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Born in Brooklyn, Schaap was a smart kid with an outsized love for the Dodgers. By the age of 15 he was a sports reporter for the Nassau Daily Review-Star, where he worked under 20-year-old Jimmy Breslin, who became a lifelong friend. From there Schaap moved on to Cornell University and then to Newsweek, where he learned to write "short and tight. The end of the world? Give me eight hundred words. The end of the World Series. Maybe five hundred." With more than 50 years in journalism, over 30 books to his name, and five Emmys, there's no debating that Schaap is a storyteller extraordinaire. Page after page of Flashing Before My Eyes rolls by as you snort and chortle at Schaap's stories (and sometimes Schaap himself; he doesn't spare the pen), but then he slides in a moment that makes you tear up. Mitch Albom, who wrote the introduction, says of Schaap, "His cross-referencing would put Microsoft Access to shame. You can say to Dick, 'Pass the ketchup,' and he will reply, 'Did I ever tell you about Bobby 'Catch-Up' Johnson, the one-legged soccer player I met in Belgium?'" Schaap on sports, Schaap on comedy, Schaap on politics--these we've enjoyed for years. Now relish Schaap on Schaap. --Dana Van Nest
Few sportswriters led a more interesting life than Dick Schaap. His was a Forrest Gump type of existence -- they guy witnessed every notable moment in sports over the past four... Read morePublished on March 24, 2005 by Sports Fanatic
After a half century of listening and telling, Dick Schaap finally tells his own story in this long overdue memoir of a legendary journalist. Read morePublished on December 1, 2003 by Rick Stoner
Dick Schaap was a Guy who knew His Sports&also knew how to bring Sports&the Real World together as one. Read morePublished on May 7, 2002 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
Admittedly I do not know all of Mr. Schaap's long career. I am most familiar with him through Sports Reporters and a couple of his more recent books. Read morePublished on July 7, 2001
Beautiful writing. I laughed and smiled and laughed. I've met Dick and he is clearly visible through his words. Reading this book was a great turn on! Charming!Published on May 10, 2001 by Victoria Mericle
In the 1970's Dick Schaap was asked to write an article about the ten most over-rated people in New York City. He could have included himself and had room for, maybe, one other. Read morePublished on April 14, 2001 by D. Vernier
Sure the book is a little, or maybe more than a little, self-centered. But Schaap's story telling abilities are unsurpassed. This book is a very entertaining read.Published on March 27, 2001