One Last Read: The Collected Works of the World's Slowest Sportswriter


Ray Didinger is one of the best sportswriters Philadelphia has ever read. A sports journalist, first for the Bulletin and then for the Daily News, he never missed a deadline in over 25 years. But as he admits, there have been close calls, much to his editors' chagrin. He was widely known as "The World's Slowest Sportswriter."

Of the thousands of articles, columns, and profiles he has penned over the years, Didinger has selected his finest ...
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Ray Didinger is one of the best sportswriters Philadelphia has ever read. A sports journalist, first for the Bulletin and then for the Daily News, he never missed a deadline in over 25 years. But as he admits, there have been close calls, much to his editors' chagrin. He was widely known as "The World's Slowest Sportswriter."

Of the thousands of articles, columns, and profiles he has penned over the years, Didinger has selected his finest work to be included in this book. One Last Read contains entire chapters for each of the professional Philadelphia teams-the Phillies, the Flyers, the Sixers and of course, The Eagles. But that is only half of the story. Included here is his coverage of college sport and the Olympics as well as the full text of the speech he delivered in Canton, Ohio when he presented his boyhood idol, Tommy McDonald, for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

There are also some strongly-worded opinion pieces too-about former Eagles owner (and legendary high-roller) Leonard Tose, the career of Woody Hayes, and much, much more. Didinger's introduction- engaging, warm, witty, and insightful-is among his finest writing. And for longtime readers, this essential collection of Didinger's work was worth the wait.
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"There is no city in America where voices of reason are in greater need-and shorter supply-than Philadelphia. Fortunately, Ray Didinger has been stepping forward for more than three decades to serve as a paragon of sanity in a town where panic is always just a missed field goal away. As this book so beautifully reminds us, Ray has always had a knack for being as eloquent as he is professional. So who the heck cares if it took him a little longer to find just the right words? One Last Read proves once and for all that it was worth the wait."
—Jayson Stark, senior baseball writer for and longtime Philadelphia Inquirer baseball writer and columnist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592136001
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 478,103
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Didinger has won four Emmy Awards as a writer and producer at NFL Films. Before that, he was a reporter covering the National Football League for The Philadelphia Bulletin, and later The Philadelphia Daily News. In 1995 he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Dick McCann Memorial Award for long and distinguished reporting of pro football. He is the author (with Robert S. Lyons) of The Eagles Encyclopedia, and a weekly commentator and panelist on Comcast SportsNet's Post Game Live show during the football season.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part One: The Home Town Teams
The Eagles
1.  Bednarik's Legend Etched in Concrete
2.  Vince Papale Ain't Just Another Bum from the Neighborhood Anymore
3.  Wilbert has a Mom that Frets
4.  A Real Philadelphia Kind of Win
5..  Introducing Tommy McDonald at the Pro Football Hall of Fame
6.  The New Dick Vermeil - Who is He?
7.  Reggie White
The Phillies
8.  Phillies are Rosel-less and Red-Faced
9.  Maddox Takes Ride of His Life
10.  Walk-ing into the Series Spotlight
11.  McGraw's Retirement Tugs at Heartstrings
12.  The End is Here
13.  Lieberthal Receiving Good Reviews
The Flyers
14.  For Hard Luck Parent, Another Damaging Blow
15.  Stickle: It Could have been Worse
16.  In Flin Flon, They Knew He'd be Great
17.  Hextall's Goal Always was to be in Goal
18.  Flyer's Shining Moment Tarnished Before Game
The Sixers
19.  Moses Makes His Private Life Most Valuable
20.  This One's for You, Jack McMahon
21.  Erving Can't Make Sense of It All
22.  Barkley Uncomfortable with Life in the Glare of the Spotlight

Part Two: American Sports at Home and in the World

23.  The Black Athlete: Jackie Robinson? He Wasn't the First
24. America's Team: Cowboys Corral a Nation
25.  Montana Magic
26.  The Shulas Always have Felt at Home Near the Gridiron
27.  Elevating Frankford
28.  Just a Truck Drivin' Man
29.  Passing of the Chief Marks the End of an Era
30.  Larry Brown: King of the Hill

31.  Aaron's Numbers Speak for Him
32.  Munson: A Man of No Frills
33.  The 500 Club
34.  Fernando has been Touched by God

35.  Thorpe Nets Golden Debt
36.  Decker Runs Armed with a Killer Instinct
37.  Huber Junks Diet for Taste of Gold
38.  Teti Always Seems to Stand Out on Rowing Team

1980 - The Year That Was
39.  A Cure for America's BluesIs Rosie a Real Winner?
40.  Flyers Lose to Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals
41.  “The Officials Killed Us,” Snider Sizzles
42.  Fans Roar Tells Jack He's Back
43.  Winning Makes It All Worthwhile
44.  Duran Calls It Quits
45.  A Real Philadelphia Kind of Win
46.  Jim Plunkett's Journey Ends in Triumph

Part Three: Facts and Opinion

47.  Alcorn's Battle Over
48.  Jim Tyrer Story Ultimate Tragedy
49.  Their Hearts Belong to Daddy Mass
50.  Hard Man to Please, Tough Man to Beat
51.  Sugar Ray Pulls People Together
52.  Waterboy Reaches Hall of Fame
53.  Best of All Time?: Bird's Genius Puts Him in Rarified Aire
54.  Climbing Capitol Hill
55.  Abolition of Boxing Wouldn't be Jake
56.  I'm not a Whiner

57.  Phillies Left Red-faced and Rose-less
58.  NFL Should Sack Tose
59.  The Real World of Professional Football
60.  Working Up a Strong Hate
61.  Woody Hayes Doesn't Merit an Appreciative Audience
62.  A Sense of Perspective

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    If you are a Philadelphia Sports Fan, then why have you not read this book yet! As a season ticket holder of the Philadelphia Eagles and a die-hard Philly Sports Fanatic, this book has pulled out from within, some of the dark gloomy days of the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and Sixers, but it also made me realize why I Love Philadelphia Sports, THE PASSION. Read this book and see for yourself. It takes you through our history of players, coaches, owners, great wins, heartbraking losses and the fans view compiled over the years.

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