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Best American Sports Writing of the Century
Contributor(s): Halberstam, David (Editor), Stout, Glenn (Editor)
ISBN: 0395945143     ISBN-13: 9780395945148
Publisher: Mariner Books
    OUR PRICE: $17.10  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: June 1999
Annotation: 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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Sports stories, American.
Sports literature; United States.
BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | Reference
Dewey: 796/.0973
LCCN: 2001268588
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: The Best American
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.00" W x 2.25" (2.10 lbs) 776 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
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.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1999 April #4)
Stout, editor of the Best American Sports Writing series since its inception nine years ago, and Halberstam, author most recently of Playing for Keeps, a biography of Michael Jordan (Forecasts, Jan. 18), have compiled a strong collection that will send readers on a captivating trip through the diversity of styles and subjects that developed as sports became big business and big news. Theres the direct address of Bob Considine (Listen to this buddy, for it comes from a guy whose palms are still wet, from Louis Knocks Out Schmeling) and the unique voice of Tom Wolfe (Ggghhzzzzzzzeeeeeong! from The Last American Hero, about racecar driver Junior Johnson). Although there are pieces about mountain climbing, tennis and chess, fully half of the selections are about two sports: baseball and boxing. The book begins with a Best of the Best section led by Gay Taleses 1966 profile of Joe DiMaggio, The Silent Season of a Hero. In the next two sections (which encompass deadline articles, columns, features and longer works), the strongest pieces, following Taleses lead, are penetrating profiles of the famous and difficult (e.g., Richard Ben Cramer on Ted Williams)as well as the largely forgotten (a run-of-the-mill boxer named Bummy Davis). The final section is a special six-piece tribute to man who himself claimed to be the best of the best Muhammad Ali. (May) Copyright 1999 Publishers Weekly Reviews