By Gerald Eskenazi
A SportswriterвЂ™s lifestyles is a revealing examine the folk and occasions that have been a part of the historical past of activities from a standpoint often unavailable to the general public. EskenaziвЂ™s within tales of activities will not be constantly flattering, yet they're continuously fun, touching, and revealing. This enjoyable quantity could be loved through someone with an curiosity in reporting, activities, or simply an exceptional tale.
''Jerry Eskenazi is a consummate professional-an sincere and honorable guy in a box the place these parts are too usually ignored. He hasn't ever forgotten the significance of getting a feeling of equity, a feeling of humor, and a real ardour for his occupation. Jerry constantly understood that it's the video games, and the athletes who compete, that make humans are looking to learn the activities web page. He has earned an elite point of belief from his readers and the activities figures he covers, simply because he writes what he sees. He is familiar with what he is doing, and he prepares for every task in a fashion that screens his appreciation and recognize for athletic festival and the personalities involved.'' -Bill Parcells, Head trainer, Dallas Cowboys
''From the respect days of Joe Namath, to the Rangers' quest for a Stanley Cup, to the whacky international of boxing, Jerry Eskenazi has captured those tremendous moments. it is a nice learn via a superior reporter.''-Marv Albert, voice of the hot York Knicks and NBA on TNT
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Many years later, I was in the Yankees’ dugout schmoozing with Bobby Murcer, their popular outfielder. A kid thrust a chewing-gum baseball card in front of him to sign. " Clarence Campbell, National Hockey League commissioner. “I’m sorry,” Murcer told the youngster. ” When I asked Murcer why, he replied, “The kids sell them. ” It has always amazed me that some of the most prominent people in the world—not merely in the world of sports—love seeing their names in the paper. Count among those, to my surprise, Chuck Yeager, the folksy hero of The Right Stuff—the first pilot to break the sound barrier.
Size and strength hardly mattered any more—if you wanted to be a soccer or lacrosse player, or a fencer. These didn’t help you get into the school. What counted was the average. You either had a high enough high school average to get in, or you took an admissions test that, combined with the high school grade, had to be fairly high. There were no mitigating circumstances—not being a legacy, not money, 42 A Sportswriter’s Life not the ability to play the bassoon or carry a football. —who knew, just knew, that at the big-time athletic schools the rules were bent.
It became, however, the Times’s story, a crusade unprecedented in the sports section and that at times seemed to rival the zeal with which the news side of the paper went after the Watergate scandals thirty years earlier. The Times even asked Tiger Woods in an editorial to use his considerable influence to force the issue at the club. He demurred. It is an interesting issue—perhaps on a theoretical level. It makes for good journalism discussion. But it also is typical of what happens in so much sportswriting today.
A Sportswriter's Life: From the Desk of a New York Times Reporter by Gerald Eskenazi