American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith (Library of by Red Smith,Daniel Okrent

By Red Smith,Daniel Okrent

Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith used to be the main greatly learn sportswriter of the final century and the 1st to win the Pulitzer Prize for remark. From the Nineteen Forties to the Eighties, his nationally syndicated columns for the New York usher in Tribune and later for The long island Times traversed the realm of activities with literary panache and wry humor. “I’ve consistently had the notion,” Smith as soon as acknowledged, “that humans visit spectator activities to rejoice after which they seize the paper to examine it and feature enjoyable again.” Now, author and editor (and inventor of Rotisserie League Baseball) Daniel Okrent offers the simplest of Smith’s inimitable columns—miniature masterpieces that stay the most appropriate in sportswriting.

Here are Smith’s indelible profiles of activities luminaries, which express his present for distilling a career’s essence in one column. Unforgettable debts of historical occasions—Bobby Thompson’s Shot Heard ’Round the realm, Don Larsen’s ideal video game within the 1956 international sequence, the 1st Ali-Frazier fight—are joined through extra offbeat tales that demonstrate Smith’s unmistakable wit, intelligence, and breadth of feeling. the following, too, are extra own glimpses into Smith’s existence and paintings, printed in tales approximately his lifelong ardour for fishing and in “My Press-Box Memoirs,” a 1975 memory for Esquire amassed the following for the 1st time.

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