Men in Sports

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A monumental anthology covering the literature of sports, from the funeral games of Homer to the American World Series today, Men in Sports includes Mary Renault's telling of an exciting day at the Olympic Games of 520 B.C., Stirling Moss's thousand-mile auto race, Ring Lardner's Horseshoes, James Dickey's harrowing account of canoes capsizing in the rapids, George Plimpton's The Five-Play Quarterback, Pele at soccer, Colin Fletcher's wilderness walking, Norman Mailer's coverage of the Paterson-Liston fight, ...
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Overview

A monumental anthology covering the literature of sports, from the funeral games of Homer to the American World Series today, Men in Sports includes Mary Renault's telling of an exciting day at the Olympic Games of 520 B.C., Stirling Moss's thousand-mile auto race, Ring Lardner's Horseshoes, James Dickey's harrowing account of canoes capsizing in the rapids, George Plimpton's The Five-Play Quarterback, Pele at soccer, Colin Fletcher's wilderness walking, Norman Mailer's coverage of the Paterson-Liston fight, Sydney Franklin's decision to become a bull-fighter, Dick Francis's horse-racing story The Day of the Losers, the climax of Trevanian's mountain-climbing classic Descent from the Eiger, John McPhee's tennis coverage of Arthur Ashe vs. Clark Graebner at Forest Hills, and Alan Sillitoe's The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner.

There are unusual selections featuring many other sports, including archery, ballooning, bicycling, billiards, boating, fishing, golf, hockey, hunting, jai alai, polo, rowing, scuba diving, skiing, surf-riding, swimming, track, wrestling, and yachting. Men in Sports is an omnibus anthology offering hours of fascinating, exciting reading for sports enthusiasts of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The sporting life in all its myriad glories can be found in this exhilarating, one-of-a-kind collection. Mr. Aymar has covered the field of challenge and competition as no one has ever done before."

-- Donald Honig, author of Baseball: The Illustrated History of America's Game

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Aymar ( Cruising Is Fun ) has assembled an anthology about equally divided between fiction and nonfiction, covering 34 sports (although not basketball) in 48 selections. He begins with the funeral games for Patroklos described by Homer in the Iliad and ends with ``Beyond the Divide,'' about wilderness walking, by Colin Fletcher, of 1988. There is fine reportage by Richard Harding Davis, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton and Maury Allen; there are autobiographical excerpts from racing driver Stirling Moss, hockey goalie Ken Dryen, swimmer Diane Nyad and soccer star Pele; there are short stories by Ring Lardner, Jack London and Rudyard Kipling; there are excerpts from novels by Sir Walter Scott, Lew Wallace, James Dickey and Alan Sillitoe. Sports fans will find much material to enjoy here and will lament the absence of a personal favorite. (May)
Library Journal
Editor Aymar has fashioned an anthology of sports literature representing 34 categories of amateur and professional games, ranging from chariot racing to mountain climbing. Drawing together excerpts from both literary and popular works of fact and fiction, he presents an eclectic mix of genres, eras, and styles. Among the entries are Dick Francis on horseracing; Norman Mailer on boxing; James Dickey on canoeing; Jack London on surfing; Zane Grey on baseball; and Diana Nyad on swimming. A common thread throughout this anthology is an emphasis upon the event rather than the participants. As a sampling of the diversity in the literature of sports through the ages, this work is appropriate for both public and academic collections.-- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517883952
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/25/1995
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Brandt Aymar has compiled eight previous anthologies, including The Personality of the Cat, Men at Sea, and Men in the Air. He is the author of several boating books, including Cruising Is Fun and The Complete Cruiser, and is the coauthor of A Pictorial History of the World's Great Trials from Socrates to Jean Harris. He lives in West Islip on Long Island.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Olympic Funeral Games 11
Attending the 64th Olympic Games: 520 B.C. 20
The Chariot Race 30
A Contest in Archery 37
The Thousand-Mile Auto Race (Mille Miglia 1955) 43
Caught in a Tempest 49
The Redheaded Outfield 55
Horseshoes 66
The Magnificent Moment: The Called-Shot Home Run 84
Mystic Baseball: A New Age Look 92
Winning and Losing 101
My Greatest Race 105
Three Cushions 113
Moonlight Cruising 121
A Piece of Steak 129
Bomaye 143
The Patterson-Liston Fight 164
A Bullfighter from Brooklyn 177
Capsizing in the Rapids 187
The Cricket Match 197
The Salmon 207
Once on a Sunday 212
How the Great Football Game Was Played 225
The Five-Play Quarterback 232
The Pro-Football Game 240
The Awakening of Rollo Podmarsh 253
The Goalie 267
The Day of the Losers 275
The Moose 285
Lynx-Hunting 291
The Monarch's Last Tanto 297
The Tournament 307
Legends of Karate 317
Descent from the Eiger 325
The Maltese Cat 341
The Yale-Harvard Boat Race 355
The Neophyte Diver 367
Toni Sailer: Gold in the Snow 377
Pele 385
The Waves at Waikiki 395
The Swimmer 403
Swimming the English Channel 412
The First Golden Age 423
Arthur Ashe vs. Clark Graebner at Forest Hills 434
The Front Runner 443
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner 450
Beyond the Divide 461
My American Tour: Casey Berger, the Texas Champ 479
Transatlantic Race 487
Acknowledgments 497
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