From Publishers Weekly
Sportswriting is a broad field, as evidenced by this frequently excellent collection of 25 newspaper and magazine pieces. While baseball and basketball are well-represented, especially by Leigh Montville's portrait of regular guy Nolan Ryan and David Halberstam's resonant essay on Michael Jordan's fame, there is nothing about football, golf or tennis. But there are Thomas Mallon's intimate depiction of the rituals of rodeo, Paul Solotaroff's harrowing account of the rise and fall of a steroid-pumping bodybuilder and Michael Disend's tale of an immensely quotable handball king from Brooklyn. Most memorable are articles about how sport intersects with society, such as Gary Smith's stunning story of gifted Indian basketballers in Montana who are often doomed by drink, and John Marchese's yarn about a con man who picked up numerous women by impersonating various not-so-famous pro athletes. McGuane ( An Outside Chance ) offers a thoughtful introduction, suggesting that the best sportswriting "springs from avidity." Stout is a sports journalist.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This third edition of a popular anthology continues in its tradition of excellent writing and story selection. Included are a touching piece on Tommy Lasorda and the death of Lasorda's gay son; a frank feature on skater Tonya Harding and her stormy background; and a moving memoir by the legendary baseball writer Roger Angell. Guest editor Deford also includes pieces on such topics as bear hunting, mountain climbing, and fishing. Two of the most entertaining entries revolve around baseball. The first profiles manager Whitey Herzog; the second is a definitive piece on minor league baseball by humorist Dave Barry. Certainly, this volume has topics appealing to all readers. The one drawback is Deford's bland commentary on each piece. Highly recommended for sports collections.- Jeffrey Gay, Bridgewater P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.