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The unorthodox sportscaster shares provocative anecdotes about some of the colorful figures of the sports world, including Reggie Jackson, Wilt Chamberlain, Pete Rose, Billie Jean King, and Michael Jordan.
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During the 13 years Firestone has hosted SportsLook and Up Close on ESPN, he has interviewed almost all of the major figures in and on the fringes of sports. Additionally, in his career as a stand-up comic, he has become acquainted with many show-biz types as well. His ease with the greats, near greats and ingrates is apparent here as he and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Ostler segue smoothly from one celebrity to the next, meshing Howard Cosell, Tommy Lasorda and basketball coaches Abe Lemons and Rick Mejerus in one section; blending Willie Stargell, Al McGuire and Bill Walsh in another. Firestone, not an awed fan, tells why he dislikes Bobby Knight, pities Cosell and despises Don King. One of the best chapters in the book concerns race in America. Unlike those who view sports as contributing to the end of racism, Firestone views the celebrity status of black athletes as white America's means of relieving guilt, which "puts us in a false comfort zone." Photos not seen by PW.
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Book Description Hyperion, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. 000-475: Hardcover with Dustjacket. 198 pages. No Defects. A New, Unread Book. A beautiful, square, tight copy with clean, unmarked pages. Tight hinges indicate book has never been opened. Perfect Gift Quality. 8 Pages of Black & White Photographs. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Stated First Edition 1993. Seller Inventory # 36809
Book Description Hyperion, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. shopwear and bumping to edges of dj. Seller Inventory # 005036
Book Description Hyperion, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M156282869X
Book Description Hyperion, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11156282869X