By Red Smith
Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith was once the main greatly learn sportswriter of the final century and the 1st to win the Pulitzer Prize for statement. From the Forties to the Eighties, his nationally syndicated columns for the New York bring in Tribune and later for The manhattan Times traversed the area of activities with literary panache and wry humor. “I’ve regularly had the notion,” Smith as soon as acknowledged, “that humans visit spectator activities to have a good time after which they seize the paper to examine it and feature enjoyable again.” Now, author and editor Daniel Okrent offers the simplest of Smith’s inimitable columns—miniature masterpieces that set the most useful for sportswriting.
Spanning approximately fifty years and accumulating many hard-to-find items, American Pastimes comprises indelible profiles of activities luminaries, which exhibit Smith’s reward for distilling a career’s essence right into a few hundred phrases. Unforgettable money owed of ancient occasions—Bobby Thomson’s Shot Heard ’Round the area, Don Larsen’s excellent online game within the 1956 global sequence, the 1st Ali–Frazier struggle, the loss of life of Seabiscuit—are joined through extra offbeat tales that reveal Smith’s unmistakable wit, intelligence, and breadth of feeling. right here, too, are extra own glimpses into Smith’s existence and paintings, printed in items on his lifelong ardour for fishing and in “My Press-Box Memoirs,” a 1975 memory for Esquire accrued the following for the 1st time.
Daniel Okrent, quantity editor, is the writer of numerous books, together with the baseball vintage Nine Innings and, such a lot lately, Last name: the increase and Fall of Prohibition, which gained the Albert J. Beveridge prize, offered by means of the yankee old organization to the year’s most sensible publication in American heritage. He has coedited The final Baseball Book and Baseball Anecdotes and is the author of Rotisserie League Baseball and of the WHIP statistic (walks + hits / innings pitched).
The quantity comprises an afterword via crimson Smith’s son Terence Smith, an award-winning journalist and editor who has labored for The manhattan Times, CBS information, nationwide Public Radio, and PBS NewsHour.
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