By Gerald Eskenazi

A Sportswriter’s existence is a revealing examine the folks and occasions that have been a part of the historical past of activities from a standpoint frequently unavailable to the general public. Eskenazi’s within tales of activities aren't consistently flattering, yet they're continually fun, touching, and revealing. This enjoyable quantity should be loved by way of an individual with an curiosity in reporting, activities, or simply a very good tale.

''Jerry Eskenazi is a consummate professional-an sincere and honorable guy in a box the place these parts are too frequently neglected. 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 consistently 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 understands what he is doing, and he prepares for every project in a fashion that screens his appreciation and recognize for athletic festival and the personalities involved.'' -Bill Parcells, Head trainer, Dallas Cowboys

''From the dignity days of Joe Namath, to the Rangers' quest for a Stanley Cup, to the whacky global of boxing, Jerry Eskenazi has captured those marvelous moments. it is a nice learn by way of a premiere reporter.''-Marv Albert, voice of the hot York Knicks and NBA on TNT

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It is an acquired skill. 3 Tricks of the Trade No one at the paper taught you anything back in 1959. You were supposed to look clever, act clever, get the coffee order right. When you did all that, and showed you could write, they tossed you out into the field. No training program. Still, I found it easy enough to connect to someone I was interviewing when it was, say, a high school coach. My address—the New York Times— preceded me. I already was ingratiated with that person. But what about Joe Namath?

He is tired, perhaps, or he has just lost, or he is in pain. There is something else: Few of us are prepared to talk to celebrities we have read about, maybe even had looked up to from afar. What to say to Namath when I started covering the Jets in 1975? He had already done it all and seen it all. Namath’s name was so ingrained in the American consciousness that one entrepreneur even started an employment agency called Mantle Men and Namath Girls—it was a job-search firm with he-man Mickey Mantle supposedly helping men find jobs while the sexy Namath found work for the women.

About forty of us boarded the media bus from Midtown, along with the driver. It was a red-and-white bus, with “World’s Champ” lettered on the side. As soon as we got out of New York City and onto the New York State Thruway, Ali (“Cassius” still to most of the people on the bus) took over. He drove uneventfully for ninety minutes. And then, suddenly, with a jerk, we were all at a list as the bus nearly tumbled over. The road had narrowed and Ali had driven us into a ditch. The bus was tilted so far to the right that we couldn’t get out the door.

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