Shirley Povich has been a long time sportswriter for the Washington Post and everybody knows and likes him (he was at one point wrongly included in the Who's Who of American Women). This is a play-by-play replay of his life, from caddy in Bar Harbor, Maine, to copyboy and finally sports correspondent on this paper where he stayed (in spite of Cissy Patterson's blandishments) although others graduated from it--Bob Considine and Reston and Pegler and Gallico. Prizefights and particularly baseball during its heyday yesterday get most of the linage here--""as a game baseball remains the base"" although it is proving otherwise today when ""the nation's times passed the national pastime"" (this one left us in left field). Anyway his story is told with a loose lip and some of his choicest columns append. . . .