The Press: An Evangelist of Fun

In the clubhouse at Florida's Hialeah race track, a breathless friend once greeted a reporter: "Say, I've just met Grantland Rice, the greatest guy you ever saw." "That," replied the reporter, "is the most unoriginal remark I've ever heard." In the fast, competitive world of sportswriting, where writers more often pan than praise each other, no one ever knocked courtly, gentle Henry Grantland Rice. In 53 years as a sports reporter, "Granny" Rice turned out more than 1,000,000 words of sports copy a year, plus hundreds of magazine articles and several volumes of...

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