I'll Play These: A Sports Writer's Life

· Xlibris Corporation

About this ebook

Writing in a golden age of sports, Bob Markus, like a Zelig or a Forrest Gump, was present at many of the most famous-or infamous--sports events of that time. He was there for the Franco Harris Immaculate Reception", for the tragic 1972 Munich Olympics and the stunning upset of the United States basketball team by the Russians, with an assist by the game officials, for the over-hyped Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King tennis match, for the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier heavyweight Championship Fight and several college football so-called games of the century. The athletes he interviewed and wrote about included Ali, Joe Frazier, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Roberto Clemente, Mario Andretti and Joe DiMaggio. Here are many of his best columns and stories, interspersed with the story of his own sports writing life. You'll read of the day Ali admitted to him he was afraid each time he stepped in a ring and of the tragic 1973 Indianapolis 500 in which driver Swede Savage, a good friend was killed. And, you'll read about office politics and behind the scenes maneuvering that resulted in one man's journey from ecstasy to angst.

About the author

Bob Markus spent 36 years as a sports writer and columnist for The Chicago Tribune, winning numerous awards, including a National Headliner Award as best sports columnist and three Illinois Sports Writer of the Year honors. He has been included in Who's Who in America in each of the last 25 years. A 1955 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, he was a general assignment reporter and assistant state editor for the Moline (I1.) Dispatch before joining The Tribune in 1959. He and his wife of 48 years, Leslie lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and they have two daughters namely Cathy and Trish and a son Mike.

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