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Red Smith on Baseball: The Game's Greatest Writer on the Game's Greatest Years

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
August Adolphus Busch Jr., the new president of the Cardinals, is a chubby gentleman called Gussie, about the size of a St. Louis brewer. He has horn-rimmed glasses, a zillion dollars and an air of pleased bewilderment. He rides to the hounds and travels by bus." It's not hard to pluck a memorable passage from the sportswriting of Red Smith. In more than fifty years as a n ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published December 17th 2001 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published 2000)
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Henry Sturcke
May 16, 2015 Henry Sturcke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roger Angell is the greatest writer ever on baseball, but he wrote his essays for the demanding standards and generous deadlines of the New Yorker. Writing for a newspaper is another challenge, and I don't know of another writer who consistently excelled in that format more than Red Smith. But he loses a star for the repetitive variations on the theme of the end of season pile-up on the pitcher's mound at the end of the last game of the World Series, as well as for worshiping at the altars of Di ...more
Mark
Aug 06, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing
Required reading for a baseball fan. Red Smith's voice and style is rich and as alluring as any stanza of poetry or piece of music.

Also, though, it's a peek at notable moments in history, like, the breaking of the color line by Jackie Robinson, Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Around The World," Ed "Whitey" Ford's notable coming out party in the World Series, the scouting of Henry Aaron, Mickey Mantle's rookie year and more.

Smith, for being an old timer, proves to be a progressive fellow, although
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Billy Reed
Jan 01, 2014 Billy Reed rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of knowing Red. He's still the standard for graceful, intelligent sports writing.
Michael Van Beek
Jan 08, 2014 Michael Van Beek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best baseball writer I've ever read. Classic lines that make you laugh out loud.
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It was OK. If you're a Brooklyn Dodgers or Yankees fan, you'd probably think it was great. His writing was a little hard to follow at times.
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Dec 28, 2013 Jon Aingeru rated it really liked it
Awesome writing. It's like travelling through 40 years of baseball
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