Beyond the Game: The Collected Sportswriting of Gary Smith

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Grove Press, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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Gary Smith is one of the most accomplished sports journalists working today, a three-time National Magazine Award winner who has been selected in a poll of Associated Press editors as the sportswriter they'd most like to hire. In Beyond the Game, Gary Smith has brought together his greatest stories, from the inspiring account of basketball coach Jim Valvano's courageous battle against cancer, to an unforgettable tale of a remote valley in Bolivia that plays host to an unusual annual ritual in which the men of rival villages engage in a riotous all-day fistfight. Beyond the Game is not only a collection of great sportswriting; it is a collection of great writing, period. Each of Smith's stories -- of dreams and fears, failure and triumph, self-destruction and salvation -- will profoundly touch you and remain with you long after you have closed the pages of the book.
 

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Sports Illustrated regularly publishes lengthy feature articles in the back of the magazine that cover offbeat topics often only tangentially connected to the winning and losing world of sports. Smith ... Read full review

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Smith is the best storyteller in sports journalism today. In an age where we move on to the next big thing in the time it takes an anchor to spout a catchphrase, Smith's dedication to story, craft and voice are so refreshing. I'll read anything he writes just because his byline is on the piece. Read full review

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Contents

Damned Yankee
1
Ali and His Entourage
24
Home Run Fever
52
Tyson the Timid Tyson the Terrible
67
Someone to Lean On
87
True Lies
99
Shadow of a Nation
116
The Ripples from Little Lake Nellie
139
Eyes of the Storm
162
The Fiesta in the Town of Ghosts
182
Out of the Shadows
194
An Exclusive Club
216
Crime and Punishment
234
A Letter from South America
263
As Time Runs Out
270
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