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Title Last King of the Sports Page
Author Ted Geltner
Publisher University of Missouri Press
Release 2012-06-29
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 296
ISBN 0826272738
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Part crusader, part comedian, Jim Murray was a once-in-a-generation literary talent who just happened to ply his trade on newsprint, right near the box scores and race results. During his lifetime, Murray rose through the ranks of journalism, from hard-bitten 1940s crime reporter, to national Hollywood correspondent, to the top sports columnist in the United States. In Last King of the Sports Page: The Life and Career of Jim Murray, Ted Geltner chronicles Jim Murray’s experiences with twentieth-century American sports, culture, and journalism. At the peak of his influence, Murray was published in more than 200 newspapers. From 1961 to 1998, Murray penned more than 10,000 columns from his home base at the Los Angeles Times. His offbeat humor and unique insight made his column a must-read for millions of sports fans. He was named Sportswriter of the Year an astounding fourteen times, and his legacy was cemented when he became one of only four writers to receive the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for coverage of sports. Geltner now gives readers a first look at Murray’s personal archives and dozens of fresh interviews with sports and journalism personalities, including Arnold Palmer, Mario Andretti, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Yogi Berra, Frank Deford, Rick Reilly, Dan Jenkins, Roy Firestone, and many more. Throughout his life, Murray chronicled seminal events and figures in American culture and history, and this biography details his encounters with major figures such as William Randolph Hearst, Henry Luce, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, John Wayne, Mickey Mantle, Muhammad Ali, and Tiger Woods. Charming and affecting moments in Murray’s career illustrate the sportswriter’s knack for being in on the big story. Richard Nixon, running for vice president on the Eisenhower ticket in 1952, revealed to Murray the contents of the “Checkers” speech so it could make the Time magazine press deadline. Media mogul Henry Luce handpicked Murray to lead a team that would develop Sports Illustrated for Time/Life in 1953, and when terrorists stormed the Olympic village at the 1972 Munich games, Murray was one of the first journalists to report from the scene. The words of sports journalist Roy Firestone emphasize the influence and importance of Jim Murray on journalism today: “I’ll say without question, I think Jim Murray was every bit as important of a sports writer—forget sport writer—every bit as important a writer to newspapers, as Mark Twain was to literature.” Readers will be entertained and awed by the stories, interviews, and papers of Jim Murray in Last King of the Sports Page.

Sports Journalism by Patrick S. Washburn

Title Sports Journalism
Author Patrick S. Washburn
Publisher U of Nebraska Press
Release 2020-07
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 282
ISBN 1496221915
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Patrick S. Washburn and Chris Lamb tell the full story of the past, the present, and to a degree, the future of American sports journalism. Sports Journalism chronicles how and why technology, religion, social movements, immigration, racism, sexism, social media, athletes, and sportswriters and broadcasters changed sports as well as how sports are covered and how news about sports are presented and disseminated. One of the influential factors in sports coverage is the upswing in the number of women sports reporters in the last forty years. Sports Journalism also examines the ethics of sports journalism, how sports coverage frequently has differed from that of non-sports news, and how the internet has spawned a set of new ethical issues.

Title Last King of the Sports Page
Author Ted Geltner
Publisher
Release 2009
Category
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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ABSTRACT: This dissertation is a biographical and historical narrative covering the first half of the life of journalist and sports columnist Jim Murray, one of only four sports writers to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for journalism. At the height of his career, Murray was syndicated in more than 200 newspapers in North America and was one of the most influential and beloved writers for more than three decades. Using an in-depth analysis of Murray's writing and his archival material, as well as qualitative interviews with his relatives, friends and colleagues, his story is chronicled here. This dissertation follows Murray from his childhood, through his early journalism career in Los Angeles, through his 13 years in the Time/Life Corporation, and finally to his ascension to the position of sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times. While writing for the Times, Murray would become one of the most important journalists on the subject of sports and American culture. The author attempts to illustrate and explain the episodes between 1919 and 1962 that put Murray on the path toward his eventual accomplishments. Further, the author attempts to place in context the times and circumstances in which Murray developed his style, voice, and journalistic philosophy, and examine how those circumstances helped turn him into a nationally prominent sports columnist at the Times.

LA Sports by Wayne Wilson

Title LA Sports
Author Wayne Wilson
Publisher University of Arkansas Press
Release 2018-02-15
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 376
ISBN 1610756290
Language English, Spanish, and French
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LA Sports brings together sixteen essays covering various aspects of the development and changing nature of sport in one of America’s most fascinating and famous cities. The writers cover a range of topics, including the history of car racing and ice skating, the development of sport venues, the power of the Mexican fan base in American soccer leagues, the intersecting life stories of Jackie and Mack Robinson, the importance of the Showtime Lakers, the origins of Muscle Beach and surfing, sport in Hollywood films, and more.

The Last King by Nichelle D. Tramble

Title The Last King
Author Nichelle D. Tramble
Publisher One World/Strivers Row
Release 2009-02-19
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 0307536599
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“After two years of drifting I finally knew there was only one place that could offer me a shot at peace, and that was my hometown. The city was my crossroads, the crooked man with the slanted grin, my temptation, and I wanted to beat it. I wanted to win. . . .” Two years after leaving Oakland, Maceo Redfield returns to the city, where NBA All-Star Cornelius “Cotton” Knox has become tangled up in the murder of a local call girl. What could easily become a story for the tabloids turns personal when Maceo realizes that his estranged friend Holly Ford has also been linked to the crime. Maceo’s guilt at disappearing, coupled with a heartfelt plea for help from his Aunt Cissy, becomes a potent combination for a man seeking redemption. Taking it upon himself to clear his friend, Maceo stays one step ahead of the police as he traverses the dark corners of the San Francisco Bay Area. And in his quest for the truth, Maceo teams with a sultry con artist named Sonny Boston, “an eight-cylinder chick with bodies in her past.” While navigating the shifting alliances of a territory war, Maceo must also fight off an unseen enemy, a ruthless man with connections to Oakland, who came to town with two things in mind: destroying Holly and eliminating anybody who gets in his way.

Title The Routledge Companion to American Literary Journalism
Author William E. Dow
Publisher Routledge
Release 2019-11-13
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 558
ISBN 1315525992
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Taking a thematic approach, this new companion provides an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and international study of American literary journalism. From the work of Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman to that of Joan Didion and Dorothy Parker, literary journalism is a genre that both reveals and shapes American history and identity. This volume not only calls attention to literary journalism as a distinctive genre but also provides a critical foundation for future scholarship. It brings together cutting-edge research from literary journalism scholars, examining historical perspectives; themes, venues, and genres across time; theoretical approaches and disciplinary intersections; and new directions for scholarly inquiry. Provoking reconsideration and inquiry, while providing new historical interpretations, this companion recognizes, interacts with, and honors the tradition and legacies of American literary journalism scholarship. Engaging the work of disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, African American studies, gender studies, visual studies, media studies, and American studies, in addition to journalism and literary studies, this book is perfect for students and scholars of those disciplines.

Title Black Noon The Year They Stopped the Indy 500
Author Art Garner
Publisher Macmillan
Release 2014-05-06
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 352
ISBN 1250017785
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Winner of the 2014 Dean Batchelor Award, Motor Press Guild "Book of the Year" Before noon on May 30th, 1964, the Indy 500 was stopped for the first time in history by an accident. Seven cars had crashed in a fiery wreck, killing two drivers, and threatening the very future of the 500. Black Noon chronicles one of the darkest and most important days in auto-racing history. As rookie Dave MacDonald came out of the fourth turn and onto the front stretch at the end of the second lap, he found his rear-engine car lifted by the turbulence kicked up from two cars he was attempting to pass. With limited steering input, MacDonald lost control of his car and careened off the inside wall of the track, exploding into a huge fireball and sliding back into oncoming traffic. Closing fast was affable fan favorite Eddie Sachs. "The Clown Prince of Racing" hit MacDonald's sliding car broadside, setting off a second explosion that killed Sachs instantly. MacDonald, pulled from the wreckage, died two hours later. After the track was cleared and the race restarted, it was legend A. J. Foyt who raced to a decisive, if hollow, victory. Torn between elation and horror, Foyt, along with others, championed stricter safety regulations, including mandatory pit stops, limiting the amount a fuel a car could carry, and minimum-weight standards. In this tight, fast-paced narrative, Art Garner brings to life the bygone era when drivers lived hard, raced hard, and at times died hard. Drawing from interviews, Garner expertly reconstructs the fateful events and decisions leading up to the sport's blackest day, and the incriminating aftermath that forever altered the sport. Black Noon remembers the race that changed everything and the men that paved the way for the Golden Age of Indy car racing.

Blood Bone and Marrow by Ted Geltner

Title Blood Bone and Marrow
Author Ted Geltner
Publisher Univ of Georgia Press+ORM
Release 2016-05-15
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 453
ISBN 0820349240
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“Brilliantly renders the life of the late writer Harry Crews . . . It captures the wild spirit of an unflinching American writer.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) In 2010, Ted Geltner drove to Gainesville, Florida, to pay a visit to Harry Crews and ask the legendary author if he would be willing to be the subject of a literary biography. His health rapidly deteriorating, Crews told Geltner he was on board and would even sit for interviews and tell his stories one last time. “Ask me anything you want, bud,” Crews said. “But you’d better do it quick.” The result is Blood, Bone, and Marrow, the first full-length biography of one of the most unlikely figures in twentieth-century American literature, a writer who emerged from a dirt-poor South Georgia tenant farm and went on to create a singularly unique voice of fiction. With books such as Scar Lover, Body, and Naked in Garden Hills, Crews opened a new window into southern life, focusing his lens on the poor and disenfranchised, the people who skinned the hogs and tended the fields, the “grits,” as Crews affectionately called his characters and himself. He lived by a code of his own design, flouting authority and baring his soul, and the stories of his whiskey-and-blood-soaked lifestyle created a myth to match any of his fictional creations. His outlaw life, his distinctive voice and the context in which he lived combine to form the elements of a singularly compelling narrative about an underappreciated literary treasure. “Harry Crews led a big, strange, sad and somehow very American life. It is well told here.”—The New York Times

King of the Holly Hop by Les Roberts

Title King of the Holly Hop
Author Les Roberts
Publisher Gray & Company, Publishers
Release
Category Fiction
Total Pages
ISBN 1598510908
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Milan Jacovich investigates after a leading cardiologist is killed, and a classmate is suspected, at St. Claire High School's fortieth reunion.

The Road to the NBA by Curtis Carter

Title The Road to the NBA
Author Curtis Carter
Publisher Xlibris Corporation
Release 2005-07-01
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 612
ISBN 1413474306
Language English, Spanish, and French
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THE ROAD TO THE NBA is a book about heart, drive and internal motivation, when going the standard route is unavailable. It captures and conveys the experiences of one man's unwavering ability to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA, despite being faced with adversity and disappointment, both on and off the court. THE ROAD TO THE NBA is captivating, informative and heart wrenching. It encourages the reader to "never give up" on their own dreams, whatever they may be. The example of how to get back up and brush yourself off, each and every time you're knocked down, disappointed, disenfranchised and/or disqualified, is demonstrated on the pages of this must read. THE ROAD TO THE NBA is intended to create, in the lives of each and every person who reads it, the same spirit of hope, strength and motivation found in its pages. It is the Author's desire that you the reader catch hold of that spirit. Quite frankly this book is absolutely Fabulous! There is no book like it in all of professional basketball. Once you start reading it you will never want to stop. This is as intellectual, emotional, motivational, and triumphant as it get´s in the game of life. The book is amazing! And very thought provoking. The reality kept me glued to the pages. I highly recommend this book. -Charmane Townsell, Sheriff´s Depart. Employee. Educational, Refreshing, and Bones Reality! -Paul Higgins, Award Winning T.V. Producer. I can see what a tough life is, to search a dream or just to survive. I am very glad for you. You are an example of Determination. -Eneko Herreros, Pro Basketball Coach, Spain

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