Topic: Excerpts

April 17, 2014

How did a great Joe Montana touchdown pass to Dwight Clark become "The Catch"? The same way all NFL myths get made: because NFL Films had its camera in just the right place, and knew just how to sell it. An excerpt from Travis Vogan's book Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media.

September 17, 2013

An excerpt from Matthew Callan's new novel "Hang A Crooked Number," which is surely the best book about baseball and a secretive spy organization knwn as the Moe Berg Society that a Classical contributor has written so far this year.

July 20, 2012

The night that Bobby Valentine donned the worst disguise in baseball history wasn't exactly the most important moment in the New York Mets' odd and almost-wonderful 1999 season. But, as this excerpt from Matthew Callan's e-book Yells For Ourselves proves, Valentine's eye-black-aided transformation into "The Lurker" had a goofy significance of its own.

July 19, 2012

Luis Tiant was a great pitcher, if perhaps one too interesting, flawed, and non-linear for the Hall of Fame. But he was also more than that, and a pitcher whose uniquely contorted and violent motion carved out a new and strange type of baseball grace. From the new e-book "The Hall of Nearly Great."

June 26, 2012

In 1963, Merry Lepper became the first woman ever to finish a marathon. But first the marathon had to get ready for her. An excerpt from Marathon Crasher, by David Davis.