Download American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith by Red Smith PDF

By Red Smith

Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith was once the main commonly learn sportswriter of the final century and the 1st to win the Pulitzer Prize for observation. From the Nineteen Forties to the Eighties, his nationally syndicated columns for the New York bring in Tribune and later for The big apple Times traversed the area of activities with literary panache and wry humor. “I’ve regularly had the notion,” Smith as soon as stated, “that humans visit spectator activities to celebrate after which they seize the paper to examine it and feature enjoyable again.” Now, author and editor Daniel Okrent offers the easiest of Smith’s inimitable columns—miniature masterpieces that set the most advantageous for sportswriting.

Spanning approximately fifty years and amassing many hard-to-find items, American Pastimes contains indelible profiles of activities luminaries, which express Smith’s present for distilling a career’s essence right into a few hundred phrases. Unforgettable money owed of ancient occasions—Bobby Thomson’s Shot Heard ’Round the area, Don Larsen’s excellent online game within the 1956 international sequence, the 1st Ali–Frazier struggle, the loss of life of Seabiscuit—are joined via extra offbeat tales that exhibit Smith’s unmistakable wit, intelligence, and breadth of feeling. the following, too, are extra own glimpses into Smith’s lifestyles and paintings, printed in items on his lifelong ardour for fishing and in “My Press-Box Memoirs,” a 1975 memory for Esquire amassed the following for the 1st time.

Daniel Okrent, quantity editor, is the writer of numerous books, together with the baseball vintage Nine Innings and, so much lately, Last name: the increase and Fall of Prohibition, which received the Albert J. Beveridge prize, offered through the yankee ancient organization to the year’s most sensible ebook in American background. He has coedited The final Baseball Book and Baseball Anecdotes and is the writer of Rotisserie League Baseball and of the WHIP statistic (walks + hits / innings pitched).

The quantity contains an afterword by means of crimson Smith’s son Terence Smith, an award-winning journalist and editor who has labored for The long island Times, CBS information, nationwide Public Radio, and PBS NewsHour.

Source: Retail AZW3 (via library)

Show description

Read or Download American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith PDF

Similar american history books

Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character


America’s self-invented tinkerers are again at it of their metaphorical garages—fiddling with every little thing from solar-powered autos to house elevators. In Bunch of Amateurs, Jack Hitt visits a couple of diversified garages and has written a desirable e-book that appears at America’s present batch of amateurs and their targets. From a tattooed younger girl within the Bay zone attempting to splice a fish’s glow-in-the-dark gene into universal yogurt (all performed in her kitchen utilizing salad spinners)
to an area enthusiast on the point of constructing the following iteration of telescopes from his cellular domestic, Hitt not just tells the tales of individuals within the grip of a fondness yet argues that America’s heritage is sure up in a cycle of novice surges.

Beginning with Ben Franklin’s kite and prime the entire technique to the present television hit American Idol, Hitt argues that the nation’s
love of self-invented obsessives has continually pushed the rustic to rediscover the real middle of the yank dream. novice ambitions tend to be lamented as an international that simply handed till a Sergey Brin or Mark Zuckerberg steps out of his storage (or dorm room) with the infrequent yet the most important luck tale. In Bunch of Amateurs, Hitt argues that the United States is now poised to pioneer at one other frontier that may lead, yet another time, to the latest model of the yankee dream.

The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom

On June 28, 1839, the Spanish slave schooner Amistad set sail from Havana on a regimen supply of human shipment. On a moonless evening, after 4 days at sea, the captive Africans rose up, killed the captain, and seized regulate of the send. They tried to sail to a secure port, yet have been captured by means of the U.

The Book of Mormon: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

Late one evening in 1823 Joseph Smith, Jr. , used to be reportedly visited in his family's farmhouse in upstate long island by way of an angel named Moroni. in response to Smith, Moroni advised him of a buried stack of gold plates that have been inscribed with a heritage of the Americas' historic peoples, and which might fix the natural Gospel message as Jesus had added it to them. hence started the not likely occupation of the e-book of Mormon, the founding textual content of the Mormon faith, and maybe crucial sacred textual content ever to originate within the usa. the following Paul Gutjahr strains the lifetime of this ebook because it has shaped and fractured various lines of Mormonism and remodeled spiritual expression round the world.

Gutjahr appears at how the ebook of Mormon emerged from the burned-over district of upstate ny, the place revivalist preachers, missionaries, and religious marketers of each stripe vied for the loyalty of settlers desirous to scratch a dwelling from the land. He examines how a booklet that has lengthy been the topic of ridicule--Mark Twain referred to as it "chloroform in print"--has greater than a hundred and fifty million copies in print in additional than 100 languages all over the world. Gutjahr indicates how Smith's influential ebook introduced one of many quickest transforming into new religions on the earth, and has featured in every little thing from comedian books and motion figures to feature-length movies and an award-winning Broadway musical.

Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

Nationwide Bestseller 

In this, the 1st significant single-volume biography of Andrew Jackson in many years, H. W. manufacturers reshapes our realizing of this attention-grabbing guy, and of the Age of Democracy that he ushered in.

An orphan at a tender age and with out formal schooling or the family members lineage of the Founding Fathers, Jackson confirmed that the Presidency used to be now not the particular province of the rich and the well-born yet may possibly really be held by way of a guy of the folk. On an imposing, sweeping scale manufacturers re-creates Jackson’s upward push from his hardscrabble roots to his days as frontier attorney, then directly to his heroic victory within the conflict of latest Orleans, and eventually to the White residence. shooting Jackson’s oversized lifestyles and deep effect on American historical past, manufacturers additionally explores his arguable activities, from his unapologetic expansionism to the disgraceful path of Tears. it is a exciting portrait, in complete, of the president who outlined American democracy.

Additional resources for American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith

Example text

The Squaw Man required only 18 days to shoot, and the final film was sent back to New York in early February in the possession of the film’s star, Dustin Farnum. 30 Jesse L. , 1914 (Continued). Before The Squaw Man could be released, a problem with the sprockets on the film had to be corrected at the Lubin Laboratory in Philadelphia. After clearing this final hurdle, the film debuted at the Longacre Theatre in Manhattan on February 17, 1914. That same week, Revier and Burns sold their interest in the Selma Avenue and Vine Street lot to DeMille, and three days later, Lasky traveled west to check out his new studio.

Rarely could a passersby even find a historical plaque at these former sites to be reminded of the magic that once was. As a nod to the past, when Paramount took over the new lot on Marathon Street, a copy of Queen Elizabeth, Zukor’s first hit, was placed inside the cornerstone of the new administration building. Paramount also chose to spare the barn from The Squaw Man from destruction, instead moving it to the new lot, thereby preserving a physical link back to one of the places where the company originated.

That’s because the top floors were used for extras, the middle floors for better-known contract players, and the bottom floors, which were usually better air conditioned, for the stars. Today, the administration building is known as the Sumner Redstone Building. Its lobby displays an impressive collection of many of the 12 Best Picture Academy Awards the studio has won throughout its history. 62 Dressing Rooms, 1927. Running perpendicular to the administration building are the dressing rooms, seen above in this still from Afraid To Love (1927), starring Clive Brook (center) and Florence Vidor.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.51 of 5 – based on 23 votes