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The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese (2010)

by Gay Talese

Other authors: Michael Rosenwald (Editor)

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Although I check the sports pages of my local paper for baseball scores, I don't read much sports-writing that is not about baseball. The title piece is a profile of Joe DiMaggio fifteen years after his retirement, so technically it is about baseball, but most of these pieces, long or short, are about sports I have little or no interest in. They are fascinating reading, however, because Talese never wrote for sports aficionados. All of these pieces tell stories about people, people as obscure as a boxing timekeeper and as famous as DiMaggio, Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali. Each person is fascinating and each piece is compelling. ( )
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One of America's most acclaimed writers and journalists, Gay Talese has been fascinated by sports throughout his life. At age fifteen he became a sports reporter for his Ocean City High School newspaper; four years later, as sports editor of the University of Alabama's Crimson-White, he began to employ devices more common in fiction, such as establishing a "scene" with minute details—a technique that would later make him famous.

Later, as a sports reporter for the New York Times, Talese was drawn to individuals at poignant and vulnerable moments rather than to the spectacle of sports. Boxing held special appeal, and his Esquire pieces on Joe Louis and Floyd Patterson in decline won praise, as would his later essay "Ali in Havana," chronicling Muhammad Ali's visit to Fidel Castro. His profile of Joe DiMaggio, "The Silent Season of a Hero," perfectly captured the great player in his remote retirement, and displayed Talese's journalistic brilliance, for it grew out of his on-the-ground observation of the Yankee Clipper rather than from any interview. More recently, Talese traveled to China to track down and chronicle the female soccer player who missed a penalty kick that would have won China the World Cup.

Chronicling Talese's writing over more than six decades, from high school and college columns to his signature adult journalism— and including several never-before-published pieces (such as one on sports anthropology), a new introduction by the author, and notes on the background of each piece—The Silent Season of a Hero is a unique and indispensable collection for sports fans and those who enjoy the heights of journalism.

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Chronicles the writing of the legendary sports journalist, from his first high school job, to becoming the sports reporter for the New York Times, including his pieces on Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali's visit to Fidel Castro and never-before-published articles.… (more)

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