Tag Archives: Ring Lardner

The 2015 World’s Serious (Serious Second-Guessing Edition)

(Tip o’ the pixel to Ring Lardner’s classic A World’s Serious) Well, that kind of blew for any righteous New York Mets fan, eh? The Junior Pinstripes went Chernobyl for the second straight night, starting with a disastrous top of the … Continue reading

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The World’s Serious Just Got Serious

. . . in a seriously bad way, given that the New York Mets went Chernobyl in Game 4. The gruesome details, via Newsday: Nightmare eighth inning leaves Mets with 3-1 deficit in World Series The Mets could see new life. … Continue reading

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Leigh Montville Has 20/20 Heinz Sight in WSJ Review

The hardworking staff is a longtime fan of the great W.C. Heinz, and we’re hoping everyone else will catch up with us thanks to the Library of America’s new publication, The Top of His Game: The Best Sportswriting of W.C. … Continue reading

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NYT’s Jim Brosnan Obit Lacks Heinz-Sight

Jim Brosnan, a baseball-hurler-turned-word-twirler, died last week, as the New York Times noted yesterday. From the estimable Bruce Weber’s obit: Jim Brosnan, Who Threw Literature a Curve, Dies at 84 Jim Brosnan, who achieved modest baseball success as a relief … Continue reading

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Joseph Epstein Review Of Red Smith Anthology Lacks Heinz Sight

One of the several joys of subscribing to The Weekly Standard is the work of Joseph Epstein, a writer of uncommon sense and sensibility. His piece last week was a review of American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith, a Library … Continue reading

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How To Get A World Series Ring

Friday’s Boston Herald op-ed page featured a piece by Cornelius Chapman that serves as a perfect segue to post-season baseball in Boston. Sports scribe put literary hat in Ring Of all the newspaper reporters ever to tap a typewriter in Boston, only … Continue reading

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Yankee Double-Headline In NYT

From our Pinstripe Compare ‘n’ Contrast desk Call it Yankee tradition vs. Yankee contrition. First, the sad news, from Sunday’s New York Times: Bob Turley, Pitcher With a Blazing Fastball, Dies at 82 Bob Turley, a Cy Young-winning, right-handed pitcher … Continue reading

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Damon Runyon Watch: Guys and Dogs

The hardworking staff has long admired early 20th century journalist/short story writer Damon Runyon (although not as much as contemporary journalist/short story writer Ring Lardner, whose The Young Immigrunts is quite possibly the funniest piece we’ve ever read). But back to … Continue reading

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It’s Good To Live In A Two-Daily Town (The Young Immigrunts Edition)

The Globe/Herald division of labor: One has facts, the other has opinions. See IGTLTDT for details. (Special Ring Lardner bonus included!)  

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Great American Sportswriter Lists Lack Heinz Sight

Two recent pieces (not to be confused with Reese’s Pieces) about American sportswriters have excluded one name from the roll call of the best at their craft: W.C. Heinz, Heavyweight Champion of the Word as Jeff MacGregor dubbed him in a … Continue reading

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