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George Plimpton on Sports Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2005

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"Plimpton, the professional amateur, the dashing public hero, is first and best a writer." - The New Yorker"

"If the front door is closed, there is always another way inside.That’s still worth learning, and Plimpton is still a marvelous coach."--Sports Illustrated


"Plimpton, the professional amateur, the dashing public hero, is first and best a writer."--The New Yorker

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George Plimpton on Sports collects the best writing - the most observant, the most acerbic, and the most humane - from George Plimpton's amazing career as the consummate and prototypical participatory sports journalist. Always an acute observer and sardonic humorist, Plimpton pokes gentle fun at himself and those foibles of society showcased so dramatically in sport, while at the same time demonstrating what is most noble and admirable in the pursuit of dreams, even when those dreams remain clearly and ineluctably out of reach. In each of the chapters of this volume, Plimpton, with quiet charm, shows us that it’s truly not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.
Included are excerpts from several of his book-length works, as well as articles that have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Harper's, The New York Times, Esquire, Tennis Week, and other newspapers, magazines, and sporting journals. This volume is a clear testimony to Plimpton's incredible range of interests, his lifelong passion for sport, and his pursuit of the quiet moments within the tumult of modern sports – and life.

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  • Series: On
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592286437
  • ASIN: B001QCX9MC
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,902,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got my title for this review from reading in his book. One story in particular jumps out. It is about a letter to the NY Times written by an enraged Red Socks fan. Plimpton, like many who went to university in Boston was a Red Socks fan. But because of his NY city fame he was invited to be in a Yankees World Series win celebration parade - sitting in an open red MG. He wrote an article about that experience in the NY Times the next day. The Red Socks fan on learning that George Plimpton had been in the parade wrote quite seriously to the Times "We're not going to let Mr. Plimpton in our parade when the Red Socks win next year". I found that very very funny as I am sure Plimpton did. Of course, now the SOX have actually broken the curse, but after Plimpton's death.

George Plimpton was born in New York on March 18, 1927 and died in September 25 2003. His father was a successful lawyer and the American ambassador to the United Nations. According to the New York Times his grandfather George A. Plimpton, had been a publisher and the family traced its roots to the Mayflower. He was the quintessential and urbane New Yorker from a background of privilege attending Exeter Academy and Harvard. But with a lot of ingenuity, creativity, and humor he made his own mark in the world.

I never met the man myself and I am about 20 years younger. When I was going to college in Boston in the 1960's he was near his peak in popularity and in the midst of making his mark. He was always and interesting read and it is hard to comprehend that he is gone.

So it was with some sadness that I bought and read the present book published last year. I bought the book as a gift to myself so to speak. It is just a beautiful collection of selected short stories and articles on sports. The fact that he is gone and has left this behind reminds us all of our limitations in life. It is a wonderful and humorous book like most of his writings, and from time to time uncontrollably so.
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