By Robert Lipsyte
A long-time activities columnist for the 'New York occasions' combines own tales with the occasions he has coated, discussing how 'Jock tradition' has permeated enterprise, politics, and family members existence, and the way its definitions became the normal to degree worth
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There was emotional corruption as well. Players and reporters stayed at the same hotels on the road and traveled together, on trains and later on chartered planes. “Sports of the Times” columnist Arthur Daley referred to his newspaper colleagues as “lodge brothers,” which was accurate. They were all male and white, and, with the exception of the few athletic and journalistic superstars, pretty much all the players and reporters were in the same struggling economic class. There was a community of interest.
Even before his official appointment, Jim Roach was instrumental in sending Gay to Arizona to cover the Giants’ first spring training as San Francisco’s new team. Gay raised the mark for spring training coverage, wrapping the statistics and meaningless game detail inside feature stories. He found desperate rookies and sage old-timers ready to talk about their need for “security” in their lives and chronicled a new “gray-flannel-suit” generation that subscribed to The Wall Street Journal and wouldn’t spike their mother even if she was rounding third with the winning run.
So I made some phone calls, sent some e-mails, Googled and Facebooked. No Willie. So for now I’ll just keep Willie in his little room in my mind until I need him again. I’m sure I will. Chapter Two The Piper When I was twenty-five,” wrote my idol Gay Talese of his early New York Times career, “I was chasing stray cats around Manhattan. . ” When I was nineteen, in 1957, I was chasing Gay Talese. I was a copyboy in the Times sports department, and Gay was a sports reporter whose feature stories were turning the so-called Old Gray Lady into Technicolor.
An accidental sportswriter : a memoir by Robert Lipsyte