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Jacques Plante

“Joseph Jacques Omer Plante (…January 17, 1929 – February 27, 1986) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. During a career lasting from 1947 to 1975, he was considered to be one of the most important innovators in hockey. He … Continue reading

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Another Side of Kerouac: The Dharma Bum as Sports Nut

“Almost all his life Jack Kerouac had a hobby that even close friends and fellow Beats like Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs never knew about. He obsessively played a fantasy baseball game of his own invention, charting the exploits … Continue reading

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Roger Maris’s Misunderstood Quest to Break the Home Run Record

Allen Barra (Jul 27, 2011): “Fifty summers ago, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle were chasing Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in a single season, and the country was enthralled. (The overwhelming number of Yankee fans were rooting for … Continue reading

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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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