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Sports Illustrated: Going Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories

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Contains stories including "Shadow of a Nation", "Damned Yankee", and "Blindsided by History".

Smith's stories have appeared in the annual "Best American Sports Writing" anthology series nine times over the course of the 16-edition series, the most of any contributor. Now comes "Sports Illustrated: Going Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories" by Gary Smith, a collection of Smith's most powerful pieces.

Handpicked by the author, these 20 stories ...

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Overview

Contains stories including "Shadow of a Nation", "Damned Yankee", and "Blindsided by History".

Smith's stories have appeared in the annual "Best American Sports Writing" anthology series nine times over the course of the 16-edition series, the most of any contributor. Now comes "Sports Illustrated: Going Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories" by Gary Smith, a collection of Smith's most powerful pieces.

Handpicked by the author, these 20 stories showcase the richness of his reporting and the compassion of his craft. In "Shadow of a Nation" Smith depicts the struggle of Jonathan Takes Enemy, a young Crow Indian basketball player hoping to escape the reservation. In "Damned Yankee" Smith details the saga of John Malangone, the player who might have replaced Yogi Berra as the New York Yankees catcher until a terrible secret from his childhood unraveled his career. In "Blindsided by History" Smith tells the tale of the racial grenade flung in the laps of America's best schoolboy team in 1957 and the absurd solution that segregationists cobbled together to preserve two Arkansas traditions: Friday night football and racial separation. This 384 page anthology—highlighted by four national Magazine Award winners and a foreword by the author—is rich with heart and humanity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603200240
  • Publisher: Time Home Entertainment, Inc
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 787,332
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Posted December 13, 2008

    Gary Smith gets it right again !!

    His best book yet !! Gary Smith has come a long way since his Dickinson High School (Wilmington, Del.) days when he was a young sportswriter sitting across from me at the Wilmington News-Journal sports department in 1971. One of his mentors was sports editor Hal Bodley, who now writes for USA Today and appears regularly on sports television shows; Mike Sisak, who handled the red crayon on the make-up desk and really pushed you to write your best ever on a nightly basis; and of course, the late Matthew Zabitka, who had great interview skills that rubbed off on everyone in the department -- because he spoke so loud on the telephone all of us could hear him over the clanging of the manual typewriters we all utilized. Now that the red-headed kid is all grown up, you have to read his book to get a flavor of where he has been and what he has seen over the years. As for me, while my sportswriting career only lasted a for few years after I worked with Gary Smith, I still use what I learned from Gary Smith and I pay attention to details when I write as an attorney !!

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