George Plimpton On Sports collects the best writing -- the most observant, the most acerbic, the most amusing, 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 in George Plimpton On Sports 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. Of George Plimpton's writing on sports, The New York Times wrote, "While [Walter] Mitty only imagined that he was doing heroic things, Mr. Plimpton wasn't imagining anything." But the stories within George Plimpton On Sports, while a triumph of keen observation, are also a triumph of imagination, for within them runs a thread that is common to all of Plimpton's writing. He dared to imagine that he and all those with whom he dealt were capable of rising above their everyday limitations. His conviction proved to be infectious, and quite often he was right.