Category Archives: Sports

The Summer Game – Roger Angell (1972)

June 11, 1972: “The Summer Game provides such finely observed and finely written reportage on major‐league baseball during the past decade that I hope it will triumph over certain of its disadvantages. One is that it is a collection of … Continue reading

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The Hemingway Marlin Fish Tournament

Joe Russell and Ernest Hemingway with a marlin, Havana Harbor, 1932 (young man at left not identified). “On March 4, 1960, the French freighter La Coubre, delivering Belgian arms to Havana Harbor, exploded, killing 101 people. Fidel Castro immediately denounced … Continue reading

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The Night the Ali-Liston Fight Came to Lewiston

The heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stood over Sonny Liston in the first round of their title fight in Lewiston, Me., on May 25, 1965, and was heard to say, “Get up and fight, sucker!” “LEWISTON, Me. — A couple of … Continue reading

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How Tom Wolfe Became … Tom Wolfe

Wolfe, by Irving Penn, in 1966. The writer had already become “the object of a cult.” “I was 11 or maybe 12 years old when I discovered my parents’ bookshelves. They’d been invisible right up to the moment someone or … Continue reading

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Packers sweep

“The Packers sweep, also known as the Lombardi sweep, is an American football play popularized by Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. The Packers sweep is based on the sweep, a football play that involves a back taking a handoff … Continue reading

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Expo 67

“The 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67, as it was commonly known, was a general exhibition, Category One World’s Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It is considered to be the … Continue reading

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‘Shoot them for what?’ How Muhammad Ali won his greatest fight

Former Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown presides over a meeting of athletes who supported boxer Muhammad Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam on June 4, 1967. In the front row: Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown … Continue reading

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