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American Pastimes: the Very Best of Red Smith (The Library of America) Hardcover – May 16, 2013
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"On a cast across the brook, the fly was swept close to the concrete abutment. In the clear, swift water there was a flash of pursuit, but the attacker merely pawed with a light jab, then turned and fled like Jersey Joe Walcott. Neither insult nor bribe could tempt him back to fight like a man."
Oh, my Lord... what a blessing... the invention of words... for Red Smith... and I'm sure the almighty creator of words feels he was blessed by Red Smith!
There are over 500 pages in this book... and over 150 priceless columns from Red Smith... they are so spectacular... that they can make a sports fanatic weep... and jump for joy simultaneously... and the same can be said for a college professor of creative writing. There are two ways I can see enjoying this book...Read more ›
This book is heavy on baseball columns from Red Smith's past in addition to columns on various pertinent happenings from the 1940s through the 1970s on other sports as well.
I would strongly suggest those interested in learning to write or become a sports writer to read the various sports writers including this book by Red Smith. I'm sure you will come away with writing tips that would prove to be beneficial. Red had a unique skill in putting words together to make his point humorous and enlightening.
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I just started reading this and found "Rocky Marciano's three wars with Tony Zale." Hello! It's Graziano. Who knows what else I'll find?Published 10 months ago by Brian Schofield
Good book to pick up when ever you have a spare moment to dedicate to creative writing with a sports theme.Published 23 months ago by Robert J. Demarest
Perhaps this book would be more enjoyable if I had grown up in the 40's and or 50's. I had hoped this wouldn't have made a difference. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ernest
Sports fans now have no concept of what came before. These short stories are told by a master scribe and tell of events that everyone should know but few do. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Drduke
My dad is a sports nut. He loved this book. Many times he would be laughing out loud while reading this author, occasionally to tears!Published on December 23, 2013 by Patricia L. Young
I grew up reading Red Smith as a young boy learning and playing sports. It was wonderful to revisit that world. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by BILLY4
Watch TV highlights of old sporting events and,most of the time, if you were young when they happened, waves of nostalgia will seep into your psyche. Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by paul zisserson
Red Smith was a very adept writer. Very interesting short stories from his newspaper column collection. I even enjoyed reading about sports I'm not overly intersted in following. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer