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Once they heard the cheers Hardcover – 1979


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 489 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385126093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385126090
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By stoic VINE VOICE on March 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I saw W.C. Heinz's obituary in the New York Times in February 2008. Up until that point, I had never heard of Heinz. I was happy to find Once They Heard the Cheers while combing the shelves of a used bookstore in New Orleans' French Quarter. I believe that sports fans will enjoy reading Heinz's Once.

During the mid-1970s, Heinz set out to reconnect with some of the athletes he had covered as a sports reporter in the 1940s and 1950s. Heinz wanted to learn what had become of those athletes after their playing days were over. The result is Once They Heard the Cheers.

There are many great aspects of Once. One of the best is Heinz's skill as a writer. In almost 500 pages, Heinz keeps the reader engaged. Heinz adopts the "New Journalism" style of placing himself in the story as he tracks down and interviews each of his subjects. He follows the old advice "Show, don't tell"; that is, he avoids "preaching" and allows each of his interviewees to reveal himself through his words. I particularly enjoyed learning about many athletes with whom I was unfamiliar; the melancholy portraits of Brooklyn Dodger Joe Page and boxer Beau Jack will stick with me.

Once might not be for everyone. Of the 19 profiles in the book, 13 of them focus on boxers; those who are not interested in reading about boxing might want to look for another book. Also, Once opens with a 40-page section detailing Heinz's experiences as a war correspondent during World War II; the section is good and I believe that Heinz means to tell his readers how he came to work as a sports reporter after the War. I thought that this section was overly long and that it did not "mesh" well with the rest of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dale W. Hall on February 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great followup stories of exceptional athletes in their later lives.
They are like personal friends to me now. Even readers who don't follow sports will enjoy these stories.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen M. Carroll on May 4, 2014
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Satified with my order. A book for my Dad. One he was looking for. Thank you.
He knows some of the people in the book.
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