This- for the general reader interested in sports stories- doesn't measure up the first Sports Reader. Could it be a growing cynicism- or simply that these stories are more truly keyed to Esquire audience? Almost all of them give the seamy sordid side-most of them are tawdry. There's a grisly hunting story to start with, a guide plots death for the boss who offended him, and is caught in the act. There are numerous prize fight stories- big boxers are ""fixed""; one good one, Rose Into Cauliflower has a new slant. There are anticlimaxes,- a pilot breaks an altitude record- but dies as aftermath; a kid practises with knives to be a bull fighter and is killed. The first half of the book seems wholly in this vein; the last half offers some measure of relief, with even a few stories of sports for sports sake. Authors include Hemingway, Gallico, Aiken, Scott Fitzgerald, etc.