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The John Lardner Reader : A Press Box Legend's Classic Sportswriting - John Lardner

The John Lardner Reader

A Press Box Legend's Classic Sportswriting

By: John Lardner, John Schulian (Editor, Introduction by), Dan Jenkins (Foreword by)

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Published: 1st October 2010
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"Shut down all the sportswriting classes and seminars and workshops and hand out this book instead. Lardner is all you need."---Rick Reilly, ESPN the Magazine columnist, author of Hate Maid from Cheerleaders

"Reading Lardner late at night in a comfortable chair is (as Walt Kelly once said of the man himself) to enjoy solitude in the best of company."---Pete Hamill, legendary New York columnist and author of North River

"Quite simply, the best sports columnist I have read."---Roger Kahn, author of The Boys of Summer

"John really was funny, but not like his old man. He wasn't funny like anybody else. He was funny like John Lardner, a bona fide original."---Red Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist

This collection marks the return to print of John Lardner, one of America's press box giants, a classic stylist whose wry humor and tireless reporting helped elevate sportswriting to art. The brilliant W. C. Heinz called Lardner "the best of us." This book shows why.

Lardner applied his singular touch not only to his era's icons---Joe Louis, Ted Williams, Sarchel Paige---but to the scamps, eccentrics, hustlers, and con men in the shadow of sports. Whether in snappy columns or leisurely magazine pieces, Lardner held sport of every description up to the light, forever changing the way people wrote, read, and thought about their heroes, from superstars to scrappers. These forty-nine pieces represent sportswriting at the top of its game.

John Lardner (1913-60), the son of legendary humorist Ring Lardner, was a columnist for Newsweek; a frequent and much-honored contributor to the New Yorker, True, and Sport; and the author of It Beats Working; Strong Cigars and Lovely Women; and White Hopes and Other Tigers. John Schulian's work has been included in Best American Sports Writing and Sports Illustrated's Fifty Years of Great Writing. His Twilight of the Long-ball Gods: Dispatches from the Disappearing Heart of Baseball is available in a Bison Books edition. Dan Jenkins is the author of Jenkins at the Majors: 60 Years of the World's Best Golf Writing, from Hogan to Tiger.

"Shut down all the sports-writing classes and seminars and workshops and hand out this book instead. Lardner is all you need." Rick Reilly, ESPN the Magazine columnist, author of Hate Mail from Cheerleaders "Reading Lardner late at night in a comfortable chair is (as Walt Kelly once said of the man himself) to enjoy solitude in the best of company." Pete Hamill, legendary New York columnist and author of North River" "Quite simply, the best sports columnist I have read." Roger Kahn, author of The Boys of Summer "John really was funny, but not like his old man. He wasn't funny like anybody else. He was funny like John Lardner, a bona fide original." Red Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
In a Class by Themselves
Down Great Purple Valleysp. 3
"The Haig": Rowdy Rebel of the Fairwaysp. 19
Bats and Brawls
Babe Hermanp. 39
Good-by to All Thatp. 49
Memoirs of Old Satchp. 52
Most Blood for Your Moneyp. 55
The Home of the Bean and the Kidp. 58
The World's Richest Problem Childp. 61
Hard-way Bill on the Mississippip. 64
They Walked by Nightp. 67
Baseball Eyep. 77
Passing of an Unlicensed Herop. 80
The All-American Rookiep. 83
Ball Fans and Other Primatesp. 86
Memoirs of a Mild Fanaticp. 89
Razor Blades Amokp. 92
The Space Revolutionp. 95
Cauliflower Alley
Morgan on Jawsp. 101
Bag Hits Baerp. 104
The Boy Banditp. 107
Upsy Downsyp. 110
Death of a Simian and a Scholarp. 113
The Case of the Chilly Giantp. 116
Mr. Percentagep. 119
Life with Eddiep. 122
The Sweet and the Toughp. 125
John Arthur Johnsonp. 128
Fun at the Scalesp. 131
Now Pitching for Bartlett'sp. 134
When in Doubt, Hang the Judgep. 137
No Scar, No Memoryp. 140
Cautionary Tales
The Life and Loves of the Real McCoyp. 145
Mysterious Montaguep. 161
Battling Sikip. 169
Other Precincts
The Roller Derbyp. 189
Sleeper for '44p. 197
The Old Postgraduate Tryp. 200
Rooney's Ridep. 203
An Angel on Horsebackp. 206
Little Billp. 209
Strong Cigars and Lovely Womenp. 212
What Was That Again?p. 215
Mr. Jacoby and the National Follyp. 218
The Best of the Browsersp. 221
Maybe in Memoriamp. 224
The Life of T-ts Sh-rp. 227
What Price Olympic Peace?p. 230
Two for the Money
Titanic Thompsonp. 241
The Sack of Shelbyp. 258
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ISBN: 9780803230477
ISBN-10: 0803230478
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.37