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Men in Sports : Great Sport Stories of All Time, from the Greek Olympic Games to the American World Series - Brandt Aymar

Men in Sports

Great Sport Stories of All Time, from the Greek Olympic Games to the American World Series

By: Brandt Aymar (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th May 1995
ISBN: 9780517883952
Number Of Pages: 512

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A monumental anthology covering the literature of sports, from the funeral games of Homer to the American World Series today, Men in Sports includes Mary Renault's telling of an exciting day at the Olympic Games of 520 B.C., Stirling Moss's thousand-mile auto race, Ring Lardner's Horseshoes, James Dickey's harrowing account of canoes capsizing in the rapids, George Plimpton's The Five-Play Quarterback, Pele at soccer, Colin Fletcher's wilderness walking, Norman Mailer's coverage of the Paterson-Liston fight, Sydney Franklin's decision to become a bull-fighter, Dick Francis's horse-racing story The Day of the Losers, the climax of Trevanian's mountain-climbing classic Descent from the Eiger, John McPhee's tennis coverage of Arthur Ashe vs. Clark Graebner at Forest Hills, and Alan Sillitoe's The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner.

There are unusual selections featuring many other sports, including archery, ballooning, bicycling, billiards, boating, fishing, golf, hockey, hunting, jai alai, polo, rowing, scuba diving, skiing, surf-riding, swimming, track, wrestling, and yachting. Men in Sports is an omnibus anthology offering hours of fascinating, exciting reading for sports enthusiasts of all ages.

Industry Reviews

"The sporting life in all its myriad glories can be found in this exhilarating, one-of-a-kind collection. Mr. Aymar has covered the field of challenge and competition as no one has ever done before."

-- Donald Honig, author of Baseball: The Illustrated History of America's Game

Introductionp. 1
Ancient Games
Olympic Funeral Games (Homer/The Iliad)p. 11
Attending the 64th Olympic Games: 520 B.C. (Mary Renault/The Praise Singer)p. 20
The Chariot Race (Lew Wallace/Ben-Hur)p. 30
Archery
A Contest in Archery (A. Conan Doyle/The White Company)p. 37
Auto Racing
The Thousand-Mile Auto Race (Mille Miglia 1955) (Stirling Moss/My Greatest Race)p. 43
Ballooning
Caught in a Tempest (Jules Verne/Five Weeks in a Balloon)p. 49
Baseball
The Redheaded Outfield (Zane Grey/On the Diamond)p. 55
Horseshoes (Ring Lardner/The Best Short Stories of Ring Lardner)p. 66
The Magnificent Moment: The Called-Shot Home Run (Robert W. Creamer/Babe--The Legend Come to Life)p. 84
Mystic Baseball: A New Age Look (Michael D'Antonio/Heaven on Earth)p. 92
Basketball
Winning and Losing (Bob Cousy with John Devaney/Killer Instinct)p. 101
Bicycling
My Greatest Race (Marshall W. "Major" Taylor/The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World)p. 105
Billiards
Three Cushions (Dan McGoorty as told to Robert Byrne/McGoorty: A Billiard Hustler's Life)p. 113
Boating
Moonlight Cruising (Brandt Aymar/Cruising Is Fun)p. 121
Boxing
A Piece of Steak (Jack London/Saturday Evening Post)p. 129
Bomaye (Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham/The Greatest: My Own Story)p. 143
The Patterson--Liston Fight (Norman Mailer/The Presidential Papers)p. 164
Bullfighting
A Bullfighter from Brooklyn (Sidney Franklin/A Bullfighter from Brooklyn)p. 177
Canoeing
Capsizing in the Rapids (James Dickey/Deliverance)p. 187
Cricket
The Cricket Match (Richard Stilgoe/The Richard Stilgoe Letters)p. 197
Fishing
The Salmon (Izaak Walton/The Compleat Angler)p. 207
Once on a Sunday (Philip Wylie/The Best of Crunch and Des)p. 212
Football
How the Great Football Game Was Played (Richard Harding Davis/The Journal)p. 225
The Five-Play Quarterback (George Plimpton/Paper Lion)p. 232
The Pro-Football Game (Peter Gent/North Dallas Forty)p. 240
Golf
The Awakening of Rollo Podmarsh (P.G. Wodehouse/The Golf Omnibus)p. 253
Hockey
The Goalie (Ken Dryden/The Game)p. 267
Horseracing
The Day of the Losers (Dick Francis/At the Track)p. 275
Hunting
The Moose (Theodore Roosevelt/The Wilderness Hunter)p. 285
Lynx-Hunting (Stephen Crane/The Complete Short Stories of Stephen Crane)p. 291
Jai Alai
The Monarch's Last Tanto (Robert Sylvester/Esquire)p. 297
Jousting
The Tournament (Sir Walter Scott/vanhoe)p. 307
Karate
Legends of Karate (George E. Mattson/The Way of Karate)p. 317
Mountain Climbing
Descent from the Eiger (Trevanian/The Eiger Sanction)p. 325
Polo
The Maltese Cat (Rudyard Kipling/A Story)p. 341
Rowing
The Yale-Harvard Boat Race (Stephen Kiesling/The Shell Game)p. 355
Scuba Diving
The Neophyte Diver (James Jones/Go to the Widow-Maker)p. 367
Skiing
Toni Sailer: Gold in the Snow (Maury Allen/The Record Breakers)p. 377
Soccer
Pele (Pele with Robert L. Fish/Pele: My Life and the Beautiful Game)p. 385
Surf-Riding
The Waves at Waikiki (Jack London/The Cruise of the Snark)p. 395
Swimming
The Swimmer (John Cheever/The Stories of John Cheever)p. 403
Swimming the English Channel (Diana Nyad/Other Shores)p. 412
Tennis
The First Golden Age (Richard Schickel/The World of Tennis)p. 423
Arthur Ashe vs. Clark Graebner at Forest Hills (John McPhee/Levels of the Game)p. 434
Track
The Front Runner (Patricia Nell Warren/The Front Runner)p. 443
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (Alan Sillitoe/The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner)p. 450
Wilderness Walking
Beyond the Divide (Colin Fletcher/The Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher)p. 461
Wrestling
My American Tour: Casey Berger, the Texas Champ (Sir Atholl Oakeley/Blue Blood on my Mat)p. 479
Yacht Racing
Transatlantic Race (Carleton Mitchell/Passage East)p. 487
Acknowledgmentsp. 497
Table of Contents provided by Syndetics. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780517883952
ISBN-10: 0517883953
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 19th May 1995
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 15.09  x 3.15
Weight (kg): 0.68

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