Fourteenth in the series -- this annual once again collects the best sports stories in newspapers and magazines, the best...

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BEST SPORTS STORIES: 1958 Edition

Fourteenth in the series -- this annual once again collects the best sports stories in newspapers and magazines, the best photographs- thirty in all- and the listings For the Record of the championships won in every field of sport. The judges- John Chamberlain, John Hutchens and Bob Considine -- awarded the ""bests"" to two old timers, Jesse Abramson, with his third winner, for the story on the Robinson-Basilio fight; and Dick Young with a unanimous first for his story on the last game the Brooklyn Dodgers played at Ebbetts Field. News in a newcomer- magazine award- goes to Turnley Walker for his superb fight story, Fighting Man from Pageant. The individual box scores, given in the preface, suggest leads for further sampling of the wares:-Spencer's Man Fights Boy; Lynch's Confession at the Downs; Lessner's The Man Who Inherited Death, which this reader thought one of the most powerful stories of the lot. On the whole the action stories of baseball, football, golf, tennis, basketball, hockey seem destined for largely an expert- albeit the armchair variety- reading public, while the racing stories- horse racing or car racing, the fight stories, the fishing stories offer more human interest and color and drama for the uninitiate. A good collection, with perhaps less pull at the heart strings than some of the earlier ones - less, too, of humor. The coverage is nationwide, and includes some dozen or more newspapers and a half dozen magazines.

Pub Date: June 20, 1958

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Dutton

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1958