Books: Writer With Boxing Gloves

THE PROFESSIONAL (338 pp.)—W. C. Heinz—Harper ($3.95).

One of the remarkable facts about U.S. daily journalism is that its most talented practitioners write about games for boys —or, at any rate, about games for men with boyish hearts. Still, the situation is bearable when the sportswriters stick to sports. The trouble begins when, like aging college athletes shadow-boxing before the bathroom mirror, they tangle with that elusive opponent, literature.

On the jacket of this novel by Freelance Sportswriter W. C. Heinz, the reader is warned of its contents by Quentin Reynolds, himself an ex-athlete...

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