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|"Brownsville Bum" and other Profiles|
|Brownsville Bum (True, 1951)||3|
|The Rocky Road of Pistol Pete (True, 1958)||17|
|The Ghost of the Gridiron (True, 1958)||33|
|Death of a Racehorse (New York Sun, 1949)||45|
|Vince Lombardi (Madison, 1995)||49|
|G.I. Lew (Argosy, 1952)||53|
|The Greatest, Pound for Pound (from Once They Heard the Cheers)||83|
|So Long, Jack (from Once They Heard the Cheers)||103|
|Stan Musial's Last Day (Life, 1963)||135|
|So Long, Rock (Sport, 1952)||145|
|The Shy One (from Once They Heard the Cheers)||153|
|Mash and other Fiction|
|The Red Riders of the Imjin (from MASH, 1968)||183|
|Nicholas Braff (from Emergency, 1974)||199|
|The Head and the Heart (Cosmopolitan, 1948)||215|
|One Throw (Collier's, 1950)||233|
|Man's Game (Collier's, 1949)||237|
|"Beer Drinker" and other Columns|
|Beer Drinker (New York Sun, 10/7/48)||253|
|A Different View of Football (New York Sun, 10/20/48)||257|
|That Was Hoot Mon's Year (New York Sun, 8/7/47)||261|
|Down Memory Lane with the Babe (New York Sun, 6/14/48)||265|
|Memories of a Great Jockey (New York Sun, 3/25/47)||269|
|Football's Muzzled Masses (New York Times, 9/10/89)||273|
|Six Days to Nowhere (New York Sun, 11/17/48)||277|
|Why Can't TV Encourage Class Instead of Crass? (TV Guide, 11/7/87)||281|
|It Was Like a Light Bulb Busted in Your Brain (TV Guide, 11/19/88)||285|
|Quick, Thomas, a Brick! (TV Guide, 8/21/76)||289|
|A Tale of Two Pitchers (New York Sun, 4/6/49)||295|
|Excerpt from Transition (from Once They Heard the Cheers)||299|
Posted March 30, 2009
The Table of Contents for this book published on the B&N website does not match the actual book. The story. "A Tale of Two Pitchers", the only reason I bought the book, is listed in the online ToC but it's not in the book. Very disappointing!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 3, 2006
The 1st of half of this book is some of the most compelling, concise and precise writing I have ever encountered. His 12 to 15 page profiles of athletes, most of whom I could not have cared less about, left me utterly astounded at how much I took in and enjoyed his clean story telling and dry wit. However, the next section was marginal, and his columns section was near terrible. Under 5 pages the man simply cannot finish a complete thought or lead you to a place that compels you to finish it for him. Yet, the profiles section is so stunningly beautiful in its grace and style that it pays twice over for the cost - just stop at page 179!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2002
One of the frustrations about reading sports pages today, is that there are very few good writers, and no great ones. Heinz is great. He brings the eye of a thief and the voice of a poet to the bawdy, brawling, slapdash world of sports. The best writing teacher I ever had said, 'Find a piece of writing that is perfect, and memorize it.' It took me a long time to find it, but that piece is included here. It's called 'Death of a Racehorse.' If you love sports, or if you love writing, get this book and read it. (Heinz is one of the few writers to have more than one piece in the 'Best Sports Writing of the 20th Century' edited by David Halberstam.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 14, 2001
This is most possibly the greatest collection of writing ever. Bill Heinz is a pioneer who started the era of New Journalism (away with all the touchy-touchy writing). As a large fan of Hemingway, I must say that Bill Heinz puts Hemingway on the bottom of my bookshelf. His first novel, The Professional, is a masterpiece of sports fiction and was highly acclaimed by Mr. Hemingway himself. Even though Heinz never received the acclaim of Red Smith or A.J. Liebling, Heinz deserves to be recognized as one of the greatest journalist's alive, if not ever. The collections of stories in this book, especially that of Pete Reiser, a Brooklyn baseball player that was robbed of a hall of fame career in center field because of injuries (and the outfield wall), are some of the most magnificent writing you will see in your lifetime. Containing the same prose style that Hemingway was made famous for, Heinz was praised by some of the greatest writers in any business. This book includes excerpts from his book MASH, as well as other fiction stories. Maybe it's the fiction style he brings to non-fiction writing but whatever it is that makes Bill Heinze so great, I wish I could write like he does. Just like the people he covers, Heinz posses' a talent spectators could only dream for.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2009
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Posted October 27, 2008
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