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Scribe : my life in sports
Ryan, Bob, 1946-
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First U.S. Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
Physical Description:
326 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
A respected sportswriter for the "Boston Globe" traces his early love of sports, experiences as a dedicated fan, and human observations behind pivotal sports moments. --Publisher's description.
General Note:
Includes index.
Shootaround: "Do you mind if I call red first?" -- "The sportster" -- Trenton born -- Trenton made -- Boston College -- Becoming a reporter -- Joining the club -- Take me out to the ball game -- "You'd eat that?" -- It was still in my blood -- "Now that's a foul!" -- Time to powder up -- The glorious NBA -- "I'll decide" -- ESPN -- This guy ain't no hick -- The Olympics -- Beat me, whip me, take my picture -- The sub heard round the world -- Smitten by a lady of low repute -- Bob Knight -- I can hardly believe it's legal -- Ending the curse -- Violence mixed with chivalry -- Doc and the 2008 champs -- The prince of pessimism -- Michael v. LeBron -- A good walk, always -- Can't live without music -- No complaints -- Short takes.
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Ever since he joined the sports department of the Boston Globe in 1968, sports enthusiasts have been blessed with the writing and reporting of Bob Ryan. Tony Kornheiser calls him the "quintessential American sportswriter." For the past twenty-five years, he has also been a regular on various ESPN shows, especially The Sports Reporters , spreading his knowledge and enthusiasm for sports of all kinds.

Born in 1946 in Trenton, New Jersey, Ryan cut his teeth going with his father to the Polo Grounds and Connie Mack Stadium, and to college basketball games at the Palestra in Philadelphia when it was the epicenter of the college game. As a young man, he became sports editor of his high school paper-and at age twenty-three, a year into his Boston Globe experience, he was handed the Boston Celtics beat as the Bill Russell era ended and the Dave Cowens one began. His all-star career was launched. Ever since, his insight as a reporter and skills as a writer have been matched by an ability to connect with people-players, management, the reading public-probably because, at heart, he has always been as much a fan as a reporter. More than anything, Scribe reveals the people behind the stories, as only Bob Ryan can, from the NBA to eleven Olympics to his surprising favorite sport to cover-golf-and much more. It is sure to be one of the most talked about sports books of 2014, by one of the sports world's most admired journalists.

Author Notes

Bob Ryan is a retired American sportswriter, widely acclaimed for his coverage of professional basketball for The Boston Globe. He is a member of the College Basketball Writers and New England Basketball halls of fame, and was the recipient of The Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism in 2006 and the Curt Gowdy Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.

Ryan was born on February 21, 1946, in Trenton, New Jersey. He attended high school at the Lawrenceville School from 1960 to 1964, and graduated from Boston College in 1968, with a degree in history. He began writing for The Boston Globe shortly thereafter.

Ryan's Memoir, Scribe: My Life in Sports was published in 2014. Among his other published works are: The Best of Sport: Classic Writing from the Golden Era of Sports, When Boston Won the World Series, The Road to the Super Bowl, The Four Seasons, and Boston Celtics: The History, Legends, and images of America's most celebrated team. He has also coauthored several books including: Drive: The story of My Life, with Larry Bird, and Cousy on the Celtic Mystique, with Bob Cousy.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ryan might be more famous nationally as a somewhat curmudgeonly regular on ESPN's popular sports talk show Around the Horn, but in this memoir, he bleeds Boston Globe printer's ink from his long career as a beat reporter (Celtics basketball, Red Sox baseball) and columnist for that paper. Ryan does venture beyond Boston to write, for example, on the many Olympic Games he's covered (starting in 1992), but his focus returns to the legendary athletes and teams who played in his beloved Boston. And the associations can get personal, as when Hall of Fame Celtics center Dave Cowens asked Ryan to look over his retirement announcement, or when Ryan joined Celtics great Larry Bird and his family and friends for dinner, Bird joking, Man, I never thought I'd be eating with a writer. Readers nationally will enjoy seeing Ryan work his local beat; New England readers will love it.--Moores, Alan Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

As a student at New Jersey's The Lawrenceville School, former Boston Globe sports columnist Ryan was nicknamed "The Scribe" by the school's football coach. After graduating from Boston College in 1968, Ryan scored an internship at the Globe; he took advantage of it, writing about basketball and baseball, and was promoted to a full-time columnist in 1989. Ryan's memoir predictably covers memories of games and athletes past: the Boston Celtics' principled center Dave Cowens was the "most fascinating person I had ever encountered," although golf is Ryan's favorite sport to cover. As a guide for aspiring sportswriters or a personal reflections on a life covering professional sports, Ryan's book falls short. He relies too often on anecdotes, almost like he's writing an extended column. But that might be the point. The book shines when Ryan describes his childhood in Trenton, N.J., the foundation for his sports-filled future. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

The latest book by veteran Boston Globe sportswriter Ryan (Forty-Eight Minutes) is a collection of observations and anecdotes on a wide range of sports topics drawn from his long and distinguished career, plus a bit of autobiographical detail that links the author to notable games, athletes, and coaches. Nearly all of the chronologically organized chapters focus on basketball and baseball; with hockey, football, and golf each getting one chapter's worth of his wit and intelligence. Ryan is at his enthusiastic and eloquent best when reminiscing about his beloved Boston Celtics, giving readers deep insight into the team's championship runs in the 1970s and 1980s as he shares memories of covering legendary performers and colorful personalities such as Larry Bird and John Havlicek. While the author does reflect on his many years as a television commentator for ESPN, including recent controversial remarks that temporarily knocked him off the air, the emphasis is squarely on his nearly five-decade-long writing career. Fans of Robert Lipsyte's An Accidental Sportswriter will appreciate Ryan's similarly anecdotal and partly autobiographical approach. VERDICT This thoroughly engaging book is recommended to all sports enthusiasts, especially readers interested in Boston-area teams.-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Shootaround: "Do You Mind If I Call Red First?"p. 1
2 "The Sportster"p. 5
3 Trenton Bornp. 11
4 Trenton Madep. 23
5 Boston Collegep. 29
6 Becoming a Reporterp. 39
7 Joining the Clubp. 47
8 Take Me Out to the Ball Gamep. 67
9 "You'd Eat That?"p. 79
10 It Was Still in My Bloodp. 92
11 "Now That's a Foul!"p. 103
12 Time to Powder Upp. 112
13 The Glorious NBAp. 117
14 "I'll Decide"p. 132
15 ESPNp. 148
16 This Guy Ain't No Hickp. 152
17 The Olympicsp. 162
18 Beat Me, Whip Me, Take My Picturep. 177
19 The Sub Heard Round the Worldp. 201
20 Smitten by a Lady of Low Reputep. 211
21 Bob Knightp. 217
22 I Can Hardly Believe It's Legalp. 226
23 Ending the Cursep. 241
24 Violence Mixed with Chivalryp. 245
25 Doc and the 2008 Champsp. 255
26 The Prince of Pessimismp. 260
27 Michael v. LeBronp. 268
28 A Good Walk-Alwaysp. 276
29 Can't Live Without Musicp. 285
30 No Complaintsp. 289
31 Short Takesp. 296
Acknowledgmentsp. 307
Indexp. 315