Norton Book of Sports

ISBN-10: 0393030407
ISBN-13: 9780393030402
Edition: N/A
Authors: George Plimpton
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/17/1992
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 500
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

When it comes to popularity, American enthusiasm for sports is right up there with mom and apple pie. From this long love affair with the games of men and boys--and, increasingly, women--has sprung a vast literature that moves across fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Now Plimpton has compiled an incredible collection of the best sports writing ever.

George Ames Plimpton was born March 18, 1927. He was educated first at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and then spent four years at Harvard majoring in English and editing the Harvard Lampoon, followed by two at King's College, Cambridge. Before he left for Cambridge, he served as a tank driver in Italy for the U.S. Army from 1945 through 1948. After graduation, at 26, 27 years of age, Plimpton went with his friends to Paris. There they founded the Paris Review in 1953 and published poetry and short story writers and did interviews. In the '50s, Plimpton and staff came to New York, where they kept the Review going for half a century. The Review has published over 150 issues. Plimpton also served as a volunteer for Robert Kennedy's 1968 presidential run and was walking in front of him as the candidate was assassinated in the kitchen of a Los Angeles hotel. Plimpton was known as a "participatory journalist". In order to research his books and articles, he quarterbacked in a pre-season NFL game, pitched to several all-stars (retiring Willie Mays & Richie Ashburn) in an exhibition prior to Baseball's 1959 All-Star game, performed as a trapeze artist for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus, and fought boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson. Plimpton was alson known by the nickname the Prince of Cameos for the amount of work he did in films, playing small parts and screenwriting. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002. Within a month of the academy induction, the French made him a Chevalier, the Legion of Honor's highest rank. The Guild, an arts organization based on Long Island, gave him a lifetime achievement award. Plimpton was also a member of PEN; the Pyrotechnics Guild International; the National Football League Alumni Association; and the Mayflower Descendants Society. In 2003, Plimpton decided to write his memoirs, signing a $750,000 deal with Little, Brown and Co. Before he could finish, George Plimpton died, on September 26, 2003 of natural causes at the age of 76.

Introduction
Spring
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
"Morning Workout"
"The Longest Silence"
"Old Timers' Day"
"The Feel"
From Faster
"Boxing with the Naked Eye"
"A Fan's Notes on Earl Monroe "
"Sports Talk with a Non-Fan"
From An Exaltation of Larks
"Adventure's End"
"The Heart of a Goof"
"Why Pitchers Can't Hit"
"The Old Man and the Tee "
"A Very Solid Book"
Summer
"On the Ball"
"What Shakespeare Knew about Baseball"
From Of Time and the River
"The Thrill of the Grass"
"A Snorkeler's Tale"
"Centre Court"
"The Pro"
"Alibi Ike"
"Nineteen Big Ones"
"Up at the Hall "
"Casey Stengel's Secret"
"A Snapshot for Miss Bricka Who Lost in the Semi-Final Round of the Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Tournament at Haverford, July, 1960"
"Art Larsen"
"Prothalamion"
"Vince Lombardi"
"Hits and Runs"
"The Best-Known Figure in England"
"Game Old Merrimynn"
"Why Professor Waddems Never Broke a Hundred"
"You Could Look It Up"
"Son of Interesting Losers"
"Attitude"
Autumn
"Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio"
"Casey at the Bat"
"Casey Has Struck Out"
"The Hector Quesadilla Story"
"Mother"
"The Last American Hero"
"Pele"
"Sky Diving"
"Fred Snodgrass"
"The Crucial Role Fear Plays in Sports"
"The Loser"
"Polo Match"
"Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu"
"1951: New York Giants 5, Brooklyn Dodgers 4"
"Kaleidoscope: Personality of the Babe"
"The Babe "
From End Zone
Winter
"The Hockey Poem"
"A Large Number of Persons"
"The Fight"
"Sports"
"Death [of Paret]"
"Patrick Ewing Takes a Foul Shot"
"The Hockey Sweater"
"Guy Lafleur"
"Skiers"
"Stymie--Common Folks"
From Open Net
"Scoring"
"They Also Serve Who Only Sit and Sit and Sit"
"Skier"
"99 Reasons Why Baseball Is Better than Football"
"Classics"; "Semi-Classics"
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgments
Index

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