Synopses & Reviews
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian selects the 50 best pieces of sports writing of the century, capturing the great moments in baseball, boxing, horse racing, golf, and tennis.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Halberstam selects the fifty best pieces of sports writing of this century. The Best American Sports Writing of the Century showcases the best sports journalists of the twentieth century, from Jimmy Cannon, Red Smith, William Mack, Gary Smith, and Frank Deford to A. J. Liebling, Tom Wolfe, and Hunter S. Thompson, and includes such classics as "What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?" by Richard Ben Cramer, "Louis Knocks Out Schmeling" by Bob Considine, and "The Rocky Road of Pistol Pete" by W. C. Heinz. This outstanding collection captures not only the century's greatest moments in baseball, boxing, horseracing, golf, and tennis, but some of the finest writing of our time. Guest editor David Halberstam is the author of The Reckoning, The Summer of Forty-Nine, The Breaks of the Game, and, most recently, The Children. Series editor Glenn Stout has written biographies of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Jackie Robinson.
About the Author
GLENN STOUT is the author of Young Woman and the Sea, Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, The Dodgers,
and The Cubs.
He has been the editor of The Best American Sports Writing
since its inception.
Table of Contents
The silent season of a hero / Gay Talese -- The last American hero / Tom Wolfe -- What do you think of Ted Williams now? / Richard Ben Cramer -- The day Bobby blew it / Brad Darrach -- Sport for art's sake / Heywood Broun -- The Olympic army / Westbrook Pegler -- Louis knocks out Schmeling / Bob Considine -- Game called / Grandland Rice -- All the way to the grave / Frank Graham -- Next to godliness ; Miracle of Coogan's Bluff ; Jim and his baubles ; The Baby was always a boy-- one of a kind ; And all Dizzy's yesterdays / Red Smith -- One strike is out / Stanley Woodward -- Sal Maglie--a gracious man / Murray Kempton -- Obit on the Dodgers / Dick Young -- If you're expecting one-liners / Jim Murray -- Oh, no! Not another boring interview with Steve Carlton / Diane K. Shah -- The LaMotta nuptials / Ira Berkow -- "A very solid book" / Mike Royko -- Eckie / Ring Lardner -- Lethal lightning / Jimmy Cannon -- Brownsville bum / W.C. Heinz -- Mr. Rickey and the game / Gerald Holland -- The rocky road of Pistol Pete ; The ghost of the gridiron / W.C. Heinz -- Lone wolf of tennis / Dick Schaap -- "The Haig": rowdy rebel of the fairways / John Lardner -- Racing's angriest young man / Jimmy Breslin -- Hub fans bid kid adieu / John Updike -- The fight to live / Al Stump -- A rough time on the road / Stan Fischler -- The longest silence / Thomas McGuane -- The Kentucky Derby is decadent and depraved / Hunter S. Thompson -- Centre court / John McPhee -- Butkus / Arthur Kretchmer -- Gone for good / Roger Angell -- There was only one Casey / Wells Twombley -- Pain ; No mâas / Tom Boswell -- Medora goes to the game / George Plimpton -- The rabbit hunter ; The boxer and the blonde / Frank Deford -- The September song of Mr. October / David Remnick -- A brother's keeper / Mike Lupica -- Pure heart / William Nack -- The making of a goon / Johnette Howard -- The power and the glory / Paul Solotaroff -- Tangled up in blue / Peter Richmond -- The chosen one / Gary Smith -- Into thin air / Jon Krakauer -- Resurrecting the champ / J.R. Moehringer -- The champ and the chump / Murray Kempton -- Muhammad Ali then and now / Dick Schaap -- Ego / Norman Mailer -- Weird site for a fight / Jim Murray -- "Lawdy, lawdy, he's great" / Mark Kram -- My dinner with Ali / Davis Miller.