The Sporting Life: Horses, Boxers, Rivers, and a Russian Ballclub

The Sporting Life: Horses, Boxers, Rivers, and a Russian Ballclub

by Bill Barich

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Overview

Bill Barich’s widely praised work is at its peak in these intimate glimpses into the stories behind the stories, the real people behind the public façade of the athletic realm. In this collection, Barich takes readers behind the scenes of both participatory and spectator sports, whose wide variety include:

Three different types of horse racing: down-and-dirty bush racing in Cajun country; an elegant steeplechase at Ascot, England; and a big-time Santa Anita thoroughbred heading for the Kentucky Derby.
Two boxers from radically different ends of the spectrum: Pat Lawlor struggling to make it in San Francisco, and Mike Tyson battling his emotions.
Two fly-fishing adventures on legendary California rivers.
And a ride with the Moscow Red Devils, the world’s strangest baseball club, as they barnstorm the United States with Soviet trinkets for sale, and with technical skills equal to that of a good American high school team.

Every chapter shines with Barich’s distinctive voice, one that skillfully pairs both passion and intelligence with an ample dose of humor. The result is the very best kind of sports writing—from one of the most elegant prose stylists of our time.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team.

Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510706972
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 07/19/2016
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 574,391
File size: 801 KB

About the Author

Bill Barich is the author of numerous books, among them Big Dreams, Laughing in the Hills, and A Fine Place to Daydream. He has written extensively for The New Yorker, as well as Playboy and Sports Illustrated. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow in fiction.
Bill Barich is the author of numerous books, among them Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California and The Sporting Life. He has written extensively for The New Yorker, as well as Playboy and Sports Illustrated. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow in fiction. Barich lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

1 Chasers 13

2 Pride of the Sunset 31

3 Hot Creek Days 51

4 Going to the Moon 61

5 The Quarter Pole 83

6 In Prime Time 97

7 Feather River Country 119

8 Dreaming 141

9 Only the Bull Is Safe 155

10 My Wicker Creel 167

11 Never Say Never 173

12 The Mayflies of Lough Arrow 199

13 The Magic Man 205

Afterword 219

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