Gods at Play: An Eyewitness Account of Great Moments in American Sports (Hardcover)

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A beautifully observed narrative of American sport: character, grit, tragedy, unremarked heroism, and, always, the illuminating story behind the story.


As a columnist for Time magazine, among many other publications, Tom Callahan witnessed an extraordinary number of defining moments in American sport across four decades. He takes us from Roberto Clemente clinching his 3,000th, and final, regular-season hit in Pittsburgh; to ringside for the Muhammad Ali–George Foreman fight in Zaire; and to Arthur Ashe announcing, at a news conference, that he’d tested positive for HIV. There are also little-known private moments: Joe Morgan whispering thank you to a virtually blind Jackie Robinson on the field at the 1972 World Series, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar saying he was more interested in being a good man than in being the greatest basketball player.


Brimming with colorful vignettes and enlivened by Callahan’s eye for detail, Gods at Play offers surprising portraits of the most celebrated names in sports. Roger Rosenblatt calls Callahan “the most complete sportswriter in America. He knows the most and writes the best."



About the Author


Tom Callahan, a former senior writer at Time magazine and sports columnist at the Washington Post, is the author of nine books, including The GM and the New York Times bestseller Johnny U. He lives in Reston, Virginia.

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Sports fans will find a smooth and pleasant ride on this trip back in time.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781324004271
ISBN-10: 1324004274
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2020
Pages: 304