Farewell to Sport


Farewell to Sport

Paul Gallico
Introduction by Zachary Michael Jack

368 pages


December 2008


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About the Book

For fourteen years during the golden age of sports, Paul Gallico was one of America’s ace sportswriters. He saw them all—the stars and the hams, the immortals and the phonies in boxing, wrestling, baseball, football, golf, tennis, and every other field of muscular endeavor in which men and women try to break hearts and necks for cash or glory. Then in 1937, at the height of his game (and the height of the payroll), Gallico suddenly and famously called it quits and left the New York Daily News. But before he departed the world of sports, he left his legions of fans one last hurrah: a collection of his best sports essays called, appropriately, Farewell to Sport.

Here, in twenty-six chapters, every major and minor sport is covered. Included are sketches of Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Tex Rickard, and Jack Sharkey, written in an accessible, conversational style. Often credited with creating “participatory journalism,” Gallico would play golf with Bobby Jones, catch Major League pitcher Dizzy Dean’s fastball, swim with Johnny Weissmuller, play tennis with Helen Wills, catch passes from quarterback Benny Friedman, and box with Jack Dempsey (he lasted one minute, thirty-seven seconds).

Author Bio

Paul Gallico (1897–1976) is best known now as the author of The Poseidon Adventure, which was made into a movie along with several other works of his. His first novel, Snow Goose, has been in print continuously since 1941.
Zachary Michael Jack is the editor of Inside the Ropes: Sportswriters Get Their Game On (Nebraska 2008).


“[Farewell to Sport] debunked professional wrestling and decried discrimination against black athletes and the hypocrisy of amateurism.”—Molly Ivins, New York Times

“A high-colored panorama of thirteen years of sport, a summing up of the success and sob stories.”—New York Review of Books

“[Gallico] is one of that small circle of writers who are the despair of the rest of us pedestrians; he cannot be dull. . . . Whether he is discussing Mildred [Babe] Didrikson or Primo Carnera or the race question in sport,he is always entertaining.”—John R. Tunis, Saturday Review of Literature

Table of Contents

I. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory . . .
II. Who Do You Think You Are--Dempsey?
III. His Majesty the King
IV. Mitt the Queen Too
V. Pity the Poor Giant
VI. One Hero
VII. By Horatio Alger, Jr.
VIII. Shoot the Million
IX. Amateurs? There Ain't None
X. Inside the Inside
XI. Funny Game
XII. Punch with Him
XIII. Pigs at the Trough
XIV. Come on--My Horse!
XV. Keep Your Head Down
XVI. Last Stronghold of Hypocrisy
XVII. Within There Sits a Man
XVIII. Farewell to Muscle Molls, Too
XX. Under the Guns
XXI. Young Men of Manhattan
XXII. The Feel
XXIII. Eightball
XXIV. Miscellany--Rasslin', Bike-Riding, Foot-Running
XXV. More Miscellany
XXVI. The Next Fifty Years

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