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Good Bounces & Bad Lies: The Autobiography of Ben Wright

Wright, Ben; Shiels, Michael Patrick

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ISBN 10: 1886947228 / ISBN 13: 9781886947221
Published by Sleeping Bear Press, 1999
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Near-new condition - NO remainder marks or price clippings - Price inside dustcover: $24.95 - 304 pages - Tight spine - Bright pages - Gift inscription in book front - on blank page - NO other writing, marks or tears inside book - Illustrated with photos. For over forty-five years, Ben Wright has been the voice of the golfing world, beginning his career as a sportswriter for the Daily Dispatch in Manchester, England in 1954. In the years following you would find his columns in a variety of publications--from The Financial Times in London, where he became its first ever golf correspondent, to Sports Illustrated. Good Bounces & Bad Lies covers the peaks and valleys of Wright's brilliant and often controversial career in the media. From his breakthrough interview in 1954 with British Open champion Peter Thomson, to his own 1995 interview that derailed his career at CBS. Fascinating memories from going AWOL from the British Army in 1953 to see Hogan play at Carnoustie, to the many intimate conversations with the great writers and players from over four decades of sport. His articulate prose and ability to tell a tale are unrivaled, as his wit and intellect fill these pages. It has been said that Wright has lived the lives of six men--Good Bounces & Bad Lies is proof that he has. Bookseller Inventory # 022425

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Title: Good Bounces & Bad Lies: The Autobiography ...

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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The author describes his career as a golf journalist and broadcaster, and shares ancedotes concerning the professional golfers and golfing celebrities he has known


You've got to give this to former CBS golf analyst Ben Wright: he can sure tell a story, and the further he shoves his soft-spiked foot into his mouth, the better the stories. His anecdotal autobiography flits back and forth between idolatry and wickedness, and at times his pen has no governor at all. Case in point: Wright idolized Ben Hogan. He even went AWOL from the British army in 1953 "shamelessly, though without a trace of guilt," he admits, because it was the only way he could get off base to see Hogan win the Open at Carnoustie. (It's hard to quarrel with that.) After teeing up several tales that firmly ensconce Hogan on his pedestal, Wright finally veers off this way: "These stories illustrate the kind of perfection, dedication and respect with which Gary McCord"--Wright's fellow CBS analyst, and a pretty funny guy in his own right--"was wholly unfamiliar." Fore! Wright then proceeds to launch into a tale of introducing McCord to Hogan, Hogan humiliating McCord when he finds out McCord's been on tour for 17 years and has no victories, and Wright, who clearly detests McCord, getting to gloat, "I told you so."

Wright likes to gloat; he does a lot of it in Good Bounces, and he's awfully entertaining--if somewhat small--when he does. He's also entertaining on the intricacies and personalities of CBS's golf broadcasts, and what an analyst must go through when he criticizes a player. When Wright kept chastising Peter Jacobsen's atrocious putting, Jacobsen claimed he'd exorcised those woes by mentally imaging Wright being hoisted from the TV tower by a helicopter and flown into outer space. Which is about where Wright ultimately wound up when he hooked his career into the drink with some out-of-bounds comments about women golfers, breasts, and lesbianism in 1995. He still offers a bagful of excuses for the incident that badly tarnished him, but he does treat it with appropriate seriousness and contrition. He makes no excuses, though, for the alcoholism that actually sunk him. Given the public nature of his disgrace, Good Bounces is something of a mulligan for Wright. As both raconteur and provocateur, he's made a pretty good shot of it. --Jeff Silverman

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