Tag Archives: Ring Lardner

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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It’s Good To Live In A Two-Daily Town (Brown/Warren Ceasefire Edition)

Now that the goo-goos have stopped cooing for a moment  about the Super PAC disarmament pact between likely U.S. Senate rivals Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren,  it’s time for the real world to weigh in – specifically free speech advocates … Continue reading

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A World’s Serious (2011 Edition)

Well that was one for the ages, no? The hardworking staff will leave the play-by-play of the St. Louis Cardinals’ knee-buckling victory in Game 6 of the World Series to others and go straight to the color commentary: • Twice Fox … Continue reading

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WSJ’s Jason Gay Gets All Squirrely

The always-readable Jason Gay broke this news in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal: LeTR fROm thE RaLLy SQuiRRel AtTornEY DEaR PEEpLE of SAiNT LOuIs, My NaMe is RiChaRD FLuFFYTAIL, III, EsQ. I am A SQuiRReL AttornEY with the FiRm of ACoRN, … Continue reading

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