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Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Best American Sports Writing of the Century
David Halberstam & Glenn Stout (eds)


Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Halberstam selects the fifty best pieces of sports writing of this century. The Best American Sports Writing of the Century showcases the best sports journalists of the twentieth century, from Jimmy Cannon, Red Smith, William Mack, Gary Smith, and Frank Deford to A. J. Liebling, Tom Wolfe, and Hunter S. Thompson, and includes such classics as ‘What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?’ by Richard Ben Cramer, ‘Louis Knocks Out Schmeling’ by Bob Considine, and ‘The Rocky Road of Pistol Pete’ by W. C. Heinz. This outstanding collection captures not only the century’s greatest moments in baseball, boxing, horseracing, golf, and tennis, but some of the finest writing of our time.

Guest editor David Halberstam is the author of The Reckoning, The Summer of Forty-Nine, The Breaks of the Game, and, most recently, The Children. Series editor Glenn Stout has written biographies of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Jackie Robinson.

Paperback, 816pp
Mariner Books, 1999
ISBN 9780395945148