The Silent Season of a Hero; The Sports Writing of Gay Talese

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  • Copyright: 9/28/2010
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One of America's most acclaimed writers and journalists, Gay Talese has been fascinated by sports throughout his life. At age fifteen he became a sports reporter for his Ocean City High School newspaper; four years later, as sports editor of the University of Alabama's Crimson-White, he began to employ devices more common in fiction, such as establishing a "scene" with minute details---a technique that would later make him famous. Later, as a sports reporter for theNew York Times, Talese was drawn to individuals at poignant and vulnerable moments rather than to the spectacle of sports. Boxing held special appeal, and his Esquire pieces on Joe Louis and Floyd Patterson in decline won praise, as would his later essay "Ali in Havana,"chronicling Muhammad Ali's visit to Fidel Castro. His profile of Joe DiMaggio, "The Silent Season of a Hero," perfectly captured the great player in his remote retirement, and displayed Talese's journalistic brilliance, for it grew out of his on-the-ground observation of the Yankee Clipper rather than from any interview. More recently, Talese traveled to China to track down and chronicle the female soccer player who missed a penalty kick that would have won China the World Cup. Chronicling Talese's writing over more than six decades, from high school and college columns to his signature adult journalism and including several never-before-published pieces (such as one on sports anthropology), a new introduction by the author, and notes on the background of each piece,The Silent Season of a Hero is a unique and indispensable collection for sports fans and those who enjoy the heights of journalism.

Author Biography

Gay Talese is the internationally acclaimed and bestselling author of Unto the Sons, Honor Thy Father, Thy Neighbor's Wife, A Writer's Life, The Kingdom and the Power, The Bridge, and The Gay Talese Reader. He lives in New York City and Ocean City, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Sports Gay-zingp. 17
Short Shots in Sundry Sectionsp. 21
Talking Basketball with Angelo Musip. 25
The Locker Roomp. 29
An Afternoon on the Football Fieldp. 33
The .200 Hitterp. 37
The Loneliest Guy in Boxingp. 41
N.Y.U. Wins Despite 2-Way Freezep. 49
Judy Is Many Things, Mostly Frankp. 51
It's a Wonderful Whirl to Gerryp. 55
Portrait of a Young Prize Fighterp. 57
Garden Horseshoer Works Fastp. 60
Last of Bare-Knuckle Fighters Still Spry at 93p. 62
Troupe of Midget Wrestlers Won't Work for Small Changep. 65
Barbell King: Muscle Over Mindp. 68
Dentist Puts the Bite in the Fightp. 70
Timekeeper as Quiet as a Clockp. 73
Diamonds Are a Boy's Best Friendp. 75
On the Road, Going Nowhere, With the Yankeesp. 83
Notes from the Tripp. 88
The Story Behind the Signal To Brush Back Cliff Johnsonp. 95
Race, Reporters and Responsibilityp. 104
The Fighter's Sonp. 108
The Loserp. 111
Portrait of the Ascetic Champp. 113
Patterson, Indifferent at first, Finally Turns on Barking Dogp. 123
Liston Aides Extol His Gaiety, Benevolence and Ruggednessp. 127
Patterson Has 4 Friends, Too, But He'll Have to Fight Alonep. 129
Champion Talks About Sleep and Rain and Watches His Entourage Close Campp. 132
Floyd Caught by 'a Good Punch'p. 135
Masked Ex-Championp. 137
The Loserp. 141
Stories With Real Namesp. 167
The Caddie-A Non-Alger Storyp. 169
Suspicious Man In the Champ's Cornerp. 175
Dr. Birdwhistell and the Athletesp. 186
Joe Louis: The King as a Middle-Aged Manp. 201
Silent Season of a Herop. 218
Architect of the Fairwaysp. 246
Eric and Beth Heiden: A Bond of Blood on Skatesp. 255
The Kick She Missedp. 261
The Greatestp. 273
Ali in Havanap. 275
Overtimep. 303
Swan Song for Gay Talesep. 305
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