Lost in the Lights: Sports, Dreams, and Life / Edition 2

Lost in the Lights: Sports, Dreams, and Life / Edition 2

by Paul Hemphill
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0817313168

ISBN-13: 9780817313166

Pub. Date: 03/26/2003

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

A veteran journalist’s collection of sportswriting on the blue-collar South.

Sport mirrors life. Or, in Paul Hemphill's opinion, “Sport is life.” The 15 pieces in this compelling collection are arranged along the timeline for an aspiring athlete's dream: “The Dawning,” with stories about boys hoping and trying to become

Overview

A veteran journalist’s collection of sportswriting on the blue-collar South.

Sport mirrors life. Or, in Paul Hemphill's opinion, “Sport is life.” The 15 pieces in this compelling collection are arranged along the timeline for an aspiring athlete's dream: “The Dawning,” with stories about boys hoping and trying to become men, “The Striving,” about athletes at work, defining themselves through their play, and “The Gloaming,” about the twilight time when athletes contend with broken dreams and fading powers. Through all the pieces, Hemphill exhibits his passion for the sports he covers and a keen eye for the dramas, details, and hopes that fire the lives of athletes, allowing them to become prototypes of all human existence.

Most of the stories have been previously published in such national magazines as Sports Illustrated, True, Life, Today’s Health, and Sport. In “White Bread and Baseball,” the author chronicles his own boyhood infatuation with the minor-league Birmingham Barons, while in “Yesterday’s Hero” he details the sad end of a former All-American football player named Bob Suffridge, a portrait of a lion in winter. “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Whirl” covers nights on the road with the roller derby, and “Saturday Night at Dixie Speedway” captures all the raucous glory of a stock-car dirt track under the hot lights. “Big Night, Big City” tells of an anxious, small-town high school basketball team facing their crucial chance for glory at a state tournament in Atlanta, and the classic “Mister Cobb” details a personal lesson on sliding the young author received from “the greatest player in the history of baseball.”

These stories are often bittersweet, emotional, and mythic: little dramas bearing impact and psychological “size.” Some of them are distinctively “Dixie,” but they ultimately transcend time and place. Frye Gaillard, author of Kyle at 200 MPH: A Sizzling Season in the Petty-NASCAR Dynasty, writes, “For more than 30 years, Paul Hemphill has been one of the finest writers in the South, and I think he proves it again in this collection. He exudes a natural feel for the players and the game, drawing out the real-life themes of struggle and desire, occasional triumph, and the omnipresent possibilities of heartache and failure.”

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817313166
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
03/26/2003
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue....................000
PART ONE The Dawning 1 White Bread and Baseball....................000
2 Big Night, Big City....................000
3 "I Gotta Let the Kid Go"....................000
4 Marty Malloy, 2b....................000
5 The Kid and the Third Baseman....................000
PART TWO The Striving 6 Saturday Night at Dixie Speedway....................000
7 The Great Wallenda....................000
8 The Boys of Stalag Thirteen....................000
9 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Whirl....................000
10 We Were Champions, Once....................000
PART THREE The Gloaming 11 Mister Cobb....................000
12 The Billy Ray Hunsinger Show....................000
13 On the Bus....................000
14 Whatever Happened to What's-His-Name?....................000
15 Yesterday's Hero....................000
Epilogue....................000

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