Legendary Sports Writers of the Golden Age

Grantland Rice, Red Smith, Shirley Povich, and W. C. Heinz

Author: Lee Congdon

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442277521

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 170

View: 5888

This book details the lives and careers of four sports-writing greats—Grantland Rice, Red Smith, Shirley Povich, and W. C. Heinz—and the legendary athletes and events they covered for decades. These men all wrote during what is often considered sport’s Golden Age, lifting sports reporting to heights that it is unlikely to reach again.

Golf's Golden Age

Robert T. Jones, Jr. and the Legendary Players of the '10s, '20s, and '30s

Author: Randon Matthew Newman Jerris,United States Golf Association

Publisher: National Geographic Society

ISBN: 9780792238720

Category: Photography

Page: 159

View: 8030

Complemented by dozens of vintage and archival photographs, an entertaining look at golf during its golden era celebrates the seventy-fifth anniversary of Bobby Jones's 1930 Grand Slam win and offers biographical sketches of such golfing greats as Walter Hagan, Chick Evans, Tommy Armour, and Walter Travis, among others.


The Life and Times of Grantland Rice

Author: Charles Fountain

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780735103474

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

View: 1818

Offers a look at the career of the sportswriter from his start in Nashville to his syndication in one hundred newspapers, and examines his personal relationship with such athletes at Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, and Bobby Jones

Once There Were Giants

The Golden Age of Heavyweight Boxing

Author: Jerry Izenberg

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1510714758

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 252

View: 4578

A celebration and memorial of the greatest era of heavyweight fighters from 1962 to 1997, as witnessed ringside by an International Boxing Hall of Fame sportswriter. Once upon a time, of all the memories made in ballparks and arenas from California to New York, there was nothing to rival that magic moment that could grab a heavyweight fight crowd by its collective jugular vein and trigger a tsunami of raw emotion before a single punch had even been thrown. That’s the way it was when the heavyweight giants danced in the boxing ring during the golden eras of the greats Ali, Frazier, Holmes, and Spinks, to name a few. There will never again be a heavyweight cycle like the one that began when Sonny Liston stopped Floyd Patterson and ended when Mike Tyson bit a slice out of Evander Holyfield’s ear; when no ersatz drama, smoke, mirrors, and noise followed a fighter’s entry into the ring; when the crowds knew that these men were not actors on a stage but rather giants in a ring with a single purpose—to fight other giants. By the ringside, acclaimed sportswriter Jerry Izenberg watched history as it was being made during those legendary days, witnessing fights like the Thrilla in Manila and the Rumble in the Jungle and preserving them in punchy yet tremendous prose. Delivering both his eyewitness accounts and revelatory back stories of this greatest era of heavyweight boxing, Izenberg invites readers to a place of recollection. Once There Were Giants is his memorial to this extraordinary time, the likes of which we shall never see again.

Leifer: The Golden Age of American Football

Author: N.A

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783836500302


Page: 280

View: 1059

No pain, no gain: The most memorable moments since the birth of pro football in America "If you are a sports fan, you have to be a Neil Leifer admirer, for you have been seeing his pictures and they've been shaping your impressions and memories for five decades." --Bob Costas In 1958, journalist Neil Leifer took the picture that remains one of his most famous to this day. The day he got the shot--Alan Ameche's game-winning "sudden death" touchdown--was Leifer's 16th birthday. This game, called "the greatest ever played," signaled football's emergence as America's new national pastime; formerly half-empty stadiums welcomed sold-out crowds seemingly overnight, while football surpassed baseball in national television ratings. Starting then, on any given Sunday Leifer was most likely shooting a football game somewhere in America... While best known for his iconic photograph of Muhammad Ali towering over a fallen Sonny Liston, it is his football pictures Leifer considers his best. This collection represents the best of his best, culled from over 10,000 rolls of film on the sport. With an introduction assembled from the best football columns of the era by famed sports columnist Jim Murray, and incisive captions detailing the legendary players, coaches, and games, this volume carries the guts and glory of the game into the end zone.

Freedom Climbers

The Golden Age of Polish Climbing

Author: Bernadette McDonald

Publisher: Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 1594857571

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 2649

CLICK HERE to download the first chapter from Freedom Climbers (Provide us with a little information and we'll send your download directly to your inbox) "One of the most important mountaineering books to be written for many years." —Boardman-Tasker Prize See this book trailer for Freedom Climbers made by RMB Books, its publisher in Canada, where the cover is slightly different from the Mountaineers Books U.S. edition * Behind the Iron Curtain, Cold War mountaineers found freedom on the world's highest peaks—and paid an awful price to achieve it * Winner of the Boardman-Tasker Prize, Banff Grand Prize, and American Alpine Club Literary Award Freedom Climbers tells the story of Poland's truly remarkable mountaineers who dominated Himalayan climbing during the period between the end of World War II and the start of the new millennium. The emphasis here is on their "golden age" in the 1980s and 1990s when, despite the economic and social baggage of their struggling country, Polish climbers were the first to tackle the world's highest mountains during winter, including the first winter ascents on seven of the world's fourteen 8000-meter peaks: Everest, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, and Lhotse. Such successes, however, came at a serious cost: 80 percent of Poland's finest high-altitude climbers died on the high mountains during the same period they were pursuing these first ascents. Award-winning writer Bernadette McDonald addresses the social, political, and cultural context of this golden age, and the hardships of life under Soviet rule. Polish climbers, she argues, were so tough because their lives at home were so tough—they lost family members to World War II and its aftermath and were so much more poverty-stricken than their Western counterparts that they made much of their own climbing gear. While Freedom Climbers tells the larger story of an era, McDonald shares charismatic personal narratives such as that of Wanda Rutkiewicz, expected to be the first woman to climb all 8000-meter peaks until she disappeared on Kanchenjunga in 1992; Jerzy Kukuczka, who died in a fall while attempting the south face of Lhotse; and numerous other renowned climbers including Voytek Kurtyka, Artur Hajzer, Andrej Zawaka, and Krzysztof Wielicki. This is a fascinating window into a different world, far-removed from modernity yet connected by the strange allure of the mountain landscape, and a story of inspiring passion against all odds. This title is part of our LEGENDS AND LORE series. Click here > to learn more.

The Time of Their Lives

The Golden Age of Great American Book Publishers, Their Editors, and Authors

Author: Al Silverman

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504028252

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 9701

A lively portrait of a fascinating and tumultuous period in American book publishing According to Al Silverman, former publisher of Viking Press and president of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the golden age of book publishing began after World War II and lasted into the early 1980s. In this entertaining and affectionate industry biography, Silverman captures the passionate spirit of legendary houses such as Knopf; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Grove Press; and Harper & Row, and profiles larger-than-life executives and editors, including Alfred and Blanche Knopf, Bennett Cerf, Roger Straus, Seymour Lawrence, and Cass Canfield. More than one hundred and twenty publishing insiders share their behind-the-scenes stories about how some of the most famous books in American literary history—from The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich to The Silence of the Lambs—came into being and why they’re still being read today. A joyful tribute to the hard work and boundless energy of professionals who dedicate their careers to getting great books in front of enthusiastic readers, The Time of Their Lives will delight bibliophiles and anyone interested in this important and ever-evolving industry.

The Steamer

Bud Furillo and the Golden Age of L.A. Sports

Author: Andy Furillo

Publisher: Santa Monica Press

ISBN: 1595808078

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 480

View: 8979

For nearly sixty years, Bud Furillo wrote and talked about sports in Southern California. For fifteen of those years, he authored a popular column for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner called The Steam Room, which gave him the nickname that lasted him for the rest of his life: “the Steamer.” As a reporter, columnist, editor, and pioneer of sports talk radio, the Steamer dished out insight and understanding to Southern California sports fans while Los Angeles grew into a sports empire. On his watch, L.A. acquired the Rams from Cleveland, the Dodgers from Brooklyn, and the Lakers from Minneapolis. He covered them all while they won championships for the city. In The Steamer: Bud Furillo and the Golden Age of L.A. Sports, Furillo’s son, Andy, himself a longtime newspaperman, uses his father’s lens to give focus to the city’s rise as a sports empire. The Steamer is a history of a great sports town at its most dynamic, told from the point of view of a legendary reporter who used his phenomenal access to reveal the inside story of the greatest athletes and teams to ever play in Los Angeles.

Something to Cheer about

Legends from the Golden Age of Sports

Author: Jack McDonald

Publisher: Harcourt on Demand

ISBN: 9780156838047

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 219

View: 9126

A sports writer shares his memories of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lefty Gomez, Joe DiMaggio, Don Larsen, Juan Marichal, Ted Williams, Bob Feller, Willie Mays, Satchel Page, Jack Demsey, Byron Nelson, and Red Grange

Remembering the Stars of the NFL Glory Years

An Inside Look at the Golden Age of Football

Author: Wayne Stewart

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442274247

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 238

View: 4472

This book tells the story of professional football in the 1950s and 60s through the words of the players themselves. The chapters are full of anecdotes and reflections on the best and toughest players of the era, while two additional chapters include humorous quotes and the players’ thoughts on how the game has changed since their heyday.

Dreams of the Golden Age

Author: Carrie Vaughn

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 076533481X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 9154

Anna, the daughter of a telepath and a powerful businesswoman and granddaughter of two famous superheroes, has trouble hiding her own superpowers as she and her friends train to become the next great team of masked vigilantes.

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball Drawings 1934–1972

Author: Willard Mullin

Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

ISBN: 1606996398

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 200

View: 6217

In Fantagraphics’ ceaseless effort to rediscover every world-class cartoonist in the history of the medium, we turn your attention to a neglected part of the art form—sports cartooning—and to its greatest practitioner—Willard Mullin. The years 1930-1970 were the Golden Age of both American sports and American comic strips, when giants strode their respective fields—Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Hank Aaron in one, George (Krazy Kat) Herriman, Milton (Steve Canyon) Caniff, Walt (Pogo) Kelly in the other—and Mullin was there, straddling both fields, recording every major player and event in the mid-20th-century history of baseball. Mullin was to baseball players what Bill Mauldin was to soldiers: advocate and critic, investing them with personality, humanity, dignity, and poignancy; Mauldin had Willie & Joe and Mullin had the Brooklyn Bum, his affectionate 1939 character representing the bedraggled figure of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972 collects for the first time Mullin’s best drawings devoted to baseball—depictions of players like Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, and Sandy Koufax, legendary managers like Casey Stengel and George Steinbrenner, and events like Lou Gehrig’s emotional retirement speech on July 4, 1939, for which Mullin not only drew a portrait but composed a poem (which he often incorporated into his cartoons). Mullin’s fluid line and delicate but vigorous brushwork are shown to beautiful effect, with many drawings reproduced from original art. See why millions of baseball fans from the ’30s to the ’70s looked forward to Mullin’s cartoons in their daily paper.

White Hunters

The Golden Age of African Safaris

Author: Brian Herne

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 146686754X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 480

View: 5684

East Africa affects our imagination like few other places: The sight of a charging rhino goes directly to the heart; the limitless landscape of bony highlands, desert, and mountain is, as Isak Dinesen wrote, of "unequalled nobility." Brian Herne's White Hunters is the story of seventy years of African adventure, danger, and romance. It re-creates the legendary big-game safaris led by Selous and Bell and the daring ventures of early hunters into unexplored territories, and brings to life such romantic figures as Cape-to-Cairo Grogan, who walked 4,000 miles for the love of a woman, and Dinesen's dashing lover, Denys Finch. Witnesses to the richest wildlife spectacle on the earth, these hunters were the first conservationists. Hard-drinking, infatuated with risk, and careless in love, they inspired Hemingway's stories and movies with Clark Gable and Gregory Peck.

The Lost Journalism of Ring Lardner

Author: Ring Lardner

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803299400

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 600

View: 6439

Ring Lardner's influence on American letters is arguably greater than that of any other American writer in the early part of the twentieth century. Lauded by critics and the public for his groundbreaking short stories, Lardner was also the country's best-known journalist in the 1920s and early 1930s, when his voice was all but inescapable in American newspapers and magazines. Lardner's trenchant, observant, sly, and cynical writing style, along with a deep understanding of human foibles, made his articles wonderfully readable and his words resonate to this day. Ron Rapoport has gathered the best of Lardner's journalism from his earliest days at the South Bend Times through his years at the Chicago Tribune and his weekly column for the Bell Syndicate, which appeared in 150 newspapers and reached eight million readers. In these columns Lardner not only covered the great sporting events of the era--from Jack Dempsey's fights to the World Series and even an America's Cup--he also wrote about politics, war, and Prohibition, as well as parodies, poems, and penetrating observations on American life. The Lost Journalism of Ring Lardner reintroduces this journalistic giant and his work and shows Lardner to be the rarest of writers: a spot-on chronicler of his time and place who remains contemporary to subsequent generations.

Baseball's Golden Age

The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon

Author: Neal McCabe

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9780810981775

Category: Photography

Page: 198

View: 9933

During the golden age of baseball, from 1904 to 1942, Charles M. Conlon took thousands of pictures of the heroes of the day: Home Run Baker, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and many others. This volume offers the first comprehensive look at Conlon's remarkable legacy and features lively anecdotal captions packed with evocative stories and trivia. 205 photos. 6-page gatefold.

Hollywood Heyday

75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends

Author: David Fantle,Tom Johnson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476632839

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 305

View: 5934

“What audacity!” exclaimed actor Robert Wagner when he heard about the authors’ adolescent exploits in nabbing interviews with Hollywood celebrities. In 1978, Fantle and Johnson, St. Paul teenagers, boarded a plane to meet with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. They had written the stars requesting interviews—and to their amazement, both agreed. Over the years, more than 250 other stars also agreed—Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, James Cagney, Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, George Burns, Rod Steiger, Milton Berle, Frank Capra and Hoagy Carmichael, to name a few. Published for the first time and with exclusive photos, this selection of 75 interviews chronicles the authors’ 40-year quest for insights and anecdotes from iconic 20th century artists.

The Rivalry

Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and the Golden Age of Basketball

Author: John Taylor

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0812970306

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 421

View: 7725

Set against the backdrop of professional basketball's golden age during the 1960s, a study focuses on the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, which came to an epic climax during the 1969 championship.

San Francisco 49ers Legends

The Golden Age of Pro Football

Author: Martin S. Jacobs

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781532962431


Page: 306

View: 2229

San Francisco 49ers LEGENDS-The Golden Age of Pro Football, is a new 6" X 9," 305-page book, with 36 pages of photos. The book is essentially the definitive story of the 49ers'' football team from their swirling tales of the old All-American Football Conference rivalries, and throughout the 1950s'' decade in the National Football League. It''s told personally by perhaps the team''s most faithful followers - Martin Jacobs. It could be the book about the team''s beginnings that most 49ers'' fans will ultimately have on their shelves. Other books written about the 49ers dwell on facts, while not tapping into the personal devotion that Jacobs passionately express. Keep in mind there is, nor ever will be a book about the team''s history, which showcases a personal historic overview of the team''s emerging years as this one. The book tells a story about the 49ers'' players we read about in the newspapers and listened to on play-by-play radio broadcasts, and eventually on television, during the Golden Age of Pro Football. They were coached by Lawrence "Buck" Shaw, called the "Silver Fox," who was a local legend, who gave the team instant credibility and turned them into a winner, as well. In the decade, the 49ers had assembled one of the greatest backfields ever. They came to be known as the "Million Dollar Backfield," made up of fullback Joe Perry, halfbacks'' John Henry Johnson and Hugh McElhenny, and quarterback Y.A. Tittle-all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. These players opened up new frontiers and laid a solid foundation for the championship years to follow. They all made great stories to share - from their gridiron heroics, on the basketball court and in Roller Derby. The book is a true narrative account of the 49ers'' formative years, which encapsulates the difference between the players of yesteryear and today''s crop. It brings back priceless memories and an elicit sense of sadness that those days and players are now history. There are 49 chapters with feature stories on players like McElhenny, (aka "The King"), one of the greatest open-field runners ever; tackle Leo "The Lion" Nomellini, who perhaps had a disposition better suited for hand-to-hand combat; linebacker Hardy "The Hatchet" Brown, who hammered everything and everybody in sight with his signature shoulder tackles. Others include Tony Morabito, the team''s first owner; 49ers'' players who served in the military; outstanding quarterbacks: Frankie "The Wizard" Albert, "The Colonel" Tittle and John Brodie; halfback Joe Arenas, an Iwo Jima survivor who exemplified the teams'' fighting spirit; grand old Kezar Stadium, the birthplace of the famed Tittle to R.C.Owens'' "Alley-Oop" pass plays and the epic site of the last quarter "cliffhangers" to beat the Rams, Bears, Colts, Packers and Lions; an array of star rookies: Gordy Soltau, Billy Wilson, Clay Matthews, Matt Hazeltine, Charley Powell, Dickey Moegle and others. Personal interviews with Joe Perry; Jan Jeffers, owner of the 49ers first mascot burro, Clementine; Deanna (O''Mara) Cope, an original 49er majorette, Kezar vendor Bruce Lombardi; Joe McTigue''s 49ers marching band; 49ers'' basketball team; 49ers in the off-season; 49ers'' trivia; 49ers'' team gear; collecting and investing in 49ers'' relics, and much more. This book will bring back those memories with each turn of a page as the 49ers'' heritage will remain alive with the deeds and foibles of those who, by their performance, their personality, or both, gave flavor and substance to those times, are as unique in their own right as in their interviews. The author has assembled an array of 50 outstanding publicity and action photographs from his collection of over 1,000 - some which have never been published before. For any 49ers'' fan that followed this team in the Golden Age, you will find this book, not just the story of a football team coming of age, but a stirring evocative collection of reminiscences that touches upon what it means to be a 49ers'' fan.

The Golden Age of Piracy

The Truth Behind Pirate Myths

Author: Benerson Little

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1510713042

Category: History

Page: 388

View: 1187

For thousands of years, pirates have terrorized the ocean voyager and the coastal inhabitant, plundered ship and shore, and wrought havoc on the lives and livelihoods of rich and poor alike. Around these desperate men has grown a body of myths and legends—fascinating tales that today strongly influence our notions of pirates and piracy. Most of these myths derive from the pirates of the “Golden Age,” from roughly 1655 to 1725. This was the age of the Spanish Main, of Henry Morgan and Blackbeard, of Bartholomew Sharp and Bartholomew Roberts. The history of pirate myth is rich in action, at sea and ashore. However, the truth is far more interesting. In The Golden Age of Piracy, expert pirate historian Benerson Little debunks more than a dozen pirate myths that derive from this era—from the flying of the Jolly Roger to the burying of treasure, from walking the plank to the staging of epic sea battles—and shows that the truth is far more fascinating and disturbing than the romanticized legends. Among Little’s revelations are that pirates of the Golden Age never made their captives walk the plank and that they, instead, were subject to horrendous torture, such as being burned or hung by their arms. Likewise, epic sea battles involving pirates were fairly rare because most prey surrendered immediately. The stories are real and are drawn heavily from primary sources. Complementing them are colorful images of flags, ships, and buccaneers based on eyewitness accounts. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

I Fight for a Living

Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915

Author: Louis Moore

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 025209994X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 7349

The black prizefighter labored in one of the few trades where an African American man could win renown: boxing. His prowess in the ring asserted an independence and powerful masculinity rare for black men in a white-dominated society, allowing him to be a man--and thus truly free. Louis Moore draws on the life stories of African American fighters active from 1880 to 1915 to explore working-class black manhood. As he details, boxers bought into American ideas about masculinity and free enterprise to prove their equality while using their bodies to become self-made men. The African American middle class, meanwhile, grappled with an expression of public black maleness they saw related to disreputable leisure rather than respectable labor. Moore shows how each fighter conformed to middle class ideas of masculinity based on his own judgment of what culture would accept. Finally, he argues that African American success in the ring shattered the myth of black inferiority despite media and government efforts to defend white privilege.