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Sunny Jim: The Life of America's Most Beloved Horseman, James Fitzsimmons [Kindle Edition]

Jimmy Breslin
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An evocative portrait of a man who lived a lifetime at the track

At seventy-seven, James “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons should have been considering retirement. His six-decade career stretched back to 1885, when, as an eleven year-old, he began working as a stable boy. After failing as a jockey, Fitzsimmons—or Mr. Fitz to those in the know—started training horses, eventually winning three Kentucky Derbys, two Triple Crowns, and more than two thousand races. But by 1951, glory seemed to be behind him. His wife’s sudden death took the light from his eyes, and retirement loomed. And then he met Nashua.
 
She was the kind of horse trainers dream of. Big, powerful, with a windpipe that could suck down enough air to keep her running for weeks. Mr. Fitz knew he had a winner. It was only a matter of time before he realized that he had also just met the most remarkable horse of his long, storied career.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jimmy Breslin including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.


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“Sportswriting as good as it could ever possibly be.” —New York Daily News
 
“Mr. Breslin’s bona fides as a newspaperman need no introduction.” —The New York Times
 
“Breslin’s touch is absolutely sure.” —The Washington Post Book World
 
“Jimmy Breslin writes truth in caricature.” —Life
 
“Breslin’s reporting is superb and so is his prose, his insights keen and often startling, his wit unceasing.” —Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Jimmy Breslin (b. 1928) is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who has, for more than fifty years, been among the most prominent columnists in the United States. Born in Queens, New York, Breslin has worked in New York City newsrooms since the 1940s. He has been a columnist since 1963, when he won national attention by covering John F. Kennedy’s assassination from the emergency room in the Dallas Hospital and, later, from the point of view of the President’s gravedigger at Arlington Cemetery. He has run for citywide office on a secessionist platform, befriended and been beaten up by mobsters, and received letters from the Son of Sam during the serial killer’s infamous 1977 spree. Known as one of the best-informed journalists in the city, Breslin’s years of insightful reporting won him a Pulitzer in 1986, awarded for “columns which consistently champion ordinary citizens.” Although he stopped writing his weekly column for Newsday in 2004, Breslin still writes books, having produced nearly two dozen to date. He lives in Manhattan and continues to write.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1297 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (February 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00704TS1G
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Intriguing Life in Racing October 22, 2013
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A fascinating insight into the premier American thoroughbred horse trainer. The profession is one of the toughest in sports and to emerge a consistent winner over decades is testimony to Fitzsimmon's determination, courage, skill and grassroots business acumen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice read June 7, 2014
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I enjoyed this book, but I found it a bit short on content. I wanted more in depth history on some of the horses and jockeys. Certainly Breslin writes well, and his anecdotes were interesting. I simply was wanting more, especially on Bold Ruler and Nashua.
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