this is the 62nd in my series of forgotten books
The Red Smith Reader by Red Smith, edited by Dave Anderson, forward by Terence Smith, Random House 1982 hardcover – sports
With the summer upon us and baseball in (excuse this) full swing, I thought it was time for something of a sports nature, and what could be better than a book collecting 128 columns of one of the great sports writers of our times, or perhaps of times recently gone by, as newspaper sport columnists are a rare breed these days, having been replaced by 100-word opinion bits on websites and blogs.
Not so here. While Smith covered all the major sports and sports events, I’m of the opinion that his columns on baseball, of which there are many in this collection, are his best work. If you prefer another sport you’ll find things to please you here as well: the book is divided into these sections:
Olympics, Racing, Football, Baseball, Politics, Other Sports, Fishing, Offbeat, Boxing, Pals, Collegues and Himself
That’s a breath over 300 pages, 128 columns by – yes, I know I’m repeating myself here, but these are really terrific columns on the topics of sport – by perhaps the greatest sports columnist to ever pound a typewriter. This is a really good book to put on the nightstand or near your favorite chair to dip into one an afternoon or night, but be warned, you may find yourself continuing past that one column a day. These are kind of habit forming.
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All the Friday Forgotten Books can be found at the blog of Patti Abbott, Pattinase.