The Press: Ill-tempered Clavichord

Few of the great names that once reported football still wrote their bylines on the sports pages last week. In the New York Sun and some 125 other papers Grantland Rice went on murmuring genteel phrases that made football sound as leisurely as golf, as intellectual as chess. But Damon Runyan had become a general columnist and short-story writer; so had Paul Gallico. Westbrook Pegler discoursed solemnly about politics, as did Heywood Broun. William O'Connell McGeehan and Ring Lardner were dead.

Of the few veterans that remained, one of the best-paid and most eccentric...

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