Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand: Portraits of Champions Who Walked Among Us

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U of Nebraska Press, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 318 pages
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"John Schulian, a much-honored sportswriter for nearly forty years, takes us back to a time when our greatest athletes stood before us as human beings, not remote gods. In this compelling collection, Schulian paints prose portraits to remind fans of what today's cloistered stars won't share with them. Here, Willie Mays remembers how to smile in dreaded retirement; Muhammad Ali muses about a world that was once his. For every moment of triumph--Joe Montana in the Super Bowl, Marvelous Marvin Hagler over Thomas Hearns--there is another filled with the heartache that Pete Maravich felt when he hung up his basketball shoes. The result is a book guaranteed to stir memories for the generation that was--and to leave subsequent generations wishing they had it so good"--Provided by publisher.
  

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User Review  - Mario - Goodreads

Collections of a sportswriter who worked in a in a time where boxing, baseball and horseracing (in that order) were kings. Read full review

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User Review  - Jim Blessing - Goodreads

This book was mildly amusing, but was outdated, since most of the stories were written in the last 1970's and early 1980's. My favorite was about Oscar Charleston, the Negro League Hall-of-Famer baseball player, who is buried in Indianapolis. Read full review

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Contents

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Hoops and Horses and Everything in Between
173
Arts and Letters
229
Sweet Scientists
255
Source Acknowledgments
315
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About the author (2011)

John Schulian’s work has been included in Best American Sports Writing and Sports Illustrated’s Fifty Years of Great Writing. His many books include The John Lardner Reader and Twilight of the Long-Ball Gods: Dispatches from the Disappearing Heart of Baseball, both available in Bison Books editions. William Nack is the author of Secretariat: The Making of a Champion and Ruffian: A Racetrack Romance.

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