The Best American Sports Writing of the Century by David Halberstam

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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.
 

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David Halberstam is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and David Halberstam is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the bestselling author of The Powers That Be, The Best And tthe bestselling author of The Powers That Be, The Best And the Brightest, and Summer of 49. he Brightest, and Summer of 49. 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.  
 
Published May 27, 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 816 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Pub Date: Nov. 16th, 1972 ISBN: 0449908704 Page count: ...

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Anthologized as well are evocative articles by Roger Angell (a literate wrap-up of the 1990 baseball season), Frank Conroy (pool), Jeff Coplon (an unsparing retrospective on Earl Strom's five-decade career as an NBA ref), and the late Shelby Strother (the sad fate of an illiterate black basketbal...

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Because all the prominent sports figures are not covered—and, unfortunately, none of the 59 articles has a female athlete as its main subject—this anthology fails as a definitive study of sports in the 20th century.

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This fine collection of sportswriting honors the genre's ability to create word pictures not only of athletes and their achievements but also of their individual era.

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The articles in this superb book delve more deeply into the social and political settings of sports and the complexities of personalities involved in them than is the norm on the TV-influenced sports pages of today.

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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 di...

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When I began taking writing classes, especially sports writing classes, one of the first required books for the class I bought was The Best American Sports Writing of the Century.

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For a huddle full of reporters, there are few assignments as liberating as covering sporting events and the often larger-than-life figures who people them.

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