Here’s a title to be filed under that rarest of genre classificationsthe dual autobiography, first published more than 20 years ago and out of print until this spring. Frank Graham Sr. was a fabled newspaper reporter in the Golden Age of Sports in the 1920s and ’30s. His son followed a similar career path, writing about athletes of the post-World War II era. This is not an anthology of previously published articles or magazines, however. Its content is much more intimatea memoir of times and places long gone, as seen through the eyes and ears of a father and son, each toiling in the same job, but with wholly different perspectives on sport. In the end, the reader learns just as much about the ups and downs of the writers’ professional lives as he does the heroes and events portrayed in the Grahams’ sports columns.”USA Today Sports Weekly
A Farewell to Heroes is an attempt to re-create an atmosphere, to set down not a history of sports during that half century or so but a kind of dual autobiography, a very selective overview, gold-tinted perhaps but as honest as my father and I could make it, of an era that now comes dimmering up out of the mists.”
Frank Graham Jr., from the Preface
About the Author
As a sportswriter, Frank Graham, Jr., has published four books and numerous articles for Sports Illustrated, Sport, The New Republic, Saturday Evening Post, and The New York Times Magazine. Turning later to an interest in natural history and conservation, he wrote eight more books, including Since Silent Spring, The Adirondacks, and Where the Place Called Morning Lies. He is currently a field editor for Audubon and, along with his wife, Ada, has written more than two dozen books for children.