BEYOND THE DREAM: Occasional Heroes in American Sport by Ira Berkow

BEYOND THE DREAM: Occasional Heroes in American Sport

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Author Berkow's newspaper columns are pleasingly atypical sports stories--pithy human interest vignettes with the focus on the athlete rather than his performance. Among the 73 assorted pieces are profiles of Dan Gable, a college wrestler having doubts about himself after losing a match following 181 straight wins; a lucky Marshall University football player not with the team when their plane crashed in 1970; sprinter John Carlos, an undesirable after his black-gloved Black Power salute during the '68 Olympics; and the ""bittersweet memories"" of controversial baseball slugger Roger Maris. Other headliners include golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez, pool shark Steve Mizerak, miler Jim Ryun, professional ""rassler"" Bruno Sammartino, retired Triple Crown winner (1948) Citation, one-armed St. Louis outfielder Pete Gray, swimming champ Johnny Weismuller, sports aficionado Marianne Moore, and boxer Carmino Vingo, who was partially paralyzed when Rocky Marciano floored him in '49. Diverting appetizers with occasional truffles.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1975
Publisher: Atheneum