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Sports Illustrated: Fifty Years of Great Writing: 50th Anniversary 1954-2004 Hardcover – Oct 1 2003

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated (Oct. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932273069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932273069
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 984 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #244,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This spirited volume offers more than 50 of the finest selections from America's preeminent sports publication of the past half-century. Frank Deford makes three offerings, including a retrospective look at Billy Conn, who nearly took the heavyweight crown away from Joe Louis, and a tribute to the recently departed Johnny Unitas, "The Best There Ever Was." Among the sharpest essays is one of the magazine's first, Paul O'Neil's gripping look at the dueling sub-four-minute milers, Roger Bannister and John Landy. Also noteworthy are Robert Creamer's exploration of young southpaw Johnny Podres, whose seventh game shutout in the 1955 World Series enabled the Brooklyn Dodgers to best finally their interborough rivals, the New York Yankees. Dan Jenkins provides a captivating look back at the 1960 U.S. Open championship, when an aging Ben Hogan, younger Arnold Palmer, and a still-too-young Jack Nicklaus engaged in a riveting battle down the stretch. This collection also includes literary luminaries such as Schulberg, Liebling, Stegner, DeLillo, Steinbeck, and Faulkner. Leigh Montville delivers a moving farewell to Boston slugger Ted Williams, while George Plimpton presents his notorious article, "The Curious Case of Sid Finch," the story of the greatest major league prospect who never existed. For public libraries
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Sports Illustrated At Its Best...Mostly June 26 2013
By Andy in Washington - Published on
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If you like the "soft" sports stories in Sports Illustrated, you will like this book. If you don't like them, you will hate this book. It is really that simple. The book is a collection of stories from SI, pretty evenly scattered through the decades from the 50's to the present.

=== The Good Stuff ===

* There is a nice variety of stories, and some from just about every sport. Many famous athletes are profiled, including Johnny Unitas, Andre Agassi, Larry Bird- and some not so famous ones as well such as the Negro League's Josh Gibson and several Kenyan distance runners.

* Most of the stories are poignant and capture the raw emotions of people involved. As a rough characterization, many of the stories tend toward the sadder side of things, and more towards the "people" than the "hard sports" reporting. There are, of course, exceptions.

* A couple of the stories are just, in my opinion, knock-it-out-of-the-park Pulitzer Prize caliber. They are first rate narratives, and are among some of the best prose ever written in any genre.

=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===

* The title of the magazine is Sports Illustrated, but this collection, at least on the Kindle, has no graphics or photography.

* It has taken me more years than I care to admit to in order to learn that you don't have to read every story in an anthology. There are some sports that do not interest me. Some of the writer's styles, especially the older stories, are just not what I like to read, and a few of the tales just drag on far too long. So I just skip them, and it makes the book a much more enjoyable experience. I would estimate I probably skipped over about 5% of the total.

* I would change the organization of the book. Near the end is the story of Jill Costello, a crew coxswain from Berkeley. This is just one of the saddest and most emotionally draining stories I have ever read. The problem-there were a couple stories after that, all of which seemed anticlimactic. This should have been the end of the book.
=== Summary ===

I enjoyed the book. It took a while to read- it is a bit on the lengthy side. Most of the stories were excellent, although I skipped a few that just did not appeal to me. I'd recommend it to serious sports fans who are interested in the athletes, but most statistics junkies would probably be happier skipping it. Many of the stories would even appeal to more general interest readers, serving as short biographies or human interest stories.
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The writes are on the spot Sept. 22 2013
By Cornelius J. Wenthen - Published on
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The writing is on the correct oberservations on how things are. The are very concise on how things are. It is a great obervation! It is a great call!It is a read that are great for anytime!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
SI rocks Jan. 28 2013
By Greg Fay - Published on
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as usual ... SI put out a great collection of short stories / articles ... love the historical footnotes and references
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great gift idea March 21 2008
By H. Landman - Published on
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I got this for my sports fanatic son. He read it cover to cover and quotes it all the time. What a nice gift for the sports fan.
I don't get it Feb. 20 2014
By 1more - Published on
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This is the trade paper edition, nicely done customer service as usual This
was also in great condition , Thank you.
My question remains- Since I found out
AFTER the fact purchase that this is a Kindle Matchbook I have since checked
before purchase for indication of same
for the last 4 months and found no
notice posted. Guess how many i 'be
found ? None. What 'a up with this,
Amazon ?

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