as well as the pitfalls reporters fall into. There are cautionary tales of journalistic excess, as well as moments of triumph such as the time Eskenazi got Joe Namath to open up to him by admitting he was a sportswriter who knew nothing about football. Along the way, Eskenazi discusses interviewing other reluctant subjects and writing under the intense pressure of a deadline.

A Sportswriterandrsquo;s Life is a revealing look at the people and events that were part of the history of sports from a perspective usually unavailable to the public. Eskenaziandrsquo;s inside stories of sports are not always flattering, but they are always amusing, touching, and revealing. This entertaining volume will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in reporting, sports, or just a good story.

About the Author

Gerald Eskenazi has written sports for the New York Times for almost half a century. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Gang Green: An Irreverent Look Behind the Scenes at Thirty-Eight (Well, Thirty-Seven) Seasons of New York Jets Football Futility and The Lip: A Biography of Leo Durocher.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826219589
Author:
Eskenazi, Gerald
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Edition Description:
2
Series:
SPORTS and AMERICAN CULTURE
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 illustrations
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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