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"The sporting life in all its myriad glories can be found in this exhilarating, one-of-a-kind collection. Mr. Aymar has covered the field of challenge and competition as no one has ever done before." —Donald Honig, author of Baseball: The Illustrated History of America's Game
A monumental anthology covering the literature of sports, from the funeral games of Homer to the American World Series today, Men in Sports includes Mary Renault's telling of an exciting day at the Olympic Games of 520 B.C., Stirling Moss's thousand-mile auto race, Ring Lardner's Horseshoes, James Dickey's harrowing account of canoes capsizing in the rapids, George Plimpton's The Five-Play Quarterback, Pele at soccer, Colin Fletcher's wilderness walking, Norman Mailer's coverage of the Paterson-Liston fight, Sydney Franklin's decision to become a bull-fighter, Dick Francis's horse-racing story The Day of the Losers, the climax of Trevanian's mountain-climbing classic Descent from the Eiger, John McPhee's tennis coverage of Arthur Ashe vs. Clark Graebner at Forest Hills, and Alan Sillitoe's The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner.
There are unusual selections featuring many other sports, including archery, ballooning, bicycling, billiards, boating, fishing, golf, hockey, hunting, jai alai, polo, rowing, scuba diving, skiing, surf-riding, swimming, track, wrestling, and yachting. Men in Sports is an omnibus anthology offering hours of fascinating, exciting reading for sports enthusiasts of all ages.