Dig a few of Jim Murray's ledes:
Dig this excerpt from Stanley Woodward's classic memoir, "Paper Tiger." It concerns Red Smith and the great horse racing columnist, Joe Palmer:
Six years ago, I had dinner with the late Vic Ziegel at Liebmann's Deli in the Bronx. We'd been introduced through a mutual friend and I wanted to chat with him about his career and the history of sports writing. He was funny in a skeptical, weathered, manner you'd expect from a career newspaperman. I asked him who…
The Stacks now has a weekend home over at The Daily Beast.
Lenny Shecter is best remembered as the man behind Jim Bouton’s classic Ball Four but for a generation of sports fans who followed Shecter’s columns in the New York Post in the late Fifties and the early Sixties he stands as one of the great sports writers of them all. He had a quick-witted, thoughtful and irreverent…
Another good one—Rick Reilly's 1986 SI tribute to the columnist Jim Murray—"King of the Sports Page":
From Stanley Woodward's great memoir, Paper Tiger, here's how the legendary newspaper editor lured Red Smith and Joe Palmer to the New York Herald Tribune:
Damon Runyon was a big shot sports writer in the 1920s and he became an even bigger deal as a chronicler of life on Broadway. Here is a good introduction to his work, including the short story, "Romance in the Roaring Forties."