Farewell to Sport [NOOK Book]

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One of Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 Sports Books of All Time: A classic collection by one of the twentieth century’s most influential sportswriters 

From 1923 to 1937, New York Daily News columnist Paul Gallico’s dispatches from  ringside, rink-side, the sidelines, and the grandstand were a must-read for every American sports fan. Where else could one discover what it was really like to box heavyweight champion ...
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Farewell to Sport

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Overview

One of Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 Sports Books of All Time: A classic collection by one of the twentieth century’s most influential sportswriters 

From 1923 to 1937, New York Daily News columnist Paul Gallico’s dispatches from  ringside, rink-side, the sidelines, and the grandstand were a must-read for every American sports fan. Where else could one discover what it was really like to box heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey? To tee off against golfing legend Bobby Jones? To strap on a glove and try to catch Dizzy Dean’s ferocious fastball?
 
Gallico went where no other reporter dared, and for that he earned a permanent place in the pantheon of great American sportswriters alongside Ring Lardner, Red Smith, and Roger Kahn. Then, like a pitcher hanging up his cleats after throwing a perfect game, Gallico walked away to pursue other authorial interests, including the fiction that earned him his greatest renown. His parting gift to his devoted readers was Farewell to Sport, a collection of twenty-six of his finest pieces.
 
In these bulletins from the golden age of sports, Gallico profiles icons such as Babe Ruth, Bill Tilden, and Gene Tunney. He exposes the scripted drama of professional wrestling and the hypocrisy of big-time college football. And in feats of daring that went on to inspire a whole new school of journalism, he sacrifices his pride to meet the greatest athletes of the day on their own turf.
 
A brilliant snapshot of a fascinating era in sports history and a masterwork remarkably ahead of its time, Farewell to Sport is a fitting testament to the legacy of Paul Gallico.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
“A high-colored panorama of thirteen years of sport, a summing up of the success and sob stories.”—New York Review of Books
Molly Ivins
"[Farewell to Sport] debunked professional wrestling and decried discrimination against black athletes and the hypocrisy of amateurism."

—Molly Ivins, New York Times

Saturday Review of Literature
“[Gallico] is one of that small circle of writers who are the despair of the rest of us pedestrians; he cannot be dull. . . . Whether he is discussing Mildred [Babe] Didrikson or Primo Carnera or the race question in sport,he is always entertaining.”—John R. Tunis, Saturday Review of Literature
Molly Ivins

“[Farewell to Sport] debunked professional wrestling and decried discrimination against black athletes and the hypocrisy of amateurism.”—Molly Ivins, New York Times

Molly Ivins - New York Times
“[Farewell to Sport] debunked professional wrestling and decried discrimination against black athletes and the hypocrisy of amateurism.”—Molly Ivins, New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781504009485
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 4/7/2015
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 347
  • File size: 346 KB

Meet the Author

Paul Gallico (1897–1976) began his writing career at the New York Daily News, where he became one of the best-known sports journalists in America. Over the course of his fourteen years as a daily columnist and editor, he took a knockout punch from Jack Dempsey, caught Dizzy Dean’s fastball, teed off against Bobby Jones, and founded the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. In 1937, at the height of his fame, Gallico quit his column to devote himself to writing fiction. He went on to publish more than forty books for adults and children, including The Snow Goose (1941) and The Poseidon Adventure (1969), the basis for the blockbuster movie of the same name. Lou Gehrig: Pride of the Yankees (1942), a biography of the baseball icon, inspired the Academy Award–nominated film starring Gary Cooper.
Born in New York City to an Italian father and an Austrian mother, Gallico left the United States in 1950 and lived the rest of his life abroad, with stops in England, Monaco, and Antibes, France, among numerous other locales.
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