This collection plus an easy chair on a chilly evening will provide the broad-gauge sports fan with many happy hours in that muscular Valhalla where the immortals perform the impossible-- or, at worst, the improbable. The two dozen stories cover the spectrum: Nagurski to Tom McNeeley. There is inevitably a certain unevenness, based on the writer's skill, the depth of the treatment, and, subjectively, on the reader's individual interest. Roy Terrell's cricket piece is charming and Gerald Holland's portrait of Mr. Rickey brings to life a great sports executive. In general the most effective stories are those which focus on a sport or an event, rather than a single personality. Some of the latter come dangerously/close to the ho-hum level. But let's not cavil: it's a fine assortment which would make a good gift for the fan of age 12 and up.