Beyond the Game by Gary Smith
The Collected Sportswriting of Gary Smith

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In Beyond the Game, Gary Smith has selected his greatest stories to appear together for the first time. There is "Damned Yankee," the heartbreaking story of John Malangone, a man who seemed destined to succeed Yogi Berra as the Yankees' starting catcher -- until his career was destroyed by the crushing weight of a childhood trauma that haunted him. "Someone to Lean On" is the inspiring story of an extraordinary retarded man named Radio and the South Carolina high school football team that has adopted him for over thirty years. The award-winning "Crime and Punishment" explores the controversy surrounding Richie Parker, a high school basketball star in New York whose conviction for a sex offense derails his dreams and sets off an explosive chain reaction that follows him everywhere he seeks redemption. Beyond the Game is not just a collection of great sportswriting. It is a collection of great writing, period. Each of Smith's stories -- of dreams and fears, failure and triumph, self-destruction and salvation -- will profoundly touch you and remain with you long after you have closed the pages of the book.

About Gary Smith

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Smith is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated.
Published October 30, 2000 by Atlantic Monthly Pr. 320 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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""I've always had the feeling that the most compelling and significant story was the one occurring beyond the game before it, after it, above it, or under it, deep in the furnace of the psyche."" It is precisely this instinct to go beyond to find the humanity and grace, will power and fear within...

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B+ Originally posted Dec 08, 2000 Published in issue #572 Dec 08, 2000 Order article reprints

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