Books: Sporting Life

THE RED SMITH READER Edited by Dave Anderson Random House; 308 pages; $15.95

TO ABSENT FRIENDS FROM RED SMITH by Red Smith Atheneum; 478 pages; $17.95 riling a column is easy," he used to say. "You just sit at your typewriter until little drops of blood appear on your forehead."

The job must have had its masochistic charms, because Red Smith never wanted to be anything but a "newspaper stiff." He started on the news side in Milwaukee in 1927, shifted to sports two years later in St. Louis, then spent ten years covering Connie...

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