Farewell to Sport

Overview

For fourteen years during the golden age of sports, Paul Gallico was one of America’s ace sportswriters. He saw them all—the stars and the hams, the immortals and the phonies in boxing, wrestling, baseball, football, golf, tennis, and every other field of muscular endeavor in which men and women try to break hearts and necks for cash or glory. Then in 1937, at the height of his game (and the height of the payroll), Gallico suddenly and famously called it quits and left the New York Daily News. But before he ...
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Overview

For fourteen years during the golden age of sports, Paul Gallico was one of America’s ace sportswriters. He saw them all—the stars and the hams, the immortals and the phonies in boxing, wrestling, baseball, football, golf, tennis, and every other field of muscular endeavor in which men and women try to break hearts and necks for cash or glory. Then in 1937, at the height of his game (and the height of the payroll), Gallico suddenly and famously called it quits and left the New York Daily News. But before he departed the world of sports, he left his legions of fans one last hurrah: a collection of his best sports essays called, appropriately, Farewell to Sport.
Here, in twenty-six chapters, every major and minor sport is covered. Included are sketches of Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Tex Rickard, and Jack Sharkey, written in an accessible, conversational style. Often credited with creating “participatory journalism,” Gallico would play golf with Bobby Jones, catch Major League pitcher Dizzy Dean’s fastball, swim with Johnny Weissmuller, play tennis with Helen Wills, catch passes from quarterback Benny Friedman, and box with Jack Dempsey (he lasted one minute, thirty-seven seconds).
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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: 9780803267619
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,000,944
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Gallico (1897–1976) is best known now as the author of The Poseidon Adventure, which was made into a movie along with several other works of his. His first novel, Snow Goose, has been in print continuously since 1941. Zachary Michael Jack is the editor of Inside the Ropes: Sportswriters Get Their Game On (Nebraska 2008).
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