The Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told: Thirty-Six Incredible Tales from the Ring

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The Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told delivers a knockout collection of not only the best writing ever penned on the subject of "the sweet science," but also stories that relate to the larger human issues this brutal sport has come to symbolize and embody. Whether the tale is about the triumph of a heroic champion, a tragic death in the ring, the shady tactics of fight promoters, or victories against seemingly impossible odds, each story in this varied collection connects with the sort of powerful punch one can ...
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Overview

The Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told delivers a knockout collection of not only the best writing ever penned on the subject of "the sweet science," but also stories that relate to the larger human issues this brutal sport has come to symbolize and embody. Whether the tale is about the triumph of a heroic champion, a tragic death in the ring, the shady tactics of fight promoters, or victories against seemingly impossible odds, each story in this varied collection connects with the sort of powerful punch one can only expect from the past century's most talented and celebrated writers of both fiction and nonfiction. Included in these pages are contributions from:

Damon Runyon • Rod Serling • Ring Lardner • Dashiell Hammett
W. C. Heinz • Jack London • A.J. Liebling • Joyce Carol Oates
Norman Mailer • Ralph Ellison • George Plimpton • Pete Hamill
Jimmy Cannon • Jim Murray • Red Smith • Nellie Bly • Paul Gallico
Robert M. Lipsyte • Gene Tunney • Clarence Riordan • Homer
William Hazlitt • Frank Deford • Irwin Shaw • Heywood Broun • Mark Kram.

This collection is perfect for fight fans and non-fight fans alike, and with its all-star lineup of "contenders" throwing "haymakers" and "uppercuts" in every round, it stands as the definitive volume of short stories on this enduring pugilistic pastime.

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"Every once in a while, a book publisher comes up with a great concept for a series of books that deserve more than superficial recognition. Such a series is "The Greatest (fill in the blank) Stories Ever Told", anthologies that should win places on many bedside tables. On the long winter nights that lie ahead, such stories make great reading."--The Lexington County Chronicle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592284795
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: Greatest Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 483,653
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Silverman, a former columnist for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and several national magazines. He is also editor of The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told, Lardner on Baseball, The Greatest Golf Stories Ever Told, Classic Golf Stories, Bernard Darwin on Golf, and The Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
In the Face 3
From On Boxing 7
Ring Around the Writers 13
From The Iliad 19
The Fight 23
"I Decide to Give Up Fighting" 29
The Higher Pragmatism 33
Like Father Like Son 37
Cribb Repulses Molineaux's Challenge 43
Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries 53
The Battle Royal 63
A Visit with John L. Sullivan 73
Sport for Art's Sake 81
Ringside (Formal) 85
The Sack of Shelby 89
The Long Count 107
Champion 113
The Croxley Master 133
From Requiem for a Heavyweight 169
Bred for Battle 183
You're Joe Louis 193
The Boxer and the Blonde 197
The Fight: Patterson vs. Liston 223
The Death of Paret 235
Return to Kansas City 241
His Brother's Keeper 249
"I Could've Been a Contender ..." 263
The Greatest, Pound for Pound 271
Pride of the Tiger 291
Lawdy, Lawdy, He's Great 301
Donnybrook Farr 307
Onward Virgin Soldier: Johnny Owen's Last Fight 319
Duran No Quitter 329
Biting Commentary 333
He Swung and He Missed 339
Thicker Than Water 347
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