Thursday, September 30, 2021

Review of "Great Sports Stories From Sports Illustrated," edited by Robert Vitarelli

 Review of

Great Sports Stories From Sports Illustrated, edited by Robert Vitarelli

Four out of five stars

Stories not great, but coverage is

 There are seventeen short stories in this book, none of which can be considered great. Three of the stories cover some of the all-time greats, Babe Ruth, Red Grange and Joe DiMaggio. Those stories are of average quality. What makes this book interesting is in the coverage of other people in sports that most people have never heard of.

 There is coverage of the day when journeyman golfer Lee Mackey Jr. shot a record 64 in a U.S. Open tournament round, his only major achievement in golf. There is the game in 1895 considered to be the birth of professional football, Madame Anderson, a female marathon walker, Annie Smith Peck, mountaineer extraordinaire, the first ever rodeo with prize money in 1883 and Frank Lockhart who died trying to set a new land speed record.

 Some people try to restrict the definition of sports to those that are popular. One of the best aspects of Sports Illustrated is that they cover many different sports as well as both genders. This book demonstrates that characteristic.

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