By Robert Lipsyte
A long-time activities columnist for the 'New York instances' combines own tales with the occasions he has coated, discussing how 'Jock tradition' has permeated company, politics, and kinfolk existence, and the way its definitions became the traditional to degree worth
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But all I knew in 1950 and all I needed to know was that his stories filled me with possibility. When I finally returned The Royal Road to Romance several months later—I kept renewing it, and it often traveled in my fag bag—I swaggered past Science and flipped You and Heredity the bird. Just try to put Richard Halliburton at the bottom of your chart. He’ll carve his way to the top. And I’ll be right behind him. Richard and Bobby are on their way, bullies. Watch out! . And then the day arrived.
They weren’t going to hit me unless I failed to understand that the interview was over. I scuttled off. I felt humiliated. What had I done wrong? How had I offended The Mick? Should I even be doing this work? I waited until other reporters arrived to chat with Mantle, then lurked outside their circle and eavesdropped. They didn’t bring up the punch directly, although someone asked how Mickey’s jaw felt and he cheerfully told them he was eating lasagna now and expected to be biting into a steak soon.
At first, perhaps defensively, I would try to trace that question back to the discussions about social justice at my parents’ dinner table. ) The question begs, Bobby: What held you in sports for so long, and what kept bringing you back? For starters, I fell in love—with the paper. , when the giant presses in the subbasement roared to life with the first edition. More than fifty years later, the hot-type presses long scrapped, the paper now housed in a glass skyscraper a few blocks south of the Disneyfied Times Square, I can feel the old building shuddering in its nightly rebirth.