One Last Read

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-09-28
  • Publisher: Temple Univ Pr
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In a career that has spanned over thirty five years, Ray Didinger has seen and written about every sport, team, and athlete that has made a mark in American and the world. In this collection of profiles, articles, and columns from his days in the Bulletin, the Daily News and through his current life on television and film, Ray Didinger takes his readers to the major moments and events that have measure the life of sports in Philadelphia, this country, and the world.From Didinger's earliest days covering the Eagles, to the highs when Philadelphia was a city of champions (and the lows in between),One Last Readis an absorbing journey through the education of a writer and the love this city has always had with sports. Included in this collection or profiles of athletes, essays on professional wrestling, opinion pieces on the Phillies, the Sixers, the Flyers, and of course the Eagles. Didinger's introduction gives the reader the story of his professional life, how he became a beat writer, a columnist, and eventually a producer for NFL Films.One Last Readis a treasure trove of stories for every fan of Philadelphia sports, and a snapshot of a city that lives and dies by its teams. More than anything, it is also a representation of some of the most brilliant writing from one of the finest sportswriters Philadelphia has every produced. If you lived through the moments Didinger describes in his essays, you will relive them with intensity; if you are too young to remember, Didinger will take you through the triumphs, follies, and tragedies of Philadelphia and American sports with the mastery of a great storyteller.

Author Biography

Ray Didinger has won four Emmy Awards as a writer and producer at NFL Films. Before that, he was a reporter covering the National Football League for The Philadelphia Bulletin, and later The Philadelphia Daily News. In 1995 he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Dick McCann Memorial Award for long and distinguished reporting of pro football. He is the author (with Robert S. Lyons) of The Eagles Encyclopedia, and a weekly commentator and panelist on Comcast SportsNet's Post Game Live show during the football season.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
The Home Town Teams The Eagles
Bednarik's Legend Etched in Concrete
Vince Papale Ain't Just Another Bum from the Neighborhood Anymore
Wilbert has a Mom that Frets
A Real Philadelphia Kind of Win
Introducing Tommy McDonald at the Pro Football Hall of Fame
The New Dick Vermeil - Who is He?
Reggie White The Phillies
Phillies are Rosel-less and Red-Faced
Maddox Takes Ride of His Life
Walk-ing into the Series Spotlight
McGraw's Retirement Tugs at Heartstrings
The End is Here
Lieberthal Receiving Good Reviews The Flyers
For Hard Luck Parent, Another Damaging Blow
Stickle: It Could have been Worse
In Flin Flon, They Knew He'd be Great
Hextall's Goal Always was to be in Goal
Flyer's Shining Moment Tarnished Before Game The Sixers
Moses Makes His Private Life Most Valuable
This One's for You, Jack McMahon
Erving Can't Make Sense of It All
Barkley Uncomfortable with Life in the Glare of the Spotlight
American Sports at Home and in the World Football
The Black Athlete: Jackie Robinson? He Wasn't the First
America's Team: Cowboys Corral a Nation
Montana Magic
The Shulas Always have Felt at Home Near the Gridiron
Elevating Frankford
Just a Truck Drivin' Man
Passing of the Chief Marks the End of an Era
Larry Brown: King of the Hill Baseball
Aaron's Numbers Speak for Him
Munson: A Man of No Frills
The 500 Club
Fernando has been Touched by God Olympics
Thorpe Nets Golden Debt
Decker Runs Armed with a Killer Instinct
Huber Junks Diet for Taste of Gold
Teti Always Seems to Stand Out on Rowing Team 1980 - The Year That Was
A Cure for America's BluesIs Rosie a Real Winner?
Flyers Lose to Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals
"The Officials Killed Us," Snider Sizzles
Fans Roar Tells Jack He's Back
Winning Makes It All Worthwhile
Duran Calls It Quits
A Real Philadelphia Kind of Win
Jim Plunkett's Journey Ends in Triumph
Facts and Opinion Profiles
Alcorn's Battle Over
Jim Tyrer Story Ultimate Tragedy
Their Hearts Belong to Daddy Mass
Hard Man to Please, Tough Man to Beat
Sugar Ray Pulls People Together
Waterboy Reaches Hall of Fame
Best of All Time?: Bird's Genius Puts Him in Rarified Aire
Climbing Capitol Hill
Abolition of Boxing Wouldn't be Jake
I'm not a Whiner Opinion
Phillies Left Red-faced and Rose-less
NFL Should Sack Tose
The Real World of Professional Football
Working Up a Strong Hate
Woody Hayes Doesn't Merit an Appreciative Audience
A Sense of Perspective
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